School Philosophy

The educational philosophy of St Ignatius College is Catholic and, therefore, it is based on a faith response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; it is Jesuit and, therefore, it is formed by Ignatius of Loyola’s vision of Christ and the world. It is an education that inspires an enduring commitment to excellence and service.

The school’s purpose is to lovingly serve the young women and men of Zambia and the nearby countries from every ethnic and socio-economic background and a broad spectrum of academic achievement.

Our role, in support of parents as primary educators, is to help our students realize the fullness of their spiritual, intellectual, artistic, physical, and social potential.

The spiritual dimension of the students’ development is fostered through their incorporation into a community where Catholic beliefs, morals and values, inspired by faith in the Gospel and a belief in the full brotherhood/ sisterhood of the human family, are taught, professed and experienced, and where personal action is proposed as a response.

The intellectual dimension is developed through a curriculum that is oriented towards managing university life and an environment that fosters academic excellence, nurturing reflective analysis and creative expression.

The students are encouraged to develop their artistic and affective nature through exposure to and participation in Visual and Performing Arts. Thus, they come to an appreciation of the creative Spirit that is within and around them. The students should learn to respect and care for their bodies as gifts from God. Thus, sports is an integral part of the total curriculum.

In response to the Gospel message, all members of the St Ignatius College family, that is parents, teachers, administrators, staff and students, share in the mission of nurturing in each other the social skills and cultural awareness necessary for Christian community. This is accomplished through the school’s various activities and events, especially those that stress community outreach and personal interaction. In this way, all are encouraged to address the social needs and injustices in the world around us. Therefore, all the young men who enroll in St Ignatius College are encouraged to use their spiritual gifts, intellectual talents, artistic qualities, and physical abilities to be of help to those they encounter. Ultimately, the students are to be agents for change as “Men and women for and with Others.”