Archbishop visits Trinity Secondary School in Blantyre, Malawi
Friday 7th October 2011Archbishop Rowan Williams visited Trinity Secondary School, run by the Diocese of Southern Malawi, during his visit to Central Africa.
Located in Blantyre, Malawi's centre of commerce and industry, Trinity School currently has an enrolment of 118 students in boarding, 44 girls and 74 boys. The school has eleven teachers and offers thirteen subjects for study. The Archbishop was able to join in with a chemistry lesson, an IT class and an English class, and he also visited the school's library.
Speaking to the students during his visit, Dr Williams said:
"This morning I have had the chance to look around the School and to see some of your work. I’ve been very inspired by what’s being done here, and very inspired by the vision of this school.
The motto of this school is “Knowledge Is Power”. In the Bible, the power of God is always something that is used to create new things. It creates the world, it creates new life, it creates new possibilities for human beings. When we ask for power, we are asking that we may help to make the world new, that we may give other people new opportunities, that we ourselves may discover that we can be made new – forgiven, restored, empowered.
Knowledge helps us to make that kind of difference - to make a different society and a different world, to create new things and new possibilities. And that means that the knowledge we need in school and beyond is not just the knowledge we learn in the classroom – it is the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves. When we know who our God is, when we know that God is a God who gives us new beginnings and new possibilities, when we know that we as human beings are always capable of new things and growing further, then we have the knowledge that matters.
We begin with the knowledge of God - the creator God, the redeemer God. We go on to the knowledge of ourselves and one another - what are we like, men and women; what are our possibilities. And when we know God and when we know ourselves, then the knowledge we learn in the classroom becomes something that really makes a difference in our world.
“Knowledge Is Power”. With the knowledge of God, the knowledge of ourselves and our neighbours and the knowledge of the world around, we will make a new society and a new world together, to the honour and glory of God. I pray that that knowledge and that power will be yours all through your lives. May God bless you and this School."
Archbishop Rowan takes part in English class at Trinity Secondary School