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Why do we need Jesuit Certificate Program (JCP)?
The Jesuit Educational Council decided to improve the inputs to students of Jesuit schools through a program thatsupplements the existing system based on curricula such as ICSE and SSC. In particular, for the SSC system the consensus was that education was not in step with the needs of our evolving society and industry. JCP is therefore the execution of the Jesuit vision for 21st century transformational education discussed by Jesuit educators.
What exactly is the JCP?
The Jesuit Certificate Program is a formal program tailored to the Jesuit needs of transformational education as outlined in the seminal document on 21st century Jesuit education. The JCP supplements the board-mandated curriculum with a holistic program that enables a transformation based on the SIPS Framework - Social, Intellectual, Personal and Spiritual education. The ambition is to grow resourceful, thinking citizens for the 21st century committed to the service of others.
What is the SIPS framework?
The SIPS framework describes and integrates education along four dimensions Social, Intellectual, Personal and Spiritual education.
Who is using the JCP?
The JCP is a venture of the Bombay Province of the Jesuits launched in 2010 at all seven schools of the province. The participation from schools varies in scope and activity, depending on each school’s plans and on-going activities. A few schools have started with the current 7th standard (2010-11 batch) while giving the current 8th, 9th and 10th some aspects of the program before they graduate. The prospectus is available at http://www.stanislausbandra.in
How does the JCP work in practice?
The JCP targets the 7th to the 10th standard students providing them with skills and inputs that are not available through the regular curricula. At the end of the program the student is awarded a Jesuit Certificate issued by the Jesuit Educational Council. The learning content of the JCP is called the Jesuit Certificate Course (JCC)
It is a venture in Mumbai Jesuit schools. It will be good for all the provinces to adapt such programmes for their respective schools. We can always emulate good models. I think Jesuit Certificate programme must be emulated and made more effective in all the Jesuit schools in South Asia.
Sunny Jacob SJ