“NDIE has given me the exposure of the world. It has taught me to think and see things with my own perception. I have experience real sense of being educated and alive.”
Notre Dame Institute of Education was opened on 1 st October, 1991 at the initiative of Bishop Anthony Lobo, the then auxiliary Bishop of Karachi and under the auspices of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan.
The need to raise standard of education in Pakistan has long been recognized and stressed by Pakistani educational authorities, Governments and international institutions (e.g. the United Nations). It is universally accepted by educators, both Church and Government, that it is the education and training of teachers, which must take top priority in improving the quality of education in the country. Bishop Lobo saw the need for a degree-granting institution which could also serve as a pace-setter cultivating the highest academic standards and developing modern approaches to teaching.
Australian Sisters of Mercy began working in Pakistan in 1985 under the leadership of Sister Elizabeth Cloonan RSM, formerly Vice Principal of Mercy Campus, Institute of Catholic Education, Victoria. She advised Bishop Lobo to seek Australian assistance for the project. Subsequently, in consultation with the Bishop, Dr. Deirdre Jordan RSM, Chancellor of Flinders University approached Australian academics and teachers, including the Sisters of Mercy, for volunteers. Two Sisters of Mercy took up the invitation and accepted responsibility for the development of the project for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan. They have been joined by other Australian volunteers, lay and religious, particularly Sisters of Mercy of the Australian Institute, who still form part of the core staff of the Institute. An increasing number of NDIE graduates are now employed on the Institute staff.
High academic standards have been achieved by graduates of NDIE in all its courses. NDIE students have been position holders at the Karachi University examinations and their high standard of research work has been well recognized by Australian Catholic University. NDIE graduates come from all over Pakistan and are now teaching in all Provinces, all Dioceses and the Apostolic Prefecture of Pakistan.
The Institute has a primary responsibility to provide excellent education of international standard to its student body who will use their knowledge of new technologies and scientific methods, their crafted and refined skills to teach, research and administer in order to provide quality leadership in educational settings. It encourages its graduates to be accountable for the contribution they make to bring about a positive change in the quality of the learning processes of educational institutions in Pakistan NDIE is explicit in its endeavors to provide its students and staff opportunities to mature spiritually and ethically through interaction with colleagues from different ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds. Its ideal graduates will have a positive sense of their own self-worth, an appreciation of the dignity of others, a sense of the sacred in life and a commitment to use their education to serve their community through improving the quality of education in Pakistan. Management of NDIE