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Committed Lasallian Khuram Jameel shares his views on challenges for Catholics in a Muslim Country

Posted on 3 February 2020
Committed Lasallian Khuram Jameel shares his views on challenges for Catholics in a Muslim Country

Who is Khuram Jameel Describe yourself in three words?
I am Cordial, Caring and Loving.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Khushpur which is known as the "Rome of Pakistan". Khushpur is one of the most prominent Catholic villages in the Faisalabad Diocese.

I consider myself lucky, as religious education is compulsory. True Catholic beliefs continue to play an important role in my personal growth.

My family is a religious family; I have my four paternal aunts whom all chose to serve God as Dominican Sisters. Two of my first cousins are Catholic Priest and my Grandfather Allama Paul Earnest is the only person in the history of the Catholic Church in Pakistan, who translated the first edition of the Catholic Holy Bible among the other clergy members by the Bishops of West Pakistan in the year of 1958.

What does being a Lasallian mean to you?

Being Lasallian is really a graceful feeling. I believe my association with the Lasallian Community makes me more moral and more importantly, provides me with an opportunity to learn and grow as a person who follows the Lasallian Charism. I follow these values everywhere I go as "Once a Lasallian, always a Lasallian".

How long have you been working at La Salle High School & College Faisalabad?

I have been working at La Salle High School and College for nearly seven years. I am currently  working as the Head Coordinator for the 9 & 10 classes.

As Head Coordinator, I help to keep teachers animated and united in the true spirit of Lasallian Leadership. I make sure that the educational needs of the students are appropriately provided, keeping in view the standards of excellence. To ensure this, both curricular and co-curricular activities are strategically developed to ensure the best education for every student.

What have you accomplished in your career so far?

I am very proud of the way I undertake assignments. I am consistent and always up-to-date.

Describe La Salle High School & College Faisalabad

La Salle High School & College Faisalabad is a leading Catholic school in the Faisalabad Diocese. La Salle High is the only school in the region which has a unique identity for student discipline and has a high result-oriented curriculum.

Nearly 1,900 students are currently enrolled. The expertise of qualified staff and excellent resources, e.g. science labs, computer labs, library, sports etc. is considered a significant source of attraction for students and parents.

What are the challenges you face being a Catholic in a Muslim Country?

The main challenge that I believe facing Catholics in Pakistan today is the fact that the Government has registered a large number of Non-Government-Organisations and Religious Ministries that are harming the Catholic Church. To name one, example, there are cases like the rebellions - people who wish to become a religious Brother or Priest, however, are not accepted. These people then turn their back on the Church and do everything in their power to harm it.

Why do Muslim parents choose to send their children to La Salle High School & College Faisalabad?

La Salle High School is a leading school in the Diocese. Muslim parents chose to send their children there because there is no discrimination based on religion. The school focusses on personality building and educational uplift of the students.

What are the challenges facing students in Pakistan today?

Students in Pakistan today face different types of challenges, to name a few:

a. Language barriers
b. Lack of playing equipment
c. Financial issues
d. Lack of modern technology
e. Improper guidance and counselling
f. Lack of ethical education etc

What are the challenges facing teachers in Pakistan today?

Teachers in Pakistan today face different types of challenges, to name a few:

a. Inadequate salaries
b. Lack of training
c. No opportunities for empowering teachers
d. No clear policies for the retirement of teachers
e. No teacher protection policy

What resources could you use to enhance your role from the Lasallian Community?

The need to encourage and provide more opportunities for people to develop their roles in the Lasallian Community.  I believe staff would benefit from Lasallian Writings of various Brothers and  Lasallian Education Philosophy. Staff should be encouraged to educate themselves on the Lasallian virtues and values in order to maintain their Lasallian identity.

Describe your relationship with the De La Salle Brothers

I think my relationship with the De La Salle Brothers is very healthy; it provides me with an opportunity to grow in my love for God and makes me feel better by staying sincere to my work.

Favourite motivational quote?

"I pray that God may continue what he has begun in you".

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