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Christian education in south India

We received the following correspondence from Bert Kuipers in Tasmania. Can we please commend the opportunities to you for the growth of Christian education in the developing world.

 

CHALLENGES OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IN A DEVELOPING COUNTRY.

I am coordinating and promoting an education focus trip to South India.  Education is a most significant developmental issue.

As well, I’m trying to foster a Christian perspective on education in a developing country like India where there are such huge challenges already.

So as well as being a challenging learning curve for the participant (in that it will give an appreciation of the difficulties kids face in India), another purpose of the trip is that there might be some opportunities to collaborate and come alongside young Indian teachers who are starting to think Christianly.

We would look at lots of different issues in education from problems of illiteracy, poverty, breakdown of education systems, teaching and learning in rural situations, tertiary and technical education etc. As well we will be looking at teaching and the opportunity for missions – Biblical literacy.

The dates have been tentatively set for 20 September to the 4th October. (School holidays in most Eastern States of Australia – they are 1 week later in other states)

The itinerary would take in venues in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

I’m coordinating this trip as I have many contacts in India. I have personally been to India on many occasions.

COST.  I can’t be totally specific, but I’m quite certain that it won’t be in excess of $A 2,500. This would include return budget airfares, internal travel, meals and budget accommodation.

The tour will be an amazing experience for anyone, but there won’t be much time for R&R. We would take in the following components that have “Christian” foundations:

– a one year post grad education course for first generation learners.

– a rural school for primary and secondary students.

– a technical trade training centre.

– there would be visits to government schools

– tuition centres that take in the after school coaching program.

–  inaugrating the Jesus Story Book Bible in Hindi and Gujarati language.

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST BY THE END OF MAY TO SEE IF THERE IS SUFFICIENT INTEREST.

NB (A simple expression of interest does not bring any obligations, it just means that you would like to be kept in the loop.)

Please contact me at     bkuipers@netspace.net.au    for any questions you may have.

 

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