A Leanring Centre was lauched in Vavuniya on 14 September 2015. Thanks to the contributions made by Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) now know as Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL), and the Jesuit Province of Sri Lanka, Loyola Campus has been to provide higher education to those in need. Keeping with the broader spirit of the Jesuit community, Loyola Campus hopes to instigate a ‘ripple effect’ whereby our students pass on their knowledge to the broader community.
The building was redesigned to provide two classrooms, each equipped with 20 computers. A number of certificate courses are offered at Loyola Campus, Vavuniya: certificate courses in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) a certificate course in Computer Applications: Graphic Design for Desktop Publishing, Introduction to Photography, Sinhala, Web Designing and English classes for children. .
Loyola Campus aims to help students discover and improve different skillsets through a number of exercises. The pedagogy moves away from traditional techniques of memorizing and cogitation, which is often the case in mainstream education. Through a number of activities–speech practices, reading, writing, group work, online presentations, film reviews, peer discussion, community-based teaching and projects–the center expects to improve the level of confidence in students while helping them approach education and learning as a joyful activity. While theoretical aspects receive important attention, Loyola Campus challenges its students to bring the knowledge they have learned from the classroom out into the community, by teaching classes of their own. Loyola Campus has also commenced a training programs in which selected students– who have completed learning any of the above mentioned courses–are taught the skills and given the on-site practical experience to become future facilitators. After a sufficient amount of professional training and evaluation, these individuals are provided not only employment, but also an opportunity to serve the very community they live in.