|India||DON'T LET HINDU FANATICS GET YOU DOWN: MESSAGE TO CHURCH EDUCATORS|
Delhi's Archbishop Alan de Lastic told a church-sponsored educational forum that anti-Christian sectarian violence occurred because of upper caste Hindu fear that education will lead to questioning of the status quo and an end to cheap, subservient labor.
With an estimated 4 million children graduating from Christian educational institutions every year, the archbishop said he considered education "the most powerful instrument of human development and nation building."
He urged Christians to minister through education to "break down the inhuman structures and barriers that keep oppressing the poor."
Christians are only 2.32% of the country's 960 million people, but they provide 5 percent of the nation's primary education, 10% of its health care, 25% of its care for orphans and widows, and 30% of its care for the mentally and physically handicapped, he said.
Speakers at the consultation, held in the southern city of Bangalore, also said they wanted Christian schools to promote interreligious dialogue and human development and not to focus solely on academic excellence.
"Our education should promote people's culture and values so that there will emerge a new humanness with dignity and identity," Archbishop de Lastic said.
|10:26am 12/5/99 / UCA News|