TURA: Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma felicitated 17 students from Montfort Centre of Education, Tura, who bagged 32 medals, including 12 Gold medals. during the 20th National Games for the Hearing Impaired, 2016 held at Hyderabad.
The 17-member team from Montfort represented the State of Meghalaya at the National Games. This is the second time the school has represented the State.
The felicitation programme was held at Tura Circuit House organized by the District Administration and was participated by local leaders, district officials, teachers and students of Montfort School, among others.
Congratulating the school and the medal winners, the Chief Minister remarked how God has enabled these children differently and how they can actually be an inspiration and motivation to many other children. “There is a need to ensure that the hope of the people is not dislocated and dare to dream big which is crucial to bring out the best in each of us”, he said.
“The wonderful story created by these children should not go unnoticed,” the Chief Minister said and expressed a deep sense of gratitude on behalf of the government, the State and the people to the team of Montfort under the dynamic leadership of its Director-Principal Bro K.J. Jose for making the State proud, adding that now it was time to think of the way forward in articulating the strength of all these children in a manner that commensurate to their potentialities.
Admitting the fact that the State had not been able to create that kind of conducive environment to enable our children to unleash their potentialities, he said it was time now to realize our mistake and take mid-course correction.
Speaking about the impact of the kind of leadership shown by the Principal, how just one person can be instrumental in creating a turnaround and generating this kind of hope in children, the Chief Minister asked Montfort Centre to submit a proposal to the State government within a week to fructify its objectives, saying “let good things emanate from here and spread to other parts of the State and the country”.
The Chief Minister also handed over sports kits to the school and interacted with the students in a sign language.
The Chief Minister was elated after successfully co-hosting the 12th South Asian Games and announced that the State would make a bid for hosting the National Games in 2022.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi briefly highlighted how Montfort was the only team to represent the entire State during the games and this, he said, had been done on their own with minimum support.
Director, Montfort, Bro. Jose also expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister for taking time to spend with the less privileged children and the support being extended to the centre.