Collaboration

How do we view children? Graham (2019, p.xvi), in his book Teaching Redemptively, challenges Christians to consider what education produces if it treats children as ‘objects rather than as God’s image bearers’. Being created in God's image means, amongst other things, that we are creative, purposeful and free. So why then does education get reduced to children passively absorbing information, with no input from students on what they want to learn, and good grades being given for the reproductio...
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Strategic Planning

Rachel Bowyer reflects on benefiting from training facilitated by one of the leaders who usually attends the regular leadership gatherings Soul Action facilitates in Durban every other month. Daryl’s training is designed to support organisations, and businesses, as they develop plans to achieve their long-term goals / strategic planning. Over the two days we covered four key areas: Understanding Appreciative Inquiry Tools to support in developing a strategic plan and, applicati...
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Learning from School Visits

Recently, whilst in Johannesburg, Rachel was able to visit two schools, both developing innovative models of education. Streetlight school, located in a community housing area, operates from the ground floor of a block of flats.  The school started in 2016 from a desire to provide quality education for the community. The school is currently for 5 to 7s. Parents pay minimal school fees making it affordable. Fundraising covers the shortfall in staffing and running costs. The SPARK group of sch...
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