The newly appointed staff of Loyola Campus are gradually familiarizing with their role and responsibilities as facilitators. First they became familiar with Ricci box and then the Jesuit tradition of education: action and reflection paradigm. Ms. Yogitha, the administrator of the centre in her recent interview to the Loyola Campus Magazine hailed that Loyola Campus to be a blessing for the Centre for Social Concern (CSC).
Mr. Daniel Bass, the program Manager of South Asia Program of Cornell University, USA made his short visit to the centre on 6th August. He has done his doctoral thesis on the plantation community and has written a book, ‘Everyday Ethnicity in Sri Lanka: Up-Country Tamil Identity Politics’. He expressed his gratitude to CSC for its support for his doctoral research.
Recruitment of the students was the greatest concern. The staff came together and planned a strategy to attract students. One of the strategies was to print and distribute hand bills and posters. On the days of AL exams, the staff went and stood in front of the exam halls. As students came out of exam halls, the staff distributed the hand bills and explained the programs of the centre. It was raining. Holding umbrella in one hand, hand bills on the other, in shivering cold, the staff were magnanimous to do this less dignified job of advertising.
Ms. Gunavathani, our computer staff deserves our appreciation for getting certificates for the students from Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC). She also registered the change of signatory of the CSC with TVEC and obtained User Id and password for students’ registration and approval. To achieve this, she had to travel twice to Colombo in the third week of August.
Fr. Peter Kurukula Arachi SJ celebrated his 60th anniversary in the Society of Jesus at Cholankanda Youth Training Centre (CYTC) on 19th August 2017. In his homily, he gratefully remembered his services during war in Trincomallee district both as District Superior and as the first contact person of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
When the staff of Loyola campus visited Tiensin Estate to recruit new students for the centre on 24th August 2017, the OL students of the estate requested to conduct tuition classes in English for them since many fail in English and could not move forward in their education. Loyola Campus needs to think of conducing preparatory classes for the estate students and work out a strategy in getting these students involved in the programmes of the Centre.