New secondary school in Peru – ‘Colegio Anthony Zammit’
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Yesterday, Tuesday, the 8th of March, children aged 11 and 12, flocked to the enrolment office in a small urban town called Santa Rosa in the forest of Peru, to try and get a chair in the new Secondary school that has just been inaugurated.
Fr. Anthony Zammit, a missionary of Victoria, Gozo. has been working in the Selva of the VRAE for the last two years and through the help of many generous Maltese people has nearly finished building a church, as well as making it possible to open a much needed Secondary School which they named after him, ‘Colegio Anthony Zammit.’
The school will only have One Form to start with and will be run by three teachers who will also teach in the primary school at the same time. Next year there will also be Form two and so on consecutively.
Fr. Anthony has pledged to pay the wages of two of the three teachers for this year. Next year the Government will take over the payment when the school would have successfully run for one year. Fr. Anthony, who will shortly return to Peru, said that these 35 to 40 students who have been enrolled would otherwise have roamed the streets and worked in the fields for their parents. School in Peru is not mandatory.
Fr. Anthony Zammit, who, when in Malta works as a Hospital Chaplain at the Gozo General Hospital said that he has always had help from sponsors and used his own money to pay for teachers to teach Religion to thousands of kids. "This is the real value of money," he says, "’when cash is transformed into the education of human beings."
If anybody would like find out further information then please contact Fr. Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org or sms him on 79914800. Please keep him in your prayers.