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Loyola Campus Batticaloa has been a source of inspiration for students in Batticaloa and has a remarkable respect among other private educational institutes. The institution has formed a number of students who are now capable of being good citizens with responsibility and accountability. Having understood the importance of education, especially in English and computer skills, this institution is so enthusiastic in providing the necessary knowledge to the students who are learning here.
As this institution is functioning with the motive of improving the educational standards of students in both English and IT, it has also encountered many challenges. The assurance of being a good educational institute is given by the dedicated staff at Loyola Campus Batticaloa. The institution needs to be flexible with regard to the timing of classes as different students have commitments. However, the students don’t lack their usual interest and enjoy attending classes.
The centre was busy with evening and morning classes as usual. A volunteer, Xavier from Australia joined Loyola Campus Batticaloa in the month of July and his presence is one of the highlighted occurrences of the month. The students were so happy to learn from Xavier due to his dedication and enthusiasm. This is the second time that a volunteer has visited Batticaloa Loyola campus.
Regular staff meetings for the month of July focused on the staffs and students. A meeting with the students who had followed the courses was held on 14 July 2018. Almost all the students attended the meeting. Overall, July has been a very productive and enjoyable month for the staff and students of Loyola Campus in Batticaloa.
Loyola Campus Batticaloa an emerging, newly established academic institution is serving the students in and around Batticaloa disregard of their caste, religion and social status. Every student who comes into the institution is treated and taken care of in a way to help them to mature and blossom in life. The aim of Loyola Campus- Batticaloa is to improve the educational standards of the students in both English and IT. However, it does not forget to improve the students’ quality of life as well and does so by nourishing them with good morals and values.
Loyola Campus-Batticaloa offers classes both in the mornings and evening suiting to the demands of various student groups. English and IT classes are offered at the Centre with flexible time schedules. The students who come to the Centre show great enthusiasm and energy. The manner in which the students participate in classroom work and activities continually encourage the Facilitators to give their best for the students who show such enthusiasm in learning.
The presence of volunteers Michael and Elena from Australia to Loyola Campus-Batticaloa was one of this month’s highlight. It is for the first time that foreign volunteers have come to Loyola Campus-Batticaloa to teach the students. The students cherished the presence of these new teachers from a foreign country, Australia. Their different style of teaching not only attracted the students but increased the students’ focus on subject content. The volunteers also contributed to St. Michael’s College by giving coaching classes in English Literature for the students. The trip to Unnichchai Dam and Passikudah on the 20 June 2018 was one of the memorable days for the students, staff as well as the volunteers.
Loyola campus Batticaloa has become a prominent academic institution in Batticaloa. The campus has been serving basic academic needs of students by providing them with English and IT classes. The students, who come to the campus, are able to realize their improvement in studies as well as in their way of life. The students have developed a sense of bonding at the campus and a desire to contribute to the institution according to their capacity. The campus also takes a number of initiatives to serve the poor students who can’t afford to pay their tuition fees.
There were a number of programmes which kept the staff occupied. Staff of Batticaloa was part of the Staff Training programme organised by the Country Office from 4-7 May. Four staff from Batticaloa participated. It was quite helpful in orienting the staff and sharing ideas across different Loyola Campuses in Sri Lanka. It not only provided a space to share ideas, learn new skills but also to become companions of a single mission of bringing better tertiary and higher education opportunities to the students.
The month started with planning for the new batch. It was an important and productive exercise. This gave a good orientation for the months to come. A meeting with the past students, some of the parents and teachers also provided an opportunity to evaluate and explore new avenues of engagement for the Loyola Campus- Batticaloa. The campus also hopes to begin classes to be offered to students in music and dance from June.
Loyola campus-JWL programme in Batticaloa is an attempt to educate, empower and transform the students in and around Batticaloa. The Centre hopes to elevate both the level of students’ academic performance and their quality of life by providing better opportunities in higher education.
Regular staff meetings held during 5th, 12thand 25thApril provide a useful platform to discuss the important issues of the Centre. While it is a time for retrospection, it also provides time to plan ahead and provide better educational opportunities for the students. The Facilitators are quite eager to discuss a number of problems, challenges, ideas related to the daily functioning of the Centre.
The third week of April was entirely dedicated for the exam preparation of students. The final exam for the students who were under the GEL programme of JWL was held on 19 April 2018. All the students participated in the exam with more enthusiasm.
The students had a one-day tour to Kalkudah- Pasikudah on 24 April. Most of the students were part of the tour. Both the students and staff of Loyola Campus- Batticaloa really enjoyed the day out with their peers and teachers. The day has brought in a number of memories and refreshing moments that will last with each one for a very long time.
Having completed the course, the Centre also conducted a student evaluation. The students expressed their pleasure in part of Loyola Campus- Batticaloa and around 40 of them have expressed their desire to be a part of Loyola Campus classes.