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14 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July 28, 1989 ' Missionary fK'om Evansville teaches in Zimbabwe Sister Janet Miller trades art for agri :dture SPECIAL TO THE MESSAGE Maryknoll Sister Janet Miller of Evansville is taking part in the success story of a newly developing African nation of Zimbabwe. Sister Miller, who graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Olden- burg, and earned a bachelor's degree in education at Indiana State University, has served the new Zimbabwe as a teacher at Thornhill High School in Gweru. "Education with Produc- tion" is the motto of the new country's schools. Sister Miller says, "the idea is that students are helped to see the dignity of work. They are encouraged to develop practical skills before raduation from high school, ecause there is a great need for people to work to produce food for the population." When Sister Miller went to Zimbabwe to serve in the educational system, she was first asked to teach art and English. However, she saw that the demand for agricultural teachers was even more urgent. Because she had an education degree, she was able to get the necessary practical courses quickly at the agricultural department of Gweru Teachers College. Until Sister Miller joined the staff at Thornhill, students could only be offered two years of agriculture studies. "We have many student teachers, but there was no trained teacher to coordinate and carry on the program. The boys and girls studied vegetable products in first year, poultry raising in se- cond, and last year we added livestock for third year. This semester,' fourth year students will study farm management." Her school day begins at 7:30 a.m. and classes end at 3:15 p.m. After formal classes are over, :th students stay one or two hours more to work on their agricultural projects .... -  FDI WASHINGTON PLAINVILLE 2 .5,.4630 687-7287 .; iPEOPLES MONEY STORE .... 2544313 ,.i |1 I JAMES L. GREENE Marketing Representative 812-254-4188 P.O. Box 521 or 254-3768 Washington, IN 47501 German Amextcan Bank We Make Friends For Life JASPER, INDIANA II J I ii Sister Miller said, "I came here (to Thornhill School], because I want to help students understand the dignity of prac- tical work." One of the most satisfying things for her is seeing how her students learn to take responsibility. Recently, when one teenager wanted to go off on the weekend to play ball with his team, he not only lined up other students to take his place for duties, but he wrote each of them a detailed schedule. Sister Miller says, "it was wonderful to see that he was not only learning to do things himself and take responsibility for the work, but that he had already learned how to instruct someone else, too." She is the daughter of Clarence and Catherine Miller, members of St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County. MaryknOll Sister Janet Miller, is an agricultural teacher at Thornhill School, Gweru, Zimbabwe. She is the daughter of Clarence and Catherine Miller of Evansville. SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR SENIORS OR MATURE ADULTS MEMBERS OF QUALIFIED ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING AARP MEMBERS Substantial Discounts Special Coverages Additional Non-Smokers Discount Quick, Responsive Claim Service On Homeowners and Automobile Insurance