School of the Nations opens new campus in Taipa

Friday, October 31, 2008
Issue 513, Page 4
Word count: 385
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The new campus of the School of the Nations, covering a plot of 2,500 square metres in Rua do Minho, Taipa, was officially inaugurated yesterday with the presence of government officials and principals of local counterparts.

Founded in 1988 by the Badi Foundation in Nape, all pupils of the School’s kindergarten, primary and secondary levels were moved to the new study environment from September this year after the premise’s construction was completed.

The new building features science labs, art rooms, computer labs, campus-wide wireless access, rooftop sports facilities, a gymnasium, a roof garden including a play area, and also a 400-seat auditorium.

The 2,500 square metre land plot was donated by the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) in 2006 and construction began in May 2007.

The relocation of the campus had nearly tripled enrolment capacity, the School of Nations said.

Yesterday’s ceremony started with prayers sung by the school choir and was attended by Chui Sai On, the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture; Sou Chio Fai, the director of DSEJ; Liu Xiao Hang, the chief of the cultural and education department of the Chinese Liaison Office in Macau; Dr Lori Noguchi, the president of the Badi Foundation as well as Saba Payman, the principal of the School of the Nations.

Following the ribbon cutting ritual, the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Chui Sai On, presided by Mr Payman, unveiled the new campus inauguration plaque at the main entrance of the premise.

Inspired by the Baha’i teachings, the School’s philosophy is to “regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value.”

Reflective of its dedication to the principle of the “oneness of humanity”, the internationally oriented school boasts a student body and faculty representing over 25 countries, with 70 percent of the student population being from Macau.

According to Ms Noguchi from the Badi Foundation, the School was incepted in January 1988 with 10 teachers and only five students enrolled in the kindergarten.

Established in Macau in 1990, the Badi Foundation is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to serving society by empowering individuals, institutions and communities through education and training.

Apart from running educational projects in Macau, the Foundation has launched an environmental action program in rural areas of mainland China in a bid to raise community awareness of sustainable development.

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