Welcome to SENTAfrica, and LIVINGWAY EDUCATION 2014
SENT is the name of the organization under which my wife and I operate. It stands for SUPPORT; ENCOURAGE; NURTURE and TRAIN. We generally refer to it as SENTAfrica as we feel we have been sent to Africa. Wherever we are sent, that is what we try to do. Jesus told his disciples to go into ‘all the world’; in turn these early Christians taught others to reach out to a growing world. We, following Jesus’ instructions, also go where we are led to support, encourage, nurture and train disciples of Jesus. (See statement of belief )
SENTAfrica wants to support Christian teachers in Africa and encourage schools to take a lead in community development.
In 2009, we set up the WAYSIDE forumon this SENTAfrica web-site to help us gather ideas and views about education. Views given at this time provided a direction for conferences and workshops. Over time this helped us form a philosophy of education that will be the foundation for our work with Schools.
Since 2012 SENTAfrica has been working in Malawi setting up LIVINGWAY EDUCATION(LWE). Click here to discover more.
The LIVINGWAY EDUCATION thinking about education is not something permanently fixed and it is constantly under review. Firstly it is about developing ‘a’ and not ‘the’ Christian perspective on education. It is about seeing ourselves as teachers ‘called’ by God to serve our community through teaching. It is also about participating with community in transformational development. This would, for example, include encouraging the set-up of skills-exchange centers in the community where individuals would pass on the skills they possess and gain new ones. We are all teachers and all learners.
The role of the teacher has been explained by one teacher:
“imagine what an impact teachers could have if they saw themselves as missionaries to their communities. Teachers are in a privileged position of knowing their communities needs in very personal ways. They know if children have housing, food or health issues. They know the spiritual climate of their area. We want to help them see that they have been placed by God to do so much more than simply teach – we want to help them transform their communities.” Anna – English primary-school teacher.
During 2013 LWE has bought land and is currently building a center for teachers on the banks of Lake Malawi near the village of Chitipi. As we believe that self-sufficiency is the key to responsible development work the Teachers’ center will be run independent of donor support. To achieve this a guest house will be built alongside the center to provide LWE with basic funding.
Our friend, and SENTAfrica representative in Malawi, Yunusu Banda, is now working full-time on this SENTAfrica project as a director of LIVINGWAY EDUCATION. With his wife Eunice, and the other trustees of LWE, the project will be soon be able to make an impact in local schools.
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As you read about this evolving project and read about the lives of those involved we hope your heart will be moved to pray for them, and with them, in the work they are doing.
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