Board of Management

Burundi Youth For Christ, which serves as the steward of the founding Christian Mission, Vision and Philosophy of GIA, shall hold ultimate veto power over any board action which would cause GIA to depart from the founding Christian vision, mission and philosophy. The BYFC Board entrusts the day-to-day governance of the school to the GIA Board of Management. The business and financial affairs of the School shall be managed by the GIA Board of Management who may exercise all such powers of the School and do all such lawful acts and things as are not (by statute or by these Bylaws) directed or required to be exercised or done by the Administration.

Qualification; Number; Term.

Each person nominated and elected a Board Member of the School shall be a practicing Christian over the age of thirty (30) and subscribes to the GIA’s Mission, Vision, Philosophy, and Statement of Faith. The number of Board Membership of the School is not to exceed 8 (8) or be below eight (6). A maximum of 7 Board Members shall be voting members of the Board and elected and/or nominated pursuant to the provisions in the Board Policy Manual. The eighth Board Member shall be the Headmaster of the School who shall serve as the Secretary to the Board (by virtue of his position) and shall serve as a non-voting member – ex-officio. The Board of Management discusses and provides guidance concerning large and overarching decisions at GIA. The Board of Management is the ultimate authority for the school and is responsible for the continued well-being, spirituality, and excellence of the education available to the students. A minimum 6 board members shall constitute a voting quorum.

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Freddy Tuyizere

BYFC PRESIDENT & GIA Legal Representative

Frédéric (Freddy) Tuyizere , He is Burundian; born on June 24, 1970. He has a vision to raise up a generation of godly leaders to transform Burundi and beyond. He got his education in Burundi and South Africa. He is the Founder and president of Burundi Youth for Christ which is one of the most growing organizations in Burundi. Burundi YFC has impacted so many young people through owned built schools and orphanages in different parts of the nation. He is married to Marie- Josée and together they have 3 sons. Freddy grew up in a Christian home. People know him as a man of faith and hard work. His motto in life is from the bible: 2 Corinthians5:7 “Walk by faith not by sight”.

My personal Statement of faith:
I believe in the entire Bible as Holy and infallible word of God.
I believe in God the father, God the son and the Holy Spirit
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was conceived by Virgin Mary without committing any sexual sin, only through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ came on earth to die for my personal salvation; and I have received Him as my personal Lord and Savior the day I confessed my sins to Him.
I believe the universal church of Christ.
I believe in the eternal condemnation of the unbelievers.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ came on earth so that people may be saved in Him, and through His death and resurrection we can live an abundant life as the Bible says in the gospel of John 10:10
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to take his church to live eternally with Him in heaven.
My personal calling is to serve young people so that they can have a relationship with Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and then they can become the people God created them to be.
My motto in life is 2 Corinthians 5:7; I love to walk/move by faith not by sight as I continue to serve Jesus who died for me and I live for Him.
Raising up a generation of godly leaders in order to transform our society is the vision that guides me as I strive to serve God and His kingdom.

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Euphrate Ndayizigiye

National Director, Burundi Youth For Christ

Euphrate Ndayizigiye is a born again Christian who is working for Burundi YFC since the very beginning of the organization in 2000. He is married to Nyandwi Charlotte and has 3 children. He was appointed to run BYFC for 3 years when the current National Director, Mr. Freddy TUYIZERE, went for studies out of the country in 2001. He has a passion for youth development and evangelism and likes to take the lead of his local community in terms of social projects. He studied at Burundi University and has a degree in management. He has currently a position of Deputy National Director and finances officer in Burundi YFC. He is Board member of GIA as well.

