"One of the best ways to serve the present is to give hope for the future. Loyola Jesuit Secondary School will effectively serve the needs of the present youth who are the future of Malawi."
Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, Superior General of the Society of Jesus
The 7th of June 2019 was a very special day here at Loyola Jesuit Secondary School (LJSS) in Kasungu, Malawi!
It was a day we had been preparing for since classes began way back in September 2015. And an event took place that we only dreamed about when beginning the planning and fundraising for LJSS as far back as 2008.
FIRST GRADUATON DAY! And that meant very much not only to the graduates but to all who had been involved in moving LJSS from big thoughts to architect’s plans to an empty field to a major educational institution in rural Malawi!
When the graduates walked down the main outdoor corridor set up in front of our Chapel, with relatives and friends and fellow students lined up on either side, their thoughts were many and varied.
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Form Four (Seniors) with plenty of smiles as graduation draws near. Much to thank God for! Please help us celebrate in good fashion. DONATE ABOVE! Thank you!
Malawi is a very poor country with great potential. While about 52% of Malawians live below the poverty line, the country is peaceful and is blessed with many resources. The key to building on Malawi’s strengths is simple: educate the youth, particularly the poor. But Malawi’s education system is woefully inadequate, with only 35% of children receiving secondary education and only 44% of those reaching graduation.
The phrase “option for the poor” is central to Scripture, to our church social teaching and to our Jesuit mission documents. It indicates a preference of insight and commitment to those with minimal resources for full human development. It urges looking at the world from the perspective of the poor and working to improve the conditions that dehumanise our sisters and brothers.
Jesuits have been known for educational expertise for many centuries in many parts of the world, with a commitment to excellence in pedagogy and all-around formation. This 450 year history certainly will influence the purpose and direction of Loyola Jesuit Secondary School.
The Jesuits of Zambia-Malawi Province already have one excellent secondary school in southern Zambia – Canisius Secondary School has over 60 years of experience. In 2011, the Zambia-Malawi Province acquired an already operating school in Lusaka, Leopard’s Hill School. A private school of very good reputation, Leopard’s Hill Jesuit Secondary School is now inspired by the Jesuit ethos of education. A co-educational school, it provides both boarding and day school facilities.
In additional, the Zambia – Malawi Province operates Charles Lwanga College of Education, A tertiary Institution Training Primary School Students.
We will draw into the early start-up of our school Jesuits of good skills and strong commitment to work with other teachers to assure a school with an “ethos” of Christian values and humanistic qualities. Not all students will be Christian, so a good inter-religious spirit will be fostered.
A key element in this “ethos” is what we Jesuits refer to as ” Ignatius Pedagogy” This aims at the formation of students to be “persons with and for others.” It might sound very idealistic – maybe even a bit unrealistic! – but it is a goal we surely will work toward. The “person for others” will know that her or his education is not simply for self-achievement or personal success. Our hope is that graduates of LJSS will have both the desire and the talent to make a difference for the future of Malawi by putting what they have learned at the service of authentic development of all the people of our beautiful country.
Of many elements that go into educating “persons with and for others,” two are very central to the vision and mission of LJSS: “discernment” and “”faith and justice.”
First, in forming students, Jesuits traditionally have emphasized the need for good judgment in making important decisions. We call it “discernment,” the ability to weigh intellectually, emotionally and spiritually the various choices we are called to make in life, small choices as well as big choices. Do I become a teacher, do I marry early, do I return to work in my home village, do I serve my church in some fashion, do I start up my own business, do I go into politics, etc., etc. Discernment is a skill that helps me make the right decision at the right time, being conscious not just of myself but also of others. Everything we teach at LJSS should help form our students to be good and effective in the process of discernment!
Second, we Jesuits have seen as our mission in everything that we do “the service of faith and the promotion of justice.” This means that a true spiritual maturity – in whatever religious tradition one comes from – should be a central mark of all LJSS graduates. “Faith” shouldn’t be just a decoration on our religious school campus! It should be nurtured in all that we do. But is shouldn’t be a faith that is merely inward or removed from the social realities around us. Justice is essential if Malawi is to develop, if all Malawians are to benefit from the riches of our country. So the faith of our students must be filled with the desires and abilities not simply to make a living but to make a difference!
December 2018 -- As the latest photos from Loyola Jesuit Secondary School (LJSS) very happily show, the major construction work on our campus has been completed. Administration block, classrooms, assembly hall, hostels (girls and boys dormitories), kitchen and dining facilities, and teachers’ housing – all of this very good work is getting plenty of use! Take a look at our video of the great progress we have had over the years.
Only the Chapel remains under construction and we hope that this important building – the centre of our LJSS campus! – will be complete in early 2019. Some beautiful local art work will be finished during the course of the year.
Another major work has been almost completed: the Jesuit residence. The photo below shows the entrance to the building. Work on the inside of the building is still on-going, completing the bedrooms, kitchen and dining room, sitting room and some office space.
A small chapel is also part of the building and will be open for visitors. There will be room for eight to ten Jesuits in the future – please pray for vocations!
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