The SIPS framework describes and integrates education along four dimensions Social, Intellectual, Personal and Spiritual education.
The Jesuit Educational Council decided to improve the inputs to students of Jesuit schools through a program that supplements 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.
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.
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
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).
A credit is a means to give a student credit for attending JCP training - the student will also be assessed on competence level. For the JCP, we have set the level of 1 credit =10 hours of study. Each credit needs 10 hours of student work. The typical split could be 3.5 hours of classwork and 6.5 hours of self/project/field work OR vice-versa. See the curriculum plan for details around allocations per dimension.
Students will earn credits based on the effort they have put in. However, their performance will be graded on a scale (to be finalized) using non-examination methods of evaluation such as assessment of project work, field work, research papers, presentations etc
JCP is being executed in a phased manner and existing teachers are being coached and trained incrementally. The training is imparted by experts available to the school and conducted on-the-job. Since large portions of existing curricula are being re-purposed for JCP, the requirements for new teachers is reduced. Teachers recruited in the future will be expected to have pedagogical skills in keeping with the SIPS framework.
The aim is to have the first batch of JCP students graduate in academic year 2013-2014 i.e. 7th standard students of academic year 2010-2011. The plan is that all schools of the Bombay Province will have initiated the JCP during this period depending on their individual school plans and capacity.
In keeping with the long-term vision of the JCP, a substantial effort is being made to ensure that all schools of the Bombay Province also adopt the JCP. The JCP leverages the SIPS framework and will provide a common foundation to ensure recognized quality across all Jesuit institutions adopting this program. This construction allows each school the flexibility for innovation and adaptation so they can address their unique needs.