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Monday, February 17th, 2014 

At 9:00am, on 15th of February 2014, parents for the first year students at Don Bosco College gathered to hear about the College’s activities and program. There were over 200 parents and guardians present on the day.

 

 The meeting started with the prayer by Bro. Robert Malusa. The director of ceremonies and head of Engineering Section, Mr. Moses Banda invited Fr. Michael for opening remarks. In his remarks, the Principal welcomed all parents and guardians and thanked them for coming to the meeting. He took the opportunity to inform all parents that he would be leaving for a meeting in Rome for two months and that in his absence, Bro. Robert will be acting.

 Mr. Ken Mlima, the Head of Academics talked about the academic procedures. He read all the rules and regulations for the school. Later the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Phelatu took over with the school program and activities. Then Mr. Patrick Masala came in with the issues regarding tuition and examination fees.

 After all the inputs, parents and guardians were given chance to ask questions. Finally one parent was given time to speak on behalf of all parents. In his remarks he thanked the management for the particular way of running the college which is very different from all other colleges in Malawi. He further requested the management to upgrade the teachers so as to allow the students get even higher qualifications.

 The meeting ended at 12:00 noon with the prayer by one of the parents. Later parents were taken to see various classrooms and workshops where students learn.

Friday, February 14th, 2014 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them.

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies.

A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were prosecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Rutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de S?o Valentim is recognized on June 12.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of Courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greetings cards (known as “valentines“). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greetings card legend.

Don Bosco College also observed the Valentine day in style as shown in the pictures below.

 

What do we learn from the Valentine about true LOVE?…..

Valentine’s Day. The day that happy couples exchange kisses and chocolate and go out for a candle-lit dinner. And unhappy couples feel worse about their marriage than on any other day of the year.

Valentine’s Day generates record-breaking flower sales and the exchange of over a billion boxes of chocolate. It also triggers a dramatic increase in the number of calls made to divorce attorneys. Online searches for “divorce” and “divorce advice” increase by as much as 40 percent in the weeks that surround this supposed celebration of love.

One explanation for this is that unhappily married people hold out through the holidays, and by January or February, they’re ready to act. Another is that Valentine’s Day makes a clear distinction between the haves and have-nots: those who have love and romance (and a dozen red roses) and those who do not.

Valentine’s Day is the relationship equivalent of standing in a fluorescent-lit dressing room trying on swimsuits: every dimple, flaw and bit of flesh out of place is magnified tenfold. The forgotten bill or the snappish attitude, the trash left un-emptied, the “not tonight dears” or the sex that lacks spark — the things that we tolerate (even if just barely) can, on this one loaded day, transform into deal breakers.

Hold any relationship up to an ideal and there will inevitably be ways that it won’t measure up. Assume that one person can be everything we wish for, expect sparkle, pizzazz and unflagging enthusiasm, and the sweet, ordinary aspects of married life can seem second-rate, when they’re not.

For many people, Valentine’s Day can be a pass-fail test of love and devotion and, under such rigorous scrutiny; even some of the best marriages might fail the test.

Valentine’s Day should, instead, be a reminder to focus on what we have, as

Friday, February 14th, 2014 

“Give me Souls,… take away the Rest…”

It was on 31st January when students gathered in the newly build church at 8:00 am for the Holy Mass to mark the beginning of the feast of Don Bosco. The mass was presided over by Fr. Michael, who is the Principal of the College. In his speech Fr. Michael narrated the biography of St. Don Bosco which he asked the congregation to emulate his example. The school choir and the liturgical dancers spiced the ceremony with their well prepared songs.

 

The Mass was followed by the quiz headed by Mr. Banda an Electrical Engineering Instructor. The entire sections par took the quiz and Accountancy, Hospitality Management and Information Technology managed to take the first, second and third positions respectively.

 

Activities after the quiz made the day even more entertaining. The Master of ceremonies, Mr. Precious Chilupysa called the sections in order of the program as follows; Automechanics, Accountancy, Electrical Engineering, Information Communication Technology, Fashion Arts & Beaut, Hospitality Management and Construction. The activities were enriched by the individual activities in between.

 

At 1:00pm, all students and staff gathered in the dining hall for lunch and were served with delicious meal. Befitting with the celebration, first year students and the continuing students participated in different sporting activities. Continuing students proved to be victorious in all games that were played. The games included; football, volleyball, basketball and netball.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 

Stand up for an AIDS free future……

It is the wish of Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute to have an HIV/AIDS free generation through their education system. Apart from forming students into good future employees/entrepreneurs and honest citizens, Don Bosco also helps the young people discover their talents through social activities, clubs and sports. It doesn’t just end there, apart from the Salesian Feasts that puts all students together, they also organize some gathering.

It was witnessed by Kondwani Mwenefumbo and Spiwe Mwalwanda from Macro on 22nd January 2014 when they saw a huge crowd of young people willing to have HIV testing after a motivational talk. Students had opportunity to ask questions on HIV/AIDS related issues. This is a big stride towards an HIV free nation as many students flocked to the testing rooms that were prepared on the day.

Kondwani who was the main facilitator on this day, said the getting to zero campaign runs up to 2015 and by then our goals to be achieved include all new HIV infections prevented among young people who use drugs, vertical transmission of HIV eliminated and AIDS related maternal reduced by half and sexual transmission of HIV reduced by half. He also added that there are some factors facilitating new infections including multiple and concurrent partners. He further advised the young people to abstain from sexual behaviors as this is the only sure way of reducing the infection among them. He said young people are the most vulnerable because they form 60% of the total population of Malawi, they are the most sexually active age group and they are at an experimenting stage of their lives.

testing and counseling on the day;

 

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 

On Saturday, 17th January, 2014 Students from colleges around Lilongwe were brought to Malawi National Library Service – Lilongwe – Headquarters to Celebrate John Chilembwe and Dr. Martin Luther king’s Day to honor contributions and achievements of their civil rights struggle.

America celebrates Dr. Martin Luther king’s Day every January to honor the contributions and achievements of Martin Luther civil rights struggle.
The function targeted the youth and it included live musical performance by Malawian and American artists based in the country, discussions and documentaries on a big screen.

There were questions like; “What is your dream?”

Some of the answers from the young people included;
– To make sure that everyone is heard despite their culture, age, sex…
– I would like to become the second female president of Malawi…
– To become a “megaphone” of the minorities…
– To bringing people of all races together..

In addition there was Debate about contributions and achievements of Reverend John Chilembwe and Martin Luther King civil rights struggle. Audience was divided into two groups and later presented their motions through representatives.

The event was organized by US Embassy Public Affairs Section.

The event in Pix