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‘Keep identity of Catholic universities’ RC urges graduates

Pascal Mwanache, Ifakara

A call has been made to scholars, charitable entities and private institutions in the country to learn from the efforts made by the Catholic Church in the country, in provision of social services to all people especially in rural areas regardless of their religion background, tribe or region differences.

Speaking during the 3rd graduation ceremony of St. Francis University College of Health and Allied Sciences (SFUCHAS), Morogoro Regional Commissioner Dr. Kebwe Steven Kebwe said that SFUCHAS and other Catholic institutions are far away in addressing the challenges of health in the country and specifically in rural areas where many specialists are not willing to work.

“You are doing the same work done by the early missionaries. It should be noted that the colonialists provided social services where they had interest. But you are doing the opposite, you are giving services to all people and at all places,” he said.

On the other hand, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ifakara Rt. Rev Salutaris Libena said that the success of the college is the continuation of efforts made by Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) to invest in education infrastructures.

“We have gathered here to send our young men and women. Graduation means to announce to the world that the one who is being credited with a certificate or gift has no debt at the college. We are sending them around the world to provide services to all the people as they were taught in the college,” he said.

Meanwhile, the celebrations went together with the inauguration of the hostels project which will serve students at the college, inauguration of the dental school project as well as laying a foundation on the Bishop Agapiti Ndorobo building.

A total of 256 students graduated during the ceremony.