This month, Christian Yameogo, Transformation and Training Officer in Burkina Faso, introduces the Edify Core Value: Operate with high integrity. He discusses what integrity means to him and his work, and also to those around him. This value has special meaning for him and for his country. Over the past few months, our staff has been sharing their heart and “reflections” on the Edify core values and why they are so important to us. Last month, Karla, our Guatemelan Program Director discussed the Core Value: All things done with excellence.
A value can be defined as a rule that helps people to understand their surroundings and accordingly suggests the best way to operate in any given condition. For me, Edify’s Core Value: Operate with high integrity is significant. In 1984 our president changed the name of my country from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, meaning “land of upright people.” It is meaningful to see how both my country and my work promote integrity.
When I heard about Edify and the opportunity to promote Christ-centered education, I knew it was an organization I wanted to join. Since September 2014, I have worked with numerous schools, coaching and training them on ways to integrate Christ-centered values into their teaching. During these field visits and training sessions, I also get to share some of Edify’s core values. “Operating with high integrity” always captivates them because the people of Burkina Faso also hold this value closely.
Edify has been successful in setting core values that permeate the way our team operates. One of the commands that our Lord Jesus Christ shared with us is stated in Mathew 5:37, “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.’” Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness that you refuse to change.
Mathew 5:37 “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No’”
Even when people are not trustworthy and upright, my attempt to live a life full of integrity gives me an opportunity to be a model of transformation to others. Teaching and talking about transformation and Christ-centered values is living according to the virtues you cherish and teach. Working as an Edify Christian Transformation and Training Officer means I am an agent of transformation not only by teaching my Christian values, but also by living them out. I would like to encourage each of us, in the Edify family: a donor, a school leader, a teacher or a student, to always work with high integrity because we are working for the Lord as stated in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Let this always guide us.
Christian has more than four years of experience working in poor communities focusing on education and empowerment for illiterate adults. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Ouagadougou and a Certificate in Christian Education from Driestar Hogeschool in Netherlands. As an education program manager and teacher trainer, he is skilled in project management, and has played a key role in promoting Christ-centered education in Burkina Faso. Christian is also a youth leader in his church community working with the student club.