The Foundress of the Loreto Sisters – Mary Ward, goes down in history as a great woman of many firsts! She lived over 400 yrs ago – born and bred in England. Her dream was to empower the women of the world through formal education in order to become equal and respected partners in society. She believed that education was the fire missing in the lives of the women and she did all she could to make it happen. Looking at it today, our society has had a lot in common with Mary Ward’s society. However, and very luckily, a lot has been done to help women and girls to go through formal education.
This is the pride of Loreto Education. We pride ourselves in a great alumni who are to be found in virtually all sectors of our society globally. When Lupita Nyong’o said ‘…your dreams are valid’ she meant just that! And having been a Loreto Msongari pupil we believe with her that every dream is valid. Julie Gichuru did not disappoint when she welcomed President Barrack Obama to address gathering, we saw the Loreto Girl! And we are proud of them.
I have often asked myself how we made the champions? And the answer lies in the holistic education that we offer; an education that endeavours to mould the intellect, the physical, emotional, spiritual and social aspect of our girls. Nothing can replace this approach to education because once any of these dimensions is ignored there is a vacuum in the end product. This is our joy and this is our success story.
We recognize the gift of each child and encourage them to become their best in their talents and giftedness – there is none without talent. Some are able to shine in a number of activities and we celebrate them, they become all-round but there are those who may not be good in all areas but do well in one or two activities. If they are well supported, mentored and encouraged even the most average child can go very far. I am always very gratified when we celebrate the successes of our girls, they give me pleasure no matter how small the achievement could be.
Our school anthem is a gem! It is rich in meaning and we are very grateful that it was actually composed by a Msongari girl – Julia Nankinga Luvai. Julia, wherever you are, know that you left behind a wonderful heritage for your school and we are proud of you. I am particularly moved by the words below:
‘…education for the girls, excellency for the world, Mary Ward had a dream that brought the Loreto steam; And together they all fought , that all girls may be taught, In God’s grace and His hands Msongari will always stand …’
Today we do not have to ‘fight so that our girls may be taught’ but we must continue to encourage our girls to learn to become the best they can ever become. My heart goes out to the many girls who are not as lucky as our girls are, especially those who still find themselves trapped in retrogressive cultural practices that do not allow them to become what God intended of them. My heart weeps for girls who are trafficked for cheap labour and sexual exploitation. My prayer and firm commitment is that we give every girl what is their due respect and place in society, I dream of a society where the dream of Mary Ward, that all girls maybe taught is fulfilled. I believe in God that women in time to come will do much. And I know with the help of Venerable Mary Ward that my dream is also valid!