Jesus Christ The Light of Life
Jaffna College will live and work by the College's historic faith in Jesus Christ, the Light of Life.
The College is committed to social justice for its staff, for boys and girls., and to equal opportunities for children in poverty. We aim to equip students with skills, knowledge and wisdom to contribute to the moral reconstruction of Sri Lankan post-war society and to enable them to become compassionate and discerning global citizens, respecting nature and the environment, and valuing peace and reconciliation.
In 1816 American missionaries founded the American Ceylon Mission in Jaffna. The ACM established missions in other parts of the Jaffna peninsula including one in Vaddukoddai. In 1823 the Batticotta Seminary was established in Vaddukoddai to educate the brightest boys on the peninsula. The seminary was intended to convert the boys to Christianity but most boys retained their Hindu faith. As a consequence the seminary was closed around 1855.
Alumni of the Batticotta Seminary and other local Christians led a campaign to re-open the seminary and in 1872 Jaffna College was opened on the former seminary site.