PERSONAL STATEMENT OF FAITH

After many years of sinful life, I came to know Jesus on 17th September, 1983 when I was 15 years old. From that time my life has a purpose and I started to love people began to share my FAITH with them: The following is my personal Statement of Faith:

  1. GOD AND TRINITY: I believe that God is Supreme and the only Creator of the universe and that there is no other powerful god before and after him. I believe in the Trinity of God the father, God the Son and God The Holy Spirit who are eternal and work in us and through us. (2 Cor. 13:14)
  2. THE WORD OF GOD: I believe that the word of God found in the bible is from God and that he speaks to me through the bible. His word is my lamp on my pathway of my life. (Psalms. 119: 105)
  3. JESUS CHRIST AND THE CROSS: I believe that Christ died on the Cross for my Sins and that I receive sanctification through His bloodshed on the Cross at Golgotha (John 19:34)
  4. Faith ; I Walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corr 5:17)
  5. WORK AND SERVICE: I believe in the word stated in Genesis 2:15) that I need to work and then get my daily bread.
  6. LIFE AND DEATH : I believe that after this life, when I die, there is a resurrection and eternal life with God in heaven for those who believed in Him and eternal life in hell for those who denied His name. (Rom 6:23)
  7. THE BODY OF CHRIST: I believe that the church is the body of Christ where believers form a universal church. (1 Cor. 12:12)
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Japhet Niyondiko

Burundi Youth For Christ-GIA liaison officer & HOH Coordinator

Japheth Niyondiko is Burundian, born on 20/04/1974 and married. He holds a B.A in English language and literature at University of Burundi. He previously worked in a Catholic high school (in the south of Burundi) as a teacher of English and was later appointed a headmaster of a protestant high school in the neighborhoods.  He has been a staff of Burundi Youth for Christ (BYFC) since September 2011. He is in charge of coordinating Orphanages (Homes of Hope) and also serves as the BYFC –GIA (Gitega International Academy) Chief Liaison Officer. He is also a GIA board member. He is a born-again Christian, a peacemaker, promoting   justice and integrity.

Personal Statements of Faith

Introduction

Born  and grew up in a Christian family ,I regularly attended Sunday School ,which impacted my spiritual life since childhood  . From there I had no doubt that Heaven and Hell are reality ,though I was still struggling , fighting and falling in sins commonly made by children such as lying ,cheating(in tests) at school ,stealing small items ,etc. When I went to grade 7 secondary ,I wholeheartedly decided to commit my life to God , got baptized and followed Jesus no turning back. Since that moment I have a sweet experience with Him.Ps46:1”God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…..’’  HE is my best friend , a real friend who  sympathize with me in sorrow  and  enjoys my success . ‘’A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED’’.   Having known the Lord and studied His word I hereby uphold and affirm the statements of faith written below:

Bible: The Bible is the Word of God and its original manuscripts are free from errors and contradictions. It is the one and only infallible, authoritative, and trustworthy rule for faith and life, (2 Peter. 1:212 Tim. 3:16).

God : God is the only Supreme Being with no gods created before or after Him in all of existence, in all places, in all time (Isaiah 43:1044:644:81 Tim. 1:17). He has always been God and was never anything else (Psalm 90:2). He is Holy (Rev. 4:8), Eternal (Isaiah 57:15), Omnipotent (Jer. 32:17,27), Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7), Omniscient (1 John 3:20); etc. He is Love (1 John 4:816); Light (1 John 1:5); Spirit (John 4:24); Truth (Psalm 117:2); Creator (Isaiah 40:12,22,26), etc. He is to be worshiped (Gen. 24:26Ex. 4:312 Chron. 29:281 Cor. 14:25Rev. 7:11). He is to be served (Matt. 4:10;1 Cor. 6:19Phil. 3:71 Thess. 1:9Heb. 9:14). He is to be proclaimed (Matt. 28:19f.; John 14:15f.; Acts 1:8).

The Trinity: There is one God in whom are three eternal, distinct, simultaneous persons -- the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. All three are the one God, coeternal, coequal, etc., yet there is only one God, not three gods. (Isaiah 44:6,845:5Gen. 1:26-273:22Matt. 3:1728:19Luke 9:352 Cor. 13:14)

Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is the Word (God) who became a man. He added human nature to His divine nature. He is both human and divine, and, therefore, has two natures. Yet, He is one person, not two. (Phil. 2:5-11Col. 2:91 Tim. 3:16Heb. 1:5-13John 1:1-3,14). Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived and born of the virgin Mary, (Luke 1:42). Mary ceased to be a virgin after the birth of Jesus (Matt. 1:25).

