Shining God’s light through Education

Thursday, 28 March 2019 Shining God’s light through Education For over 30 years, this international school has been a strong community in the midst of South Asia. This school is a K-12 international school with a vision of “being living witnesses of Christ’s love through excellent education”. The school has evolved from a dozen students to now over 200 with both a primary and secondary school. 

The school supports Third Culture Kids (TCKs) and their families by providing excellent education, taught at an international standard, in a nurturing environment. Around 70% of students are mission kids and 30% of students are from other faith backgrounds. Many families serving with Christian organisations are able to serve long-term in South Asia because their children’s educational needs are being met. 
“This school has played such a significant role in my family! It is a big reason why my parents have been able to stay in South Asia long-term (now 25 years with a few breaks). The school provided foundation for my siblings and I, nurturing and stretching us academically, socially and spiritually”, said Steph who graduated from this international school in 2009. 

The school is a blessing to the wider South Asia community through their teacher training arm called EQUIP (Education Quality Improvement Programme). EQUIP is working with Teaching Ministry in South Asia around 15 schools in rural areas as well as one school in an urban area to develop quality education in these school communities. Teacher trainers provide subject-specific training as well as training in classroom management, reading aloud, professional motivation and the development of local teaching resources and more. EQUIP aims to help teachers move away from the traditional rote learning and theoretical teaching. Instead, EQUIP desires to help teachers to develop an interactive and child-friendly learning and teaching environment. 

“EQUIP seeks to demonstrate the love of Christ in action and take our values of love, grace, community, justice and excellence where the education needs are greatest”, EQUIP Director Khim Kandel said. 

In February last year, the school ‘made the move’ to a new site after outgrowing their old campus. The previous site had small classrooms, no sports facilities and buildings that were not earthquake proof. Although Phase I of the building project is complete, the school is seeking funds for Phase II so they can build a library, arts block, office buildings and EQUIP offices. Please join us in praying for the school community that God would provide the facilities the school needs.
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