From their first years with us, students are instructed in a way that forms their sensitivity to issues that concern the heart, and helps them to grow into individuals who care for others and are sensitive to the difficulties that others may face.
Our College organises several engaging programmes to gently lead each student to discover and form their own social conscience to truly become ‘men and women for others’.
To better educate young people in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, there is a necessity to develop their knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to help them flourish and be engaged citizens who can help address the pressing global challenges of today: social inequality, political corruption, social division and ecological devastation.
We need that kind of education which:
- empowers them to resolve global issues in their social, political, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions;
- helps them understand our global interdependence;
- gives them the experience of community;
- provides them with opportunities to serve others; and strengthens their problem-solving and organizational skills.
Our pedagogy and programming are aimed to equip learners from an early age and throughout life with the competences needed to be informed, committed and empathetic citizens, to forge more just, peaceful, and tolerant societies.
It is educating our young people for the development of social consciousness and social responsibility to take actions and decisions that support the quality of life for all.
We aim to incorporate a global dimension in all the subjects we teach at our three schools. By opening our students’ eyes and hearts to the world around them, we help deepen their global awareness and empower them to become global citizens.
Global Citizenship: An Ignatian Definition
Global Citizens are those who continuously seek to deepen their awareness of their place and responsibility in an increasingly interconnected world, both locally and globally; those who stand in solidarity with others in the pursuit of a sustainable earth and a more humane world as true companions in the mission of reconciliation and justice.
Global Citizenship Programme
Quality Education at St Aloysius Primary is cultivated through a strong school culture that aims to promote environmental and social policy within the school. It is at the foundation of all the innovative initiatives, activities, and programmes that are part and parcel of teaching and learning, and the assimilation of an integral ecology at school. It celebrates the good will, generosity, genuine care, social and global citizenship values present.
It continues to do so according to the guidelines in the Ignatian Curriculum aimed at integrating justice, faith, and the care of our common home. Backed by the Vision and Mission statements of our Catholic school ethos, and the focus of the year’s College theme, the different programmes will come alive as we continue to journey through the curriculum together.
This document was produced by the Assistant Head for Global Citizenship within the Secondary School, Ms Sasha Borg. The Secondary School has been working on SDG 15 Life on Land through an afforestation project, on SDG 12 with the focus on Responsible Consumption and Production, as well as SDG 13 with the focus on Climate Change.
Ms Borg integrated the action projects with curriculum ideas, and included excerpts from Laudato Si’. At the end of the booklet she also included the integrated Ignatian vision of Global Citizenship, and invited the different departments in the school to empower students for action towards a particular Global Calendar Date.
Voluntary Work Opportunities
Each year students are encouraged to participate in voluntary work opportunities organised by our schools.
The Chaplaincy offers two projects for students to do voluntary work. Students may apply to do voluntary work with the Missionaries of Charity in Armagh, Ireland. This involves organising a two-week summer camp for disadvantaged children. In 2018, there will be two groups of 14 students participating in this experience.
Students may apply to do voluntary work in Malta. This experience, called Week with the Wise, involves spending a week at Loyola House, Naxxar, where students organise various activities for the elderly Jesuits who live there.
Social Responsibility Programme (SRP)
A programme designed for all Sixth Form students, and built on the guiding inspiration for Jesuit education which is to form ‘men and women with and for others’.
The aim of the Social Responsibility Programme is to give students an experience of service to vulnerable and/or marginalised people in society.
Every student is committed to give 55 hours of service to others in need, during the first year at Sixth Form.
The Chaplaincy Team helps the students to find a placement, provides some training for the students and follows each student in a reflective process throughout the experience.