The University of Makeni (UNIMAK) is a private university in Sierra Leone (established by the Catholic diocese of Makeni). It was fully accredited in 2009.
In her vision to create a civilization of love, UNIMAK places “social development at the heart of everything it does”. As a university, it has made great efforts to develop academic programs that are rooted in the every day reality of contemporary Africa. Its vision is to aspire to be a world class university with excellence in education, research and public engagement where sustained peace and social justice transcends boundaries.
It has about 4,600 students, 180 staff both national and international. It is as a result of this that we have deemed it necessary to establish a center for the family known as UNIMAK center for the family. This was recently established in 2018.
This in itself signifies the life of God and the life of the church. “The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the church”. (cf. Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, # 1).
The life of the basic cell of the society is established in the family and very paramount in the building of a civilization of love in our university as we prepare young men and women from various backgrounds for the future. The vision of the center is to capture and enable every individual to be a product of this family communio and shall be nurtured psychologically, spiritually and materially.
This center was established in view to peach, teach,challenge and admonish would be families and families in our university that come in contact with us to develop or continually be a family communio for the better of the church and the society.
Here in our center, though young and has a lot of constrains, we are engaged in the following:
· Introducing participants/students/staff to this family communio ( concept of family communio) through workshops, discussions, flyers, outreach, evaluation, etc
· Reach out through counseling to people who are experiencing challenges in their family lives, and those afraid to embrace it.
DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER
Rev. Fr. Dominic Arnold Johnson – Lecturer at the University of Makeni, Chaplain for youths and Laity, Vocations Director and Rector of the Jr. Seminary
HEAD OF COUNSELING GROUP
Msgr. Dr. Gabriel Koroma – Lecturer at the University of Makeni
We are facing the problem of reaching out to people, conducting workshops due to distance, etc.
The way we may establish/develop a “Civilization of Love” in our society and world is that we start with the family.( the basic cell of society) . According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC, 2207), “The family is the original cell of social life”. It is the natural society in which members are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life.
Established in 2018