Jesus Christ rose from the dead in the same body He died in after being in the grave for three days. He was raised in a glorified, physical body (still retaining his crucifixion wounds, John 10:25-28). He ascended bodily into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), sits at the right hand of the Father, and rules heaven and earth, (John 2:191 Cor. 15Luke 24:39). Likewise, we Christians will be raised bodily from the dead and spend eternity with the Lord.

God the Father so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Word, became man, bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Peter. 2:24), and died in our place, suffering the consequences of the breaking the Law (1 John 3:4), which is physical death (Rom. 6:23) and spiritual death (Isa. 59:2), that was due us (Isaiah 53:4-6). He became sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21). His sacrifice was a legal substitution for us (1 John 2:2John 19:301 Pet. 2:24). It was legal since sin is breaking God's Law (1 John 3:4) and substitutionary since Christ took our punishment (Isaiah 53:4-6) and tasted death for everyone (Heb. 2:9).  As a result, God's justice was satisfied, Christian believers are released from eternal punishment (1 Pet. 3:18Matt. 1:2125:46Rom. 51 John 2:2), and their debt that our sin brings against us has been cancelled (Col. 2:14).

Water Baptism: Baptism is an important action of obedience for a Christian and signifies a person's identification with Christ. Baptism is not necessary for salvation. It is an outward manifestation of an inward reality of trust in the sacrifice of Christ, which is our conversion.  Baptism is our public identification with Christ. The act of water baptism does not save anyone. We are made right before God by faith, not by faith and baptism (Rom. 3:28-304:3,55:1Gal. 2:1621Phil. 3:9; see also Acts 10:44-48).

Nature of Man: Man is fallen, corrupt, and wicked. Man believes in God by God's grace through faith (John 6:28-2915:5Phil. 1:29), is unable to come close to God through his own efforts (John 6:44Rom. 3:10-12), is born again not of his own will (John 1:13), nor can he understand the spiritual things of God on his own (1 Cor. 2:14Rom. 8:7), nor can he earn salvation by his attempt at good works (Eph. 2:8-9Rom. 4:1-6), nor once saved does he maintain his salvation by his works (Gal. 3:1-3). Conscious eternal punishment in hell and separation from the blessed presence of God are the consequences of the unregenerate person's sinfulness who has not trusted in the redemptive sacrificial work of Christ on the cross (Eph. 2:1-3Rom. 6:23).

Salvation: Salvation is being saved from the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner. Salvation is obtained by grace alone, through faith alone, in the work of Christ alone (John 3:16) and not by our good works (Rom. 3:284:1-55:1Eph. 2:8-9Gal. 3:1-4).

Justification: Justification is being declared legally righteous by God (Phil. 3:9). This justification is received by faith alone in the work of Christ fulfilling the Law in his earthly ministry (1 Pet. 2:22), and in his removing of sin by his sacrifice.  It is received by faith without any ceremony and without baptism (Rom. 4:1-6).  Our justification is a gift from God (Rom. 3:24) and is received apart from the works of the Law (Rom. 3:28Gal. 2:21).

Sanctification: Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit makes us more like Christ in all that we do, think, and desire, and increases our ability to repent from sin -- by God's grace, (1 Thess. 4:7Eph. 2:101 Tim. 4:41 Peter. 3:152 Tim. 2:25). This process continues all of the Christian's life and is the result of salvation, not a cause of it, nor a contributing factor to it. Furthermore, the effort of sanctification does not maintain the believer's salvation.

The Church of God: God calls Christians to his Church where the Word of God is preached, where baptism and the Lord's Supper (communion) are administered, where believers are discipled and disciplined, and where believers serve to build up one another (Matt. 16:18). There is no one true earthly ecclesiastical body that is 'the true church.' Rather, the True Church consists of all true believers wherever they might be.

Rapture: The event where, upon Jesus' return, those who have died in Christ and those Christians who are then alive will be physically caught up to the clouds and meet the Lord Jesus in the air. We will then forever be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:16-5:2). Jesus Christ will bodily and visibly return from heaven to earth with great glory and majesty.

