INDIA: Salesian school receives honors
Don Bosco High School Matunga receives top honors as one of the best schools in the country
(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco High School Matunga, located in Mumbai, India, has been consistently acknowledged as one of India’s best schools and is known for its pursuit of academic excellence. In November and December 2020, Education Today and Education World published the list of the best schools in India, both nationally and at the state level, for the academic year 2019-2020.
The schools were rated on the 10 metrics of academic reputation, individual attention, infrastructure provision, innovative teaching, safety and hygiene, sports education, value for money, holistic development, quality of leadership management, and curricular activities.
Don Bosco High School Matunga ranked high in Mumbai and in all of India in specific categories. On Dec. 30, Education Today awarded the school a first-place ranking in the national Parents’ Choice Award category. Education World awarded the school 10th place nationally and third in the state of Maharashtra and in the city of Mumbai.
Father Bernard Fernandes, principal of school said, “There could be no better way to end the year than to be winners of these awards. We are happy to have received these awards, especially in a difficult year like 2020. Our school has a strong Salesian culture and ethics, and it is this good foundation that has allowed us to reach this level of excellence.”
Don Bosco High School Matunga also has award-winning state-of-the-art sports and recreational facilities. The school has a sprawling campus that enables a strong sports program. This school year, new and renovated sports facilities were launched, including a new football turf, hockey turf and indoor basketball court. There was also and renovation of three existing basketball courts, along with refurbishment of the natural grass football ground and cricket grounds and nets for practice.
The school helps promote sport and identify talent by enabling students to attend sports training within the regular school curriculum. The sports program offers gymnastics, skating, judo, karate, chess, speech and drama, arts and crafts, skating, lawn tennis, dance, and robotics. Youth are able to choose two activities and receive training during the year.
Salesian programs across India are primarily focused on education. Salesian primary and secondary education helps youth prepare for later technical, vocational or university study. Other programs help to support poor youth and their families by meeting the basic needs of shelter, proper nutrition and medical care.
Access to professional training and workforce development services is highly valued by youth in India. The country, which is home to 1.34 billion people (18 percent of the world’s population), will have overtaken China as the world’s most populous country by 2024, according to the World Economic Forum. While India has the world’s largest youth population, it has yet to capitalize on this, leaving some 30 percent of this population without employment, education or training.
India has the world’s fourth-largest economy but more than 22 percent of the country lives in poverty. About 31 percent of the world’s multidimensionally poor children live in India, according to a report by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. A multidimensionally poor child is one who lacks at least one-third of 10 indicators, grouped into three dimensions of poverty: health, education and standard of living.
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