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EDUCATION

The pioneers of the Santal Mission invariably followed the opening of any mission station with the establishment without delay of a primary school and hostel to serve the mission. Education was deemed absolutely important for the holistic uplift of rural and poor tribal people. For many years the Fathers manning the mission stations fostered enthusiastically primary and middle education for the children of their missions. In 1938, Guhiajori Middle School was recognizes and 10 years later the one at Mundli, Tinpahar was recognized. Two High Schools were recognized, one St.Joseph's at Guhiajori in 1950 and the other St.John Berchmans at Mundli, Tinpahar in 1962. English medium, Xavier School started at Sahibganj in 1957. Parents grew in awareness of the importance of education for their children's future, boys and girls. For the latter, the Fathers had at Majlispur and Dudhani, the invaluable help of the Sisters of Saints Bartholomea and Vicenza, the Bambinas, who ran their own schools and hostels for girls.

After Dumka became a diocese, with the handing over of mission stations to the diocese, it also acquired the primary/middle schools attached to them. St.Joseph's High School, Guhiajori, was made over to the diocese in 1978. At the time of writing in 2013, we have moved from primary education to focusing on secondary and tertiary education with the upgrading of some primary/middle schools and with the opening of St.Xavier's College at Maharo. We have at present the following primary/middle schools at : Mundli,Tinpahar (1936), Chilimpur (both Hindi and Bengali medium 1958), Mariampahar (1969), Nunbatta (1982), Deopur (1985), Jibonpur (1989), Jitarpur (1994), Nichamari (1996), Murguni(1996), Raiganj English 1999), Karon (2005), Baghmara ( English 2009). Seven of these schools are placed in the care of Sisters of various congregations, who are collaborating with the Jesuits in the field of education. High Schools are the following: Sahibganj (English H.Sch. & PLUS II in 1957 and Hindi in 2002), Majlispur ( H.Sch. & Plus II 1954), Mundli, Tinpahar ( H.Sch. 1962 & Inter College 2003), Raiganj (English H.Sch. & PLUS II in 1999), Bathbanga (2001), Hathimara (2003), Nichitpur (2007), Degree College at Maharo 2011). Jesuits are collaborating with the Samiti Schools of Paharia Samaj Sewa Kendra of Satia and Santal Samaj Sewa Samiti of Kodma in overseering their schools scattered in remote areas , serving the Paharias and the Santals.

The Vision and Mission of the Education Apostolate was expressed in a Statement drawn up in one of the Province Days and reads as follows:

"It is to impart quality education that will strengthen, empower and enlighten the minds and hearts of the people so as to become agents of social transformation and also to offer higher and professional education to our people in order to enable them to face the modern challenges of competitive world." Important thrusts in the education ministry are: 1. Academic excellence; 2. Holistic development; 3. Building up confidence and esteem; 4. Opportunities to develop qualities; 5. Character formation. Our schools have included in their curricula national , state and local issues , as they emerge, for example, orientation programmes for teachers on the Jesuit legacy; protection of the environment; social sensitization; displacement and migration; proficiency in English ; zero tolerance of failures; promoting tribal culture and language; fostering unity among various groups.