October 20, 2018

Teaching for Transformation in Rwanda

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The Wellspring Foundation and the Association of Christian Schools in Rwanda are hosting a visioning and learning conference for strengthening biblical worldview in Christian schools. EduDeo Learning Leaders Elco and Joanne Vandergrift, Mitiku Abebe, Robert Koole will engage school leaders in dialogue to develop a shared understanding of Christ centered education within the Association of Christian Schools in Rwanda. Goals for the conference include:

* Support leaders to their work for developing “Christ-centred education” that transforms students’ lives.

* Assist in developing an implementation plan to achieve the vision of the Association of Christian Education in Rwanda

* Develop a framework for functional competence among school leaders and teachers to integrate Biblical worldview with the Rwandan educational program

* Incorporate the Teaching for Transformation model, God’s Story – Throughlines – Formational Learning Experiences (FLex), to embed Christ-centred education with everyday teaching and learning

* School teams to develop an implementation plan for their particular school contexts

Day 1 

The four day Conference began with creating group norms and then moved into 'Understanding The Biblical Story' (Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration). 

Participant Comment: "Traditional Christian Education is seen entriely around spriritual development, what we learn here is so much more - it is integrating the biblical story into our life and learning."

What are our deepest hopes for our schools, for our classes, for our lessons? 

Participant Comment"My hope [for Rwanda] is that there is a true commitment to Christian Education. I hope that our values, culture, pedagogical influence reflects the heart of God and impacts education wide scale." 

Where do you fit in the Biblical Story? How do we teach for transformation? 

Participant comment: " I like the manner of training. The training was effective because it was learner-centered"

Day 2 

What is Act 4? How do I integrate the Biblical Throughlines into my class? 

The conference participants enjoyed studying, presenting the Biblical Throughlines. 

Participant Comment: "When I was looking through these through-lines and trying to analyse them I didn't find myself in one of them. Is it possible for me not to be in one of them? or maybe I didn't understand them?"

Participant comment: "I have liked the group work we have been given today. Especially the work about teaching for transformation and throughlines. I am wondering the way I am going to put these or to appreciate this format in my class with my students - how amazing wil it be."

Day 3 

Participants discussed the Grade 5 Water Unit in Rwandan curriclum. They asked: how can we be stewards of the water we are given? People in our community do not use water well, so how are we going to follow up on the implemenation of this TFT learning plan here in Rwanda?"

Participant Comment: "I liked learning and practicing Formational Learning experiences, it was eye opening." 

Day 4

We asked participants: Now what is your action plan for your school for your classroom? 

School groups met together to create an 'action plan'. They also created a poster that summarizes their learning over the 4 last days. 

Participants asked themselves: "Has our deepest hopes for Rwandan education changed over the last 4 days?"

Participant Comment: "My deepest hope is that all schools will have tools (textbooks) that relate to biblical curriculum through the Rwanda Curriculum." 

Participant Comment: "I look forward to playing with the nations curriculum and practice as we integrate biblical worldview over the next year." 

Participant Comment: "I wish to personally extend my sincere appreciation for your time spent sharing knowledge, skills above all inspiring us to strive building heavenly kingdom on earth through the stories reflecting Godliness in us. Pondering this incredibly amazing presentation has overturned my understanding about biblical integration in our lessons."


Thank you to the Wellspring Foundation, participants and all our volunteers for making this week happen!


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