MOTTO: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR HOLISTIC HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Marist Polytechnic is an institution of higher learning owned and managed by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. Marist Brothers of the Schools (FMS – Fratres Maristae a Scholis), incorporated in Nigeria as Marist Brothers of Nigeria, is an International Religious Missionary Congregation/Institute of men in the Catholic Church. Saint Marcellin Champagnat, a French priest of the Society of Mary (SM) or Marist Fathers, founded the congregation on 2nd January, 1817.
Evangelization is the essence of Marist mission. The person of Jesus of Nazareth is the foundation for the vocation and mission of the Church in the world: to proclaim the Gospel to the men and women who are helping to build the Reign of God on earth. Evangelizing is the clearest sign of the ecclesial community. Jesus Christ sent the Church on mission, so that fortified by the power of His Spirit she will manifest to people everywhere the face of Divine Love and the meaning of human life.
As Marists, Jesus and His Gospel excite. He is the reason for all Marists are and all they are doing. Marcellin Champagnat laid out the essence of Marist mission: “to make Jesus Christ known and loved.” He envisioned Marist Brothers as educators and catechists who would structure their entire community and personal life around the mission of evangelizing by educating children and young people, especially those least cared for in society. By means of their ministries, they make Marcellin Champagnat’s ardent desire come true: “Every time I see young people, I can’t help but tell them, ‘How greatly Jesus loves you!’”
Marist Brothers strive to be apostles for young people, evangelizing them through their lives and presence among them. Love for the young, especially the poor, is the distinguishing characteristic of Marist mission. Marist Brothers are paying close attention to the reality of today’s young people. Therefore, being skilled in Marist Education is the essence of Marist Polytechnic. Marist Education is a holistic formation of the student in Christian principles. It is the form of education that is based on character formation and self-reliance of the learner in order to bring transformation and development into the Society. Furthermore, it is education that is rooted in Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:16).
The Institute of the Marist Brothers of the Schools, Province of Nigeria (aka – Marist Brothers of Nigeria (Catholic Mission)) have recorded success in education at the primary and secondary school levels so far. Encouraged by this success therefore, the Marist Brothers thought it wise to take up the challenges and contribute her quota in providing quality and holistic education anchored on moral excellence and skill acquisition at the tertiary level of education. Marist Polytechnic was formally approved by the Federal Ministry of Education on the 14th July 2016. It was given the licence by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to operate as a private Polytechnic having satisfied the entire requirements for the establishment of private polytechnics. Marist Polytechnic is located at Umuchigbo Iji-Nike in Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria. The location is serene, befitting, easily accessible and conducive to effective research, community service, teaching and learning.
The humanistic crises in contemporary Nigerian society and the world at large demands pedagogical interventions of making skilled acquisition and development of citizenship integral parts of education at all levels. The progression of any human society depends largely on the education content and relevance that will ensure human and environmental survival and progression. Here comes a relevant pedagogy in helping to bring out the goodness in the individual. Marist pedagogy is more of an attitude than a technique. It is a creatively developed skill in teaching, which the Marist Brothers and their lay collaborators achieved by systematic experimentation and analysis of teaching and learning in general with regard to education of children, modeled on the lifestyle of Virgin Mary following in the footsteps of Saint Marcellin Champagnat.
Hence, Marist Polytechnic draws its philosophy from the National philosophy and objectives of technical education in Nigeria. That notwithstanding, its specific philosophy is a progression of the Nigerian society through environmental survival, social order, and economic wellbeing. This shall be attained through the development of citizenry with the right morals, values, positive attitudes, sustainable knowledge, and skills. Marist Polytechnic is committed to this philosophy.
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