|The Dominican Republic is a country of incredible natural beauty. It is home to countless endemic birds, amphibians and flowers, some only found on the island of Hispanola. Its fertile soil produces cacao, tobacco, sugar as 30% of the country is suitable for agriculture. Pollution and deforestation threaten the island's biodiversity and green space. Tourism and eco-tourism initiatives offer opportunity for environmental stewardship but also sometimes trample on natural resources. Multinational corporations offer much-needed employment, but sometimes at an environmental cost.… Read more »|
|Today, the buzz about mobile technology in the developing world is not limited to development and technology circles. As more and more US school districts aquire tablets for their classrooms, a wide audience is asking, "how could mobile technology help solve the global educational access and quality problems?" How can mobile technology help where there is a dearth of teachers or where learning content is limited? Sugta Mitra's experiment with student-driven learning in India has gotten many excited about the… Read more »|
Teacher Mate Holiday Club
|Claude prepping his 'Teacher-station' lesson. Students know exactly what to do in each of the 3 stations. We are in the middle of the school break in Rwanda. The students have recently finished writing their exams, and are on holiday until the new year. At Imena primary school, many students in P1-P3 students were upset to have to take time off… Read more »|
|In the book of Exodus, YHWH gives His name: I am that I am (alternatively "I will be what I will be". Exodus 3:14) He points to His auto-existence. He defines Himself by His being. In the Gospel of John, Jesus also offers many "I am" statements: I am the Living Bread (6:51), I am the Light of the World (8:12), I am the True Vine (15:1). Surely, our God's definition of Himself points to an order of being first. The… Read more »|
November – School-Based Training
|As the school holidays get up and going, we are trying something a bit new in Rwanda. Rather than bring teachers or school leaders to a large training facility, we are going right to their space, and conducting school-based trainings. In the past 2 weeks we have facilitated 4 half-day trainings, at 4 client schools. Our main focus has been on 'learning and teaching in English'. This is a topic that is often requested by school leaders and is an area… Read more »|
|In Spanish, "the street" is used to communicate a figurative and physical place of commerce and errands. It is used in contrast to "being home"--for which the connotation is usually safety and family. It is used in phrases such as "Jenny isn't home, she's still in the street" or "Fausto works all day in the street and still makes barely enough to pay rent." The "street" culture--that is, what happens as students walk to and from school, run to the store… Read more »|
Edify is on the Move!
|Edify is on the move! This summer Edify began pilot projects in two new countries in Africa: Liberia and Burkina Faso! We are so grateful for our partners in Liberia and Burkina Faso who have blessed us with enthusiasm and local expertise to help expand and improve Christ-centered low-fee schools. Here’s a quick snapshot of our progress to date in Liberia. Liberia ranks as one of the poorest countries… Read more »|
Glimpse from the Field
Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
|This past month, Edify sponsored 20 participants from 10 partner schools in Rwanda to attend the 2nd annual ACSI roundtable conference. ACSI stands for the Association of Christian Schools International and is a Christian educational organization that supports the personal and professional development of Christian educators. Further, they "provide vital support functions for Christian schools, encourage Christian values in Christian schools and focus on developing the child spiritually" (ASCI webpage,2013). The Edify Rwanda team sits on the planning committee for… Read more »|
|The Gospel reads: John 1: 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth*! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. *Nazareth has Portuguese and Spanish spellings of Nazaret and Nazaré Having lived in… Read more »|