CFS staff are committed to bringing excellence, mobility and impact to Christian schools and communities around the globe. In her recent teaching and training tour in Africa, the co-Director of the Centre, Dr Jennie Bickmore-Brand spent time in Schools and associations in Uganda, South Africa and Zambia. Her activities included seminars and planning meetings at the Kagala Vocational Training Institute, Uganda, where there is a developing Lifelong Learning Centre prototype. As in other places, implementation requires a vertically integrated approach to developing intellectual and social capital. In short, in order to develop programs at VET level, one also needs to be developing pathways through degrees and future teaching staff at higher degree level. A development model involving microfinance and community transformation is in its design phase. Another school she visited was Goshen school northwest of Kampala, a school supported by the CRANE project in the USA. The transfer of book-making projects from Dr Bickmore Brand’s other work in PNG is an example of how development-oriented schools projects can enrich educational outcomes in networks that stretch around the globe.
Time spent at the Association for Christian Schools International (Africa) conference in Johannesburg led to discussions which resulted in exciting discussions about the possibility of empowering the work of Christian schools in South Africa. Development is ongoing.
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Dr. Jennie Bickmore Brand
Co-Director, Centre for the Future of Schooling