ST. THERESE SISTERS IN NYAKAHOJA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Since J.M.J. Sisters were missionaries, they had finally to hand over
the apostolic work which they had started. In negotiation with the then Bishop
of Mwanza Diocese, the late Bishop Renatus Butibubage, these missionaries
handed over their apostolate to sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus From
Prayer and work. Very committed
and dedicated to God and to the Social services.
All are possible under their vows of poverty, obedience and chastity.
Sr. Caritas Kokuteta and Sr. Revocata Kokumaramara arrived at the Holy
Family Convent on 19th October, 1970. The new school year was starting in November.
Sr. Caritas began teaching in the school and Sr. Revocata assisted in
the boarding programme. The following year they were joined by Sr. Liberata Batangaki
as a teacher, Sr. Alberta
Bimanywenda for Makongoro Girls Hostel which hosted the students of Mwanza
Secondary School and Sr. Gisela Karunde for social work in Kirumba Parish.
Sr. Berdin, the head-teacher of the school, began showing clearly the
way to the one who will come after her in a motherly way. Her love for the
children of Tanzania was shown in the way she wanted her work to be continued.
As sisters, even though we belong to different congregations, we are
all working for the same goal of building the church.
Guided by the word of Christ, “Whatsoever you do to the least of
my brothers that you do onto me” (Mt. 25:40). The J.M.J. Sisters left
for India and Holland in 1975.
The Day of Days came on 6th February, 1975,when the St.
Therese Sisters took over from the J.M.J. Sisters all the administration work
Nyakahoja. Sr. Caritas Kokuteta became the head-teacher and the assistant was
Sr. Liberata Batangaki, who was also the superior of Holy Family Convent. The
other members of the Theresian Staff were Sr. Theonestina Katundano, Sr.
Pelagia Rwegoshora and Sr. Floriana Kasano.
The matron of the boarding programme was Sr. Revocata Kokumaramara with
the late Sr. Generoza Sostenes, Sr.
Alberta Bimanywenda – matron of the hostel, and
Sr. Florencia Bernadeta for social works in Kirumba.
Carrying on our new task in
Nyakahoja Primary School was not easy. Many
people in Mwanza town and elsewhere doubted about our ability to continue at
the same pace of development the school had attained. In faith and trust in
the Lord we played our part. With
confidence we remained in the spirit of the founder of the school. We took
care that what had been entrusted to us would be maintained.
“We did not have things to give to the school but we had ability and
commitment to transmit knowledge”.
Slowly parents gained confidence in us, as they saw how Nyakahoja was
making development. On 27th
May,1975 we had the first Parents Meeting in the school; where by the late Mr.
John Malongo was elected chairman of the school Committee.
On the 11th June,1975 we celebrated the Parents’ Day.
This event strengthened the good contact and co-operation between parents
and the school for the greater benefit of the children.