Maps have always played an important role in helping us acquire knowledge of the world. In Jesuit history Matteo Ricci’s famous mappa mundi, printed in 1584, was the result of cultural dialogue and improved the 16th century Chinese imperial cartographers understanding of the geography of the world. Similarly, this map produced by the Educate Magis team is a fruit of extensive discussions involving perspectives from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
We started off with the more commonly used Mercator map, however a wider consultation recommended that we use the Winkel Tripel projection, which is a more “area accurate” map. The map design and legend have been through several iterations, and this is only the beginning of our journey. Our hope is that this map of the Global Network of Jesuit schools will improve with more feedback from the community. As the Jesuits of the 16th century helped improve understanding of the world of their time, we hope that this map will improve our knowledge of one another and also strengthen our sense of belonging and shared mission.
This project aims to help the Educate Magis community understand the richness and diversity of the global network of Jesuit schools and the map includes the Fe y Alegría Schools and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Educational Projects worldwide.
Two maps have been produced by the Educate Magis team in collaboration with the Secretariat for Education and the International Commission on the Apostolate of Jesuit Education (ICAJE).
The small map shows the number of schools and educational projects in the 6 Jesuit regions of the world and includes a basic legend.
The large map shows the same numbers and includes a more detailed legend containing the names and locations of the schools.
The idea is that schools will have the option to print these maps and use them in classrooms and otherwise. This is particularly important for schools and communities where access to internet is limited and who may not have the opportunity to engage with the global network online.
These maps are downloadable in a PDF format and have been designed with a “vector technology” so that they can be printed in high quality in virtually any size. The maps will be updated regularly. This first printable map was published on 22nd December 2015. We would like to invite you to enjoy the map and help us improve it by sending us your feedback to our dedicated account at [email protected]
P.S. If you do use this map as a poster in your school, please email us a picture!
Adam Lewis, Director of the Senior Campus of Xavier College, Victoria, Australia visited the Educate Magis office in Galway, Ireland (early January 2016). In the photo: Gellért Merza, Web Content Specialist (left), Adam Lewis (middle) and Ciara Beuster, Community Facilitator (right).
The Colegio San José Villafranca de los Barros, (Badajoz, Spain) printed the Map and sent us these photos. Thank you!