Purposes and Objectives
The Basic Education Department is an integral part of the larger community of St. Joseph’s College, a Catholic institution of learning dedicated to serve the Church and society as it seeks to pursue the goals of academic freedom and excellence and, within the limits of its resources, provide relevant response to the needs of the people, with preferential option for the poor, marginalized, oppressed and exploited. It is within this framework that the department espouses the following aims:
1. To imbibe among members of the community, gospel values facilitative of the evangelization and liberation of people through an understanding of scriptures and church documents in their historical and present context.
2. To develop the moral intellectual, social and emotional faculties of learners via a balanced, integrated and dynamic curriculum of studies.
3. To actively involve one and all in the building of God’s kingdom after the example of St. Francis of Assisi through participation in the life of the church and society, advocating the cause of righteousness and truth; and
4. To develop the art of creative and critical thinking and responsible leadership by motivating learners to study and adjust to their concrete daily life experiences, thereby contributing to the betterment of society of which they are members and in whose concerns and responsibilities they must share.
These manifold aims are ultimately focused on the formation at this particular level of a total person nurtured by faith in God, grounded in the Christian values, conscious of one’s capabilities and potentials and, finally, aware of and moved by one’s responsibilities to fellow humans in the community, the nation and the world at large.