Catechists in the Archdiocese of Harare will soon be empowered with the syllabus to guide them in their pastoral work.
The Catechists Syllabus which will encompass every aspect the Catechists in the Archdiocese should use in their work from the day one decides to be a Catholic that includes Theology, Christology, Pneumatology and the Social Teachings of the Church is expected among other things to widen the knowledge of the teachers of faith and even those they teach.
Fr Kambire, the Archdiocese Pastoral Vicar described the importance of the document saying it enables catechists from different areas to teach the same thing which for the past years was not observed.
“As our Pastoral Plan entails, we should all do the same thing in the whole diocese as one family. To that effect, we realized that all along Catechists in different areas have been teaching what they wanted and what they thought was important but now we want everyone to do the same thing all over”, said Fr Kambire.
“Without a Syllabus one cannot plan and come up with objectives, desired outcomes hence it will be difficult to evaluate their lessons. I realized that some of them do not plan what they want to teach, so we want them to plan their lessons, to use/have learning Aids and enable catechumens to participate actively during catechesis. Finally catechists will be able to manage their time”, said Sr. Demetria Purazi LCBL.
The syllabus is expected to boost the work of the teachers of faith and catechists will be furnished with workshops that will enable them to interpret the document, do lesson planning and objective evaluation.
The syllabus is still in draft form and will be presented to the Archbishop for approval and endorsement then from there it will be published and publicized for use.
“Christ is the chief catechists; he taught his disciples how to pray. He opened the eyes of the blind physically and spiritually. In Luke 24:13-35, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about him. So as catechists, we look up to his guidance”, ended Sr. Demetria.