Angels and Demons: There is a spiritual realm of angels and demons. Angels serve God and carry out his will. Demons are fallen angels (2 Pet. 2:4Jude 6) who war against God and who will ultimately face eternal punishment (Matt. 25:412 Per. 2:4). Christians cannot be demon possessed.

Judgment: All who are not justified by faith in Christ and his sacrifice on the cross will face eternal, conscious, and agonizing judgment away from the presence of God (Matt. 8:12Luke 16:19-31Rev. 20:14-1521:8)

Ministry: Part of being a Christian means to participate in expanding the Kingdom of God. Every Christian is to work for this end according to the gifts given him or her by the Lord (Matt. 28:18-20Rom. 12). Not all are pastors, or evangelists, or teachers (Rom. 12), but each Christian is expected to do his or her part to promote the gospel whether it is by prayer and/or tithing, and/or teaching, and/or bearing and training children, and/or evangelism, etc.

Marriage: Marriage is between one man and one woman where sexual intercourse is to be had only within that bond, between husband and wife alone.  Marriage is dissolved upon death.

Spiritual Experiences: After we get saved as we continue to seek the Lord we are to experience God in different ways which include the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. All Christians have varying spiritual gifts and all Christians can exercise their faith in healing the sick, delivering the oppressed and setting the captives free. Mark 16: 15-18.

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Simon Guillebaud

Executive Director, Great Lakes Outreach

Simon Guillebaud is the Founder of Great Lakes Outreach and has been working in Burundi since 1999. He holds joint British and Burundian nationality. He has a degree in Modern European Studies and a Masters in Missions. GLO has partnered with YFC since the very beginning and Simon is a proud ambassador and advocate of YFC’s strategic work in the nation. He holds the position of Vice-Chairman on GIA’s board. He is married and has three children.

PERSONAL STATEMENT OF FAITH

I believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

I believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

I believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

I believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

I believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

I believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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Josée Ntabahungu

GEWEP Team Leader |CARE International au Burundi

Josée is a former journalist, she is among the first female journalists who founded journalist association in Burundi and was a very active woman empowerment including gender promotion. After 13years ago she joined CARE international, she was a strong advocacy and communication person. She has been writing in Burundi CARE Newspaper called “did you know”. Today she ahead of gender quality and women empowerment program in which 8 national NGOs are partners. She holds a degree in social science, History and followed trainings in women right and leadership. As a team leader of women empowerment program in CARE International Burundi, she travels the world in Europe and USA taking on behalf of vulnerable women and girls for their empowerment. She participated in UN 59th and 60th session for the commission of status of women and was a speaker in UN women High level on women’s economic empowerment.

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Ketty Ruhara

Deputy Director of Operations, International Leadership Foundation

Ketty Ruhara is a firm believer that African nations can be significantly transformed by capitalizing on their internal resources. More importantly, she believes that the greatest resource Africa poses is its people, specifically the youth. In a professional capacity, Ketty serves as the Deputy Director of the International Leadership Foundation. Additionally, she is involved in several capacity building activities designed to help youth discover and maximize their highest potential. Recently, Ketty founded a Mentorship program (AspireOne Mentorship) which mission is to empower aspiring young leaders reach their personal and professional goals through mentoring relationships. Ketty holds a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Leadership and currently pursuing a Master Degree in the same field.

Personal Statement of Faith

I received Christ as my Savior on January 23rd 2009. Without any doubt, it is the best decision I made in my life. I therefore live with a burning desire to share with others (non-believers) how Christ has transformed my life. There is no greater joy than to leave darkness by the power of the Holy Spirit and live in His light. Since I made the decision to turn to God fully (born again), I’ve made a commitment to grow in His image and knowledge of the Lord.

