Nativity Girls’ School was founded by Abba Gebremickael Mekonnen who was the Parish priest of Nativity Cathedral in the year 1952. There were 50 students enrolled at the start comprising of both boys and girls and Abba Gebremickael became the first director of the School. In a short span of three years the School grew into 800 children, which posed an administrative problem.
Hence, in 1955 the separation of boys from girls namely Nativity Boys and Nativity Girls Schools. The Girls’ School continued to be under the direction of Abba Gebremickael Mekonnen until October 1956 when the Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels from Angers (France) were invited to take over its direction. There were 370 girls ranging from Grades 1 to 4 with 13 members on the staff of whom 6 were sisters.
The growth of the School was remarkable as in three years there was a batch of 10 young girls prepared for the grade 8 Ministry Exams in March 1965 with 66 students and we had 100% results. Ten years after foundation, the school had 950 students enrolled with 26 staff members among whom 8 were sisters.
Due to the influx of students the old building of six classrooms which was falling into ruins was replaced by a modern building of 12 rooms in 1960.
Seven years later a second wing consisting of 6 additional classrooms, a hall, Library, Staff rooms and a dining room were added to the existing block because of the steady growth of the School. In 1976 there were 1209 students with 32 members on the staff, 5 administrative personnel and 15 General Service workers. At the time of the School’s Silver Jubilee in 1981 it had already reached its maximum capacity with 1417 students.
The “Parents Committee” was formed in 1964 and ever since they have remained active collaborators and advisers for the growth, progress and quality of education and discipline in the institution. But in the year 1992 the parents committee was dissolved. A new parents’ committee was elected by the parents on 4/6/2005. This would start functioning from the new scholastic year September 2005.
Aims & Objectives
The school aims at educating girls to be responsible individuals and worthy citizens of moral caliber by discovering their talents and developing their faculties of mind and body. They are provided with opportunities to train themselves to lead a friendly and disciplined life, of mutual cooperation and respect for one another in the student community of girls in the school.
The objectives of the school and of the educational society are inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, always stressing the aspect of love and service of fellow-men and women
Hence, the purpose of this school is not only to impart instruction but also to educate the whole person:-
- To help the students become mature, spiritually oriented girls of character: free from egoism and self-seeking and from all attempt to exploit one’s fellow men and women;
- To encourage them continually to strive after excellence in every field, without however neglecting the welfare and the needs of their fellow men;
- To value and judiciously use their freedom;
- To develop physically and emotionally through co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The School has a special sports and P.T. program.
Cardinal Berhaneyesus D.Souraphiel
Cardinal Berhaneyesus D.Souraphiel CM Metropolitant Archbishop of Addis Ababa
The catholic school has always held that adequate education offers an indispensable formation for the healthy growth of the younger generation which contributes toward the progress of society. Education with values is in a very special way the concern of the Church. As genuine education is primarily concerned with the development of the whole person, I firmly believe that this cannot be accomplished without the teaching of spiritual and moral values. Values are the treasures of life that make human beings rich and bring them peace and happiness. A life filled with these values is a life of self-respect and of dignity. It is only through education with values that young people can be truly empowered to become good citizens filled with divine spirit of honesty, compassion and love. This is the mandate of the Church.
I am pleased to know that Nativity Girls School has been striving hard in order to follow this path in educating its students. Today, I urge you to cherish the values you have learned and to continue developing in this light, so that by God’s grace you will succeed and will then be able to share the fragrance of those values with the world around you. You are the hope for a better Ethiopia!
I extend my very best wishes to the FSMA Sisters, to you, your parents, all your teachers, the school administration and all those who are engaged in this noble task of educating the young.