Secondary and pre-secondary education
From the early beginnings of the Society of Jesus, schools have been an important and vital part of the ministry and mission of the Jesuits. Our first school for non-Jesuits was founded in Messina in 1548 and a network of schools quickly began to develop across Europe and other continents.
Today we count more than 2,300 schools in the Jesuit network in partnership with a great number of lay and other religious companions. Together we educate more than 2 million students, from all kinds of religious, cultural, social and language backgrounds in 5 continents and more than 70 countries. You can find the locations and characteristics of our schools in the Educate Magis website: educatemagis.org
We believe that education is one of the best ways to offer young people a transformative experience in order to reach their potential at the service of society. We want everyone to develop their talents and to have a sense of vocation, a sense that they can make a difference to the world in which they live. We encourage and we train our students to bring hope and to work for reconciliation and liberation, each one using his/her unique talents to change situations of suffering and distress.
Our schools welcome students and families into core Christian values such as faith, solidarity, service, and care for those most in need and on the margins. We want our Christian students to get to know Jesus Christ so that they can love Him and serve Him in the world of today. We also welcome a broad diversity of students from other faith traditions. We aim to promote respect and appreciation for other faiths and secular traditions in an environment of understanding and joy. We believe education is a key way to fight the various kinds of fundamentalisms and the ideologies that fuel them.
Quality education can lead to a deep sense of reconciliation with God, humanity and creation. We challenge our students and ourselves to live according to the Magis: “maximum development of the gifts and capacities with which each person is endowed in the best possible service of others.”