Growing in Empathy
On their very first Outreach for the academic year, on 29th June, 2019, CLC boys were filled with concerns, questions and a lot of excitement. They were on their way to Jeevarathini - Home for abandoned children, at Nallur Village, Hosur Road. They were welcomed with enthusiasm.
The grounds of the Home were laden with fruit. The SJBHS boys helped to pluck the harvest while enjoying the fruits of their labour. They helped to plant a few saplings, cleaned the gardens and folded a few clothes. There were a number of games organized by the staff wherein the children bonded with each other. The bonding continued during the sumptuous fellowship lunch. The Josephites were a contented lot as they said their goodbyes.
The CLC Outreach programme is meant for students to engage and understand how the less fortunate live. Jesuit education must equip them to regard the lost, the least and the last as brothers to whom they owe their service, and CLC trips aim to do just that.
The inauguration of the CLC on 20th June marked the beginning of activities chalked out for the academic year 2019-20.The Chief Guest for the occasion, Rev Fr Praveen, blessed the CLC badges as well as highlighted the principles of the community. With a prayer, a solemn prayer song and words of advice by the Principal Rev Fr Sunil Fernandes SJ and the coordinator Mr. Brian McKertish, the CLC was formally inaugurated – an effort by the management to cultivate awareness, sensitivity and empathy in the Josephites.
We strongly believe that education and learning also happen beyond the walls of the classroom. And so, outreach programmes to expose and sensitise our students and staff to the wider social realities, is key to our educational objectives. The entire school is involved in visits and interactions with those less fortunate.
Our Christian Life Community (CLC) programmes take our students and teachers into homes for the less fortunate. Our students are encouraged to mix and learn about the lives of others. We hope for a change of heart in the person of the educated and the educator himself, turning them from selfish concerns to unreserved generosity to God and their fellowmen.
Great value is attached to the CLC. Our outreach to Jeevarathini Home for Abandoned Children in Nallur, outreach programme to Snehadaan, home for HIV infected children and a two-day outreach programme to Manvi, to visit schools run by Jesuit seminaries is along these lines. Those who are unable to travel outside the city are taken to homes and shelters for abandoned men, women and children.
Every effort is made to build awareness, sensitivity and empathy in our students.