Adventist Christian education: Panacea to societal ills?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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Northern Caribbean University (NCU), which is owned and operated by the Adventist church, is convening a summit to examine the impact of its strand of Christian education on society.

Its set for Saturday, November 3, 2018 on the main campus in Mandeville and will be guided by the theme: Adventist Christian Education: Panacea to Societal Ills?

The university said the summit is expected to target 1,500 participants, primarily education directors in Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) churches and those involved in the delivery of education in Adventist-run educational institutions within the Jamaica Union and the Atlantic Caribbean Union. That includes the Turks and Caicos Islands, The Cayman Islands and The Bahamas.

According to Dr Michael Harvey, director of empowerment training and education projects at NCU, the objective of the summit is to “re-emphasise the importance of the integration of faith and learning as fundamental in the delivery of Adventist Christian education”. He added that it will be the beginning of a process to equip educators to integrate faith and learning into the curriculum. He argued that at the tertiary level, Adventist Christian education must affect attitude, character and values. “Knowledge must impact who you become,” he declared.

Dr Harvey headlines the line-up of speakers, which also includes Dr Ivor Harry, education director at The Cayman Islands SDA Conference, and Dean-roy Bernard, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.

The summit will also include a panel discussion on the topic, Adventist Christian Education — The Way Forward. Panelists will include Audrey Sewell, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Economic Development and Job Creation in the Office of the Prime Minister.

A special feature of the summit will be a recognition of outstanding contribution to education. Awards will be presented to one education director from each pastoral district and in each conference in the Jamaica and Atlantic Caribbean unions.

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