Loyola Campus- Hatton has commenced its outreach programme of educating the estate children who receive less opportunities and attention through conducting classes at one of the remote estate schools at Dickoya, Hatton. Loyola Campus through its collaboration with Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL) attempts to bring education to those who need it the most. By providing education opportunities for the generation of young men and women, Loyola Campus attempts to create change in the society where human person enjoys a sense of peace, liberation and freedom.
Loyola Campus- Hatton organized the inauguration of its first batch of students on 10 October 2017. Mr Sridharan, the Zonal Director for Education- Hatton was the Chief Guest and Rev Fr Milroy Fernando SJ was the Guest of Honour. The students of Loyola Campus- Hatton performed a number of entertainment programmes such as dance, drama, song etc. The guests and the well-wishers appreciated the amount of talent showcased by students.
One of the specialities of this programme was that students were able to conduct and perform different programmes in English language. While they showed their potential to improve and develop, moreover, there is marked progress since their joining the professional programmes at Loyola Campus. This was something very much visible during the programme.
It was also the day for the launch of a new initiative under Loyola Campus- Hatton where the Centre hopes to educate students of two deserving estate schools as a part of its outreach programme.
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.
Loyola Campus- Hatton was first launched in July 2017. Loyola Campus uses part of the existing structure of Centre for Social Concern (CSC) Hatton. Centre for Social Concern is a Non-Government Development Organization (NGDO), run by the Jesuit Province of Sri Lanka. It is located in the town of Hatton, the capital of Sri Lanka’s tea plantation sector, Nuwara Eliya.
Education has been identified as one of the most fundamental elements of empowering the plantation community and making their voices heard. In a number of forums and discussions the need for Jesuits’ involvement in education in the plantation sector was highlighted. Among many other subjects, assistance in English language was identified to be of great importance and demand. Loyola Campus, a Jesuit Tertiary Education institute that aims to empower and transform societies through education was missioned to Hatton for a venture in educating the plantation community and bringing hope to their lives.
Loyola Campus – Hatton would give preference to those students with great potential to succeed; those who otherwise would not have financial means or opportunity to enhance their skill and knowledge; and those who could assume leadership roles in the society. Loyola Campus will ensure that the students who complete courses are committed to serve their community.