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Bishop Jaona Ranarivelo and R. Seth report on the current solution of St Lawrence’s College, Ambohimanoro Antananarivo and make an appeal for funding the College as the College is having difficult time and necessitates an urgent intervention.
 
ANTSIRANANA 100824-2
August 24, 2010

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] The XIIIth meeting of the Synod of the diocese of Antananarivo, in July 2009, having objectively studied the report on the current solution of St Lawrence’s College, Ambohimanoro was aware of the fact that the College is having difficult time and necessitates an urgent intervention. But prior to any possible intervention, the question is to assess appropriate and efficient strategies as well as the necessary means in order to attain those objectives.
The “Education Commission” of the Synod recommended the setting up of an Ad Hoc Committee for the urgent new start of the College. Priorities for it were to a smooth organisation of the beginning of the new school year 2009-2010 as well as to recruit the new Head Master, who, in fact, had begun to assume his duties since 1st January 2010.
The Committee and the new Head Master, having made an overall view of the situation, were persuaded of the possibility to restore the image of St Lawrence’s College, while considering an effective new start. The present project then is to present the plan of this new start.
A Task Force of the project has been erected, product of the collaboration of the three following entities:
 The Headmastership
 The Ad Hoc Committee
 The Diocesan Communication Department
Moreover, the College adopted a proactive approach, meaning a positive vision oriented toward partnership. Such action is being taken with the aim of inciting the ambition of all those who feel themselves concerned in the life of the College, to consolidate and encourage all the faithful and sympathisers, in order to accept this challenge which, in one hand seems to be ambitious, but in the other hand is founded on good making up the principal objectives of the College, to form a new generation of responsibles, able to respect values under all its aspects: human, social cultural, moral and spiritual.
On behalf of the Diocese, I should like to exhort all alumni of the College, both pupils and teachers, as well as the different partners, public and private, local and expatriates, to back up this project. I consent to give mandate to the Task Force to represent all levels of the governing bodies in every step of contact with the partners.
Finally, I wish to encourage the present initiative of the college to get involved in this path which is both difficult and promising, while assuring you of my support and prayers.
God bless you.
Rt Revd RANARIVELO Samoela Jaona
Diocesan Bishop