I therefore believe:

  • God: I believe God is the creator of the world and exists as a Three-in-One God: the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
  • Bible: I believe that the Bible is God’s perfect word, written by divine inspiration, without error. I believe it is the living word of God.
  • Jesus: I believe Jesus is the eternal Son of God, the Messiah, born of the virgin Mary according to ancient prophecy. I believe he was both human and divine.
  • Resurrection: I believe Jesus died for my sins, resurrected on the 3rd day, and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God.
  • Holy Spirit: I believe I’ve freely received the gift of the Holy Spirit that enables me to walk in Christ.
  • Ministry: I believe that we are to make disciples of all nations (until all have heard).
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KALEMERA GILBERT

Mr. Kalemera Gilbert is a holder of a Bachelors of Arts with Education Degree in Geography and History from MakerereUniversity , Kampala Uganda. He is a committed and dedicated Educationist, a leader and an Administrator with seventeen years of teaching experience in different countries of East Africa.

He has held  differentpositions such as of Class teacher, Head of Geography  department, Fees Monitor, Academic  Dean, Headmaster in Uganda and now Head of school in Gitega International Academy.

He believes that the road to the peak of Academic Excellence has a lot of Challenges but his role is to encourage the staff and the students to soldier on. We cannot afford to loose our focus, and he believes that every student has a seed of great potential, just only waiting to germinate. He enjoys serving the Lord, teaching, and team work.

Mr. Kalemera comes from Uganda, Married with three children, but lives and works in Gitega, Burundi at Gitega International academy. He strongly believe that where there is a will, there is a way.

PERSONAL VISION, MISSION AND CORE VALUES.

VISION:

To bring inspiration and innovation to every student that i teach.

 

MISSION:

To be a model educator nurturing the mental, physical and spiritual faculties for self- reliance.

 

CORE VALUES:

