Starting a preschool to reach the communities of Kinshasa
In 2015 we begin the initial phases of an educational project, which is focused at reaching into one community initially. Starting with a preschool, we will add a grade each year in order to develop an elementary school. One of our goals is bringing Christ to students and their families as well as offering additional classes for the whole family. Our teacher education program, reaching to surrounding areas, will increase the potential for achievement and progress, as well as help teachers integrate Christ into their classroom lessons.
Partnering with Fateb to start an elementary school
In phase one, we will join the newest branch of the Fateb seminary, by opening a K-12 school. The school will begin in 2015 with three levels of kindergarten and add a grade each year until all grades are present.
Focusing on high-quality curriculum and integrating Christian principles
Two benchmarks of this project will be an emphasis on cultivating a life transformation within students towards Christ-likeness and on providing a rigorous, thought-provoking curriculum to prepare students for higher education and community impact. Beyond the educational components of a Christian school, every aspect of the school will focus on the fruit of God’s love as demonstrated in the lives of students and staff. These transformed lives will be the elements used to transform the community, one life at a time.
Developing one of the first Bachelor of Education degree programs in DRC
We are currently laying the foundation for a Bachelor of Education program to provide one of the first degrees in the country in Elementary Education. Degrees in Theology and Professional Studies (Communication, Technology, Business) are also in the long-range plans. Education for the entire family of enrolled students will be supported through continuing education programs in Women’s Studies, English Language and Leadership Development.
Modeling for future schools
These programs will serve as a model for later phases of the Fateb Kinshasa partnership, such as, becoming a teacher development center in the region. By taking the best of teacher training in Africa, research-based pedagogy from abroad, and context-based studies, the Fateb Kinshasa partnership can help raise the bar of educational excellence in the country.