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 school education for the children of their missions. In 1938, Guhiajori Middle School was recognized 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. Now 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 Schools:

St. John Berchmans’ School, Tinpahar (Hindi, 1930); St. John Berchmans’ High School, Tinpahar (Hindi, 1962); St. John Berchmans’ Inter-College, Tinpahar (Hindi, 2003); St. Xavier’s School, Tinpahar (English, 2013)

St. Ignatius High School, Majlispur (Bengali, 1954); St. Ignatius Inter-College, Majlispur; St. Ignatius School, Majlispur (English, 2019)

St. Xavier’s High School, Sahibganj (English, 1957); St. Xavier’s Inter-College, Sahibganj (1957); St. Xavier’s High School (Hindi, 2002)

Debono School, Chilimpur (Bengali, 1958); Debono School, Chilimpur (Hindi, 1958); Debono High School, Chilimpur (Hindi, 2018)

Gandhi Jayanti Middle School, Mariampahar (Hindi, 1969); Gandhi Jayanti High School, Mariampahar (Hindi, 2018)

St. Stanislaus School, Hathimara (Hindi, 1981); St. Stansilaus High School, Hathimara (Hindi, 2003)

Krist Raja School, Nunbatta (Hindi, 1982)

Loyola School, Jibonpur (Hindi, 1989); Loyola High School, Jibonpur (Hindi, 2015)

Jeevan Jyothi School, Satia (Hindi, 1991)

St. Joseph’s School, Nichamari (Bengali, 1996)

St. Xavier’s School, Murguni (Hindi, 1996)

St. Xavier’s High School, Raiganj (Enlgish, 1999); St. Xavier’s High School, Raiganj (English, 1999)

Arrupe High School, Bathbanga (Hindi, 2001)

St. Xavier’s High School, Karon (Hindi, 2005), St. Xavier’s School (English, 2015)

St. Ignatius High School, Nichitpur (Bengali, 2007)

St. Xavier’s High School, Baghmara (English, 2009)

St. Xavier’s College, Maharo (English, 2011); St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Maharo (English, 2014); St. Xavier’s Inter-College, Maharo (English, 2016).

St. Xavier's Primary School, Jirulia (English, 2019)

Sisters of various congregations are collaborating with the Jesuits in the field of education. 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.