  1. Excellence: - I focus my energy and effort efficiently and effectively to ensure greatest positive impact and out put in my work while exhibiting the highest professional ethics.
  2. Accountability: - I am committed to being a good steward of my resources and those of other stake holders by exercising a thoughtful and cost-effective use of time, skills and finances I have.
  3. Integrity, Honesty and Openness: - I commit to integrating actively the ideas of integrity in what I believe with what I do. I will do the right things for the right reason.
  4. Gender Equity: - I will at all times strive to create an enabling environment free from discrimination, Malice, an Sabotage. I will create equal opportunities for all irrespective of tribe, religion, sex and any other form of Discrimination.
  5. Respect: - My respect for others compels me to fully value and affirm the dignity and uniqueness of others. Respect is also the foundation for my good relationships and customer care with my clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders.
  6. STATEMENT OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:
  7. The Christian philosophy of education places a high value upon knowledge, both of God and of His works. It describes the moral and spiritual fruits of this knowledge and defines its ultimate purpose which I as a Christian teacher I base my teaching and mentoring of my student.
  8. A presentation of the basic beliefs of Christian education and, second, an application of these beliefs to the specific mission of the Christian school is my primary core value in the day to day classroom and school practices.
  9. His self-revelation is the substance of Christian belief. What we call Biblical Christianityis a system of certain basic truths that God has revealed. Among these truths, the following are fundamental to Christian education which I believe constitutes my teachings.
  10. God created man in His own image. Of all created beings, only man is spoken of in the Scriptures as being created in God's image. "And God said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Gen. 1:26-27). Possessing the divine image, man reflects God not only in his moral, intellectual, and emotional capacities but also in his aesthetic sensibility, social inclinations, and other qualities of his personality so are my students in class. To acknowledge this correspondence is not to claim a degree of deity for man but to recognize that man, the creature, uniquely bears the stamp of his Creator.
  11. The image of God in man was marred when man fell through disobedience to his Creator.God created man for fellowship with Him. This fellowship was not to be forced but voluntary. Man, however, prompted by Satan, chose to rebel against God (Gen. 3). His rebellion, which we call "the fall of man," brought all mankind and all creation under the dominion of sin.
  12. All human beings, consequently, are born essentially evil, not essentially good, having inherited the evil nature of the first man, Adam (Ps. 51:5; Rom. 5:12). All stands condemned before God because of their sin and are in need of a Saviour (Rom. 3:23; 6:23).
  13. As a Christian teacher I believe the image of God in man was not entirely destroyed by the fall (see Gen. 9:6; James 3:9), it was severely marred. The mind of the natural man, for example, is capable of intellectual but not of spiritual perception. He "receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (I Cor. 2:14). On matters of the greatest importance to man, his mind is not to be trusted, for it has been impaired by sin.
  14. God has provided for the restoration of His image in man through the person and work of Jesus Christ.This restoration is not accomplished by the fanning of a supposed inborn "spark of divinity" in the individual, as religious liberalism has traditionally maintained, but by the giving of a new nature. "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [i.e., creation]: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new" (II Cor. 5:17).
  15. Jesus Christ, the virgin-born Son of God, is the designer, Creator, and preserver of all things and is to have pre-eminence in all things (Col. 1:16-19). He is the answer to those persistent questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? Speaking of Jesus Christ, the Bible declares "For of him [where I came from], and through him [why I am here], and to him [where I am going], are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen" (Rom. 11:36).
  16. In Jesus Christ, God became man (I Tim. 3:16), and, as the unique God-Man, Jesus Christ is completely God and completely man. Though no man has seen God at any time (John 1:18), man possesses in Jesus Christ the ultimate and complete revelation of God (John 1:1; Heb. 1:2). Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, came into the world to redeem mankind by His substitutionary death on the cross (I Pet. 2:24; Luke 19:10; Rom. 3:24-26). His bodily resurrection proved Him the Son of God (Rom. 1:4) with power to save all who come to God by Him (Heb. 7:25). When He ascended, He gave gifts to the Church "for the perfecting of the saints" in the image of God (Eph. 4:7-12).
  17. I believe a Church is that group of individuals who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and who have openly confessed this faith (Rom. 10:9-10). The Church thus is not a building or even a denomination. It is the Body of Christ, composed of every true believer on the Lord Jesus Christ from Pentecost to the rapture (Eph. 5:25-30; Heb. 12:22-23). Although true believers are commanded by Scripture to assemble themselves together in local churches (Heb. 10:25), to be part of the true Church is not merely to be religious or to belong to a religious group. It is to possess the life of God in the soul. The believer is made a partaker of the divine nature (II Pet. 1:4).
  18. Therefore, it is my duty and obligation to allow my class be like a church, were the holy spirit guides our teaching learning process in harmony and in one faith.
  19. I believe from the moment a child is born, certain forces are at work influencing his development. As his inherited powers and tendencies surface and interact with his environment and his will, he takes on the characteristics of his adulthood. Human growth, however, does not end with physical maturity. Some faculties of the personality are capable of expansion and refinement into old age. Education, whether of child or adult, is the directing of this total ongoing process of development toward specific objectives which is my core obligation and responsibility as the educator.
