March 20, 2017

Challenged to become Challengers ...

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This blog was written by Walking Together Learning Leader Robert Koole who is serving future leaders in education in Rwanda as part of The Abundant Leadership conference.

So what does a 5-day module accomplish when the focus is “Biblical Worldview and Values in Education?”
The Abundant Leadership Institute’s 14 participants are all leaders of one type or another in the education or NGO sector in Rwanda and Uganda. They feel and express an urgency to teach children and young people about God in ways that relates to everyday teaching and learning situations. They want to expand children’s knowledge, understanding and experience about the gospel so that changed lives lead to a changed society.
Participants found the sessions meaningful, compelling, and connected to their own education settings.

• Building “a Christ centered learning community” was most compelling to me as I found I can use it as the foundation to everything one does. We need to learn more about Jesus Christ, we need to learn more about education, we need to learn more about leadership and only if we do this as a community can we really transform the nation.
• Almost all was compelling but I choose “assessment to nurture growth” because the traditional way of assessing is still practiced when it is not helping at all.
• “Assessment to nurture growth” was a compelling session because it is a lacking aspect in our education system yet very vital and transformative.

In response to the question, “What did you learn in this course that will contribute most to your personal involvement into the Education system and your school community?” participants shared the following:
• This course has woke me up in my style of leadership, not only in school but also in my family.
• Look at everything within the Biblical perspective with the Bible as a mirror and a window -- a mirror in which we see truth about ourselves and a window through which we see God and God’s world
• Helping school leaders nurture learning communities in their school.
• A new approach to assessing student or school performance.

The interactive approach involved all participants and provided avenues for them to connect their learning with their own educational and organizational situations and settings. Participant feedback indicates the presentations and activities were engaging, stimulated their thinking, raised new questions, and suggested missing elements to include next time.


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