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Prime Minister's Visit to his former school, Presentation Convent School, Wah, Pakistan

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03/10/2018

Prime Minister Nasir-Ul-Mulk

The caretaker Prime Minister recalled his early years at school where he studied from 1957 to 1963 as a boarding student, starting at the age of six. Sr Vincent, Sr James (Marie Therese) and Sr Andrew were around in his time. He remembered with fondness Sr James, pbvm who, despite being known for her strictness, gave him a double promotion in a class after judging his capabilities. 

“However, when you leave this school, you cherish it as the best time of your life,” he told the students, and paid tribute to the Sisters, who remained caring toward the students even while maintaining discipline. 

He also expressed confidence that the present teachers would maintain the same high standards of the institution which was known for its discipline and quality education. 

Sr Emer, Provincial of the Presentation Sisters (Union) in Pakistan, said that the institution was contributing towards the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals with particular focus on ensuring education and gender equality. She said all Presentation Convent schools had the main ambition of preparing students to achieve the best for themselves and for the country. 

Principal, Sr Parveen Barkat, pbvm said that it was an honour for the school to welcome its former student who had now become the Prime Minister of the country. 

Senior coordinator, Shazia Javed, gave a brief history of the Presentation Sisters in Pakistan, and said that there are 14 schools across the country under the care of the Presentation Sisters. She said that the first Presentation Convent was founded in 1775 by Nano Nagle, an Irish woman. The Sisters came to the sub-continent in 1842 and set up the first school in Rawalpindi in 1895. 

The teachers sang two songs very harmoniously – Who Will Light the Lantern, Nano’s song and a national song. The students from different classes presented tableaus. 

Later, the Prime Minister planted a maple sapling in the courtyard of the school and also penned his comments in the visitor’s book. In the comment he wrote:

“The way Presentation Convent, Wah has maintained its standards and is carrying forward the mission of Venerable Nano Nagle is indeed commendable. I wish the institution success in its mission of serving the cause of education.” 

Sr Rehana Mehnga, pbvm, Principal of Presentation Convent School Rawalpindi, Sister Shameen and Sister Nargis, along with students, attended the event. 

They are grateful to God that all went very well. Indeed it was a memorable day for all. May God bless them and their country. 

 

Submitted by: Sr Parveen Barkat, pbvm

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