  20. I believe my purpose is the directing the process of human development toward God's objective for man: godliness of character and action which bends its efforts to the end "that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (II Tim. 3:17).
  21. This goal of godliness presupposes the experience of regeneration. As education in general begins with physical birth, Christian education proper begins with spiritual rebirth, when the life of God is communicated to the soul. To say that Christian education proper begins with the new birth is not, however, to say that it is pointless before regeneration.
  22. It is my duty to provide the student with necessary awareness of God and responses to His Word so that when the Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin he will readily and with full understanding accept Christ as his Savior. Timothy from childhood knew "the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (II Tim. 3:15). To make children and even undegenerated adults "wise unto salvation" is no less a legitimate function of Christian education today.
  23. Growth in godliness proceeds step by step from regeneration toward full maturity "in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (II Pet. 1:5-8). This growth, like regeneration, is made possible by divine grace (Titus 2:11-13). It results from the emulation of Christ, who, as "the express image" of "the Majesty on high" (Heb. 1:3), is the visible manifestation of the divine nature that God has ordained for man's imitation. As regenerated man continues to occupy his mind with the truth of God revealed in Christ, he is "changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (II Cor. 3:18). His full conformity to the image of God in Christ--his Christ-likeness--is the goal of Christian education (Rom. 8:29). This goal is pursued with the recognition that its complete realization awaits the full view of Christ in the life to come, when "we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" (I John 3:2).
  24. I believe that focus of the educational process is, of course, the student, a unique individual created for a specific purpose in God's plan. He must be properly qualified and motivated if he is to perform his cooperative role. Without a regenerated, willing student, Christian education cannot carry out its purpose. Regeneration does not eliminate the old nature--what the Apostle Paul called the "old man" or the "flesh"--and carnal attitudes and inclinations can hinder spiritual growth. It is the student's responsibility to bring with him a pure heart and a willing mind. With these and the proper instruction, his success is assured, for "the pure in heart," Christ promised, "shall see God," and the diligent search for knowledge, as for silver and hid treasures, will be rewarded (Matt. 5:8; Prov. 2:3-5).
  25. In the Scriptures God has commanded two institutions to educate: the home and the church. As an extension of either or both of these institutions, as a Christian teacher, I have a Biblical mandate to educate these young souls since they even take the biggest part of the year with me than their homes.
  26. The Bible makes clear that education is to begin in the home (Gen. 18:19; Deut. 6:7; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4; II Tim. 1:5; 3:15). It makes parents responsible for their children and charges them with an educational task. For that reason, I am given the primary task of being their parent and educate these learners the right way to go.
  27. The New Testament indicates that the responsibilities of the church include edification as well as evangelism (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:42; II Tim. 2:2). The Scriptural representation of the church as a body--an organism that grows and matures--implies a teaching function for this institution. Also, the recognition of the gift of teaching by the New Testament (Rom. 12:4-7; I Cor. 12:28) assumes the necessity of teaching in the local churches. I believe this must be castigated by the teacher.
  28. My work as a Christian teacher is an extension of the Christian educational ministries of the Christian home and the church. Its purpose, therefore, is the development of the student in the image of God. This purpose determines both the content and the means of instruction.
  29. King David exhorted his son, "And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind" (I Chron. 28:9). How perfectly David must have understood that the education of the child of God must include both the knowledge of God and the preparation for exercising that knowledge in service. Accordingly, in Christian education, as a teacher I must teach and mentor students to knowGod and to imitate Him in His character and in His works.
  30. I believe that the whole body of Christian educational theory rests upon the recognition that all truth is of God. He is the God of truth (Ps. 31:5); His Son is the Lord of truth (John 14:6); His Spirit is the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17). All truth, whether discerned or undiscerned by man, comes forth from a single source and, therefore, is one harmonious whole. Consequently, God's written self-revelation is the starting point of all rational inquiry and the guide to all interpretation of reality. No concept can be true that conflicts with the statements of the Scriptures. Conversely, no untruth is a legitimate support of divine revelation or has any place in the ministry of spiritual truth. A reverence for the God of truth compels a conscientious regard for accuracy in all areas of factual investigation and reporting.
  31. Since it is the purpose of Christian education to develop redeemed man in the image of God, I must point students to the original of this image, God Himself. Students come to know God by studying His revelation of Himself in His Word and in His works. Of these, the more fully revealing of God is His Word; and, therefore, the Bible is the centre of the Christian school curriculum. The Bible is not only the most important subject matter but also the source of the principles determining the other subject matters and the way in which they are taught. The presentation of Biblical truth is thus not confined to a single segment of the curriculum--the study of the Bible--but diffused throughout the teaching of all subjects. The teacher's knowledge of the Scriptures controls his selection and interpretation of materials and determines his whole perspective on his subject matter. The Scriptures possess this privileged status in the curriculum, for they are the primary means of conveying the knowledge of God.
  32. This knowledge of God implies more than just knowledge about Certainly, an acquaintance with the facts about God in the written revelation is important. But the knowledge of God that is unique to Christian education is a personalknowledge that begins with repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and develops through obedience to and communion with God. To know God is to be born into the family of God and to live in fellowship with Him (I John 5:20; Phil. 3:10) is core obligation of the educator which I believe I ought to do.
  33. I believe that in endeavouring to fulfil the purpose of Christian education, the development of Christ-likeness in redeemed man, as a consequence of the knowledge of God, the imitation of God. Students learn of God so that they may imitate Him. They are to become "followers of God" (Eph. 5:1) through learning from my fruits and actions as their educator.
  34. In following God, they imitate both His nature and His works. The imitation of God's nature results in holiness of character. God commands His people to imitate His holiness: "Be ye holy; for I am holy" (I Pet. 1:16). The fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) is the expression of the holiness of God in the believer's character. The imitation of God's works results in service. Service is the consequence of following the one who said of Himself, "For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto [that is, to be served], but to minister [to serve], and to give his life a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).
  35. The imitation of God's works by the Christian student necessitates a continual emphasis upon the goal of service and a provision in the curriculum for instruction in skills and disciplines that equip students for service. Academic subjects like business studies or economics are studied not as ends in themselves but as means of improving the student as a servant of God. Such instruction includes not only mental but also physical culture, training in the proper care of the vehicle with which God has provided man to serve Him. The student learns that personal conscience must not be abused or neglected but developed and disciplined for the service of God and presented to Him for His use and His glory (Rom. 12:1-2; I Cor. 6:20).
  36. The imitation of God's works by the student requires provision in the curriculum for the development of all the powers with which he has been endowed by his Creator and the direction of these refined powers into channels of godly action. The Christian school encourages the development of the student's creativity, for man has been given the ability to create in imitation of God. Christian creativity, unlike that of the unbelieving world, attempts to reflect God's ways as completely as possible. As Christian teacher I am concerned with the improvement of the student's tastes. If the student is to imitate God in His judgment, to obey the injunction to "approve things that are excellent" (Phil. 1:10), he must possess the aesthetic as well as the moral perceptions and inclinations to prefer the best in all areas of his experience. To imitate God in His actions as well as in His attributes is to develop abilities into skills and to exercise them as instruments of God's will.
  37. As a Christian teacher, am concerned that the manner, no less than the matter, of its teaching be consistent with the purpose of Christian education, conforming the student to the image of God in Christ. This purpose requires imitating God in the means of teaching as well as in the content taught. Therefore, my educational procedures and vehicles in the classroom teaching must follow Biblical example and norms.
  38. As a Christian educator I find Biblical warrant for the use of a wide diversity of educational methods. In my teaching, Christ, the Master Teacher, used an amazing variety of methods and materials. In the Old Testament from Genesis onward, God taught man through a diversity of means. In the Garden of Eden, He used a tree to teach Adam. Since the Flood He has used a rainbow to teach the world that He will not again destroy the earth by water. The entire tabernacle was a prophetic object lesson, setting forth the person and work of His Son, Jesus Christ.
  39. I believe that Biblical methods, as a rule, require some effort on the part of the student, though the effort need not be tedious. They provide for the "discovering" of truth (actually the revealing of truth by a God eager to reward diligent study), as well as for the reinforcing of learning, by man's search (Prov. 2:4-6). The parables, for example, required a searching on the part of the disciples before their truths were fully revealed. That which is learned at the cost of effort is not soon forgotten, and God delights in blessing those who are zealous for the knowledge of Him
  40. My position as a teacher is one of authority and service, and the two are intertwined. In Scriptural leadership, he who leads must also serve (Matt. 20:25-28). In fact, he rules in order to serve. Christ, our Lord and Master, not only served mankind supremely in His death but also continues to serve His people. He can serve most fully those who accept His rule. Similarly, the Christian teacher exercises authority over the student in order to serve the student in his quest for Christ-likeness. Therefore, my ability to serve the student depends to a great extent upon the student's acceptance of his rule.
  41. Likewise, the Christian school administrator exercises authority over both the teacher and the student in order to serve the teacher in his service of the student. The chief responsibility of the administrator is to provide the most favourable environment possible for the communication of Christ to the student. The teacher can function as a "teacher come from God" only as the administration serves his needs and, through him, the needs of the student. Conversely the administration can serve the teacher and the student in the process of Christian education only as they submit to its rule. As a godly administration undergirds the ministry of a godly teacher to a responsive student, the goal of godliness in the student's character and action is increasingly realized.

 

Respectfully

GILBERT KALEMERA

HEAD OF SCHOOL

GITEGA INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY.

HEAD OF SCHOOL AND SECRETARY TO THE BOARD

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