“Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others."
2 Timothy 2:2
The vision of New Hope International (NHI) is to bring hope to people through effective education, sustainable community development and transformational leadership training. Effective education must address all of a person and not just the cognitive area; it must aim to change the way people live and act and not to just give them information and skills. The only hope for people is found in a relationship with Jesus (Luke 4:18 - 19). Since education must be holistic it should lead to sustainable and ongoing community development. If this is done faithfully the vision of Jesus will be accomplished.
Paul teaches people to live lives that are worthy of their calling to be God’s people (Ephesians 4:1-6). NHI is developing an approach to education that is called the Effective Teaching and Learning Series (ETLS), which aims to help teachers and students to do this and become responsive disciples of Jesus Christ who are well educated and effective members of their community. The goal of the ETLS is that Christian teachers will be discipled to embrace a paradigm of education where they learn in a shalom community which is understood as God-fearing (Proverbs 1:7), Christ-centred (Colossians 1:18-20), Spirit-led (Romans 8:14-16) and grounded in the truth revealed in the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The NHI educational mission and strategy is to train educators who will train others. Those trained will be involved in a discipleship process of training other teachers in their schools. This discipleship methodology is similar to the methods of Jesus (Mark 3:14) which were also used so effectively in the early Church (2 Timothy 2:2). Just as the Word became flesh and lived among people (John 1:14) so effective teachers must be disciples of Jesus who live out their teaching and are models for those they teach (1 Corinthians 11:1).
The Methodology of ETLS
The ETLS approach is, at its heart, a matter of discipleship training; the trainees do not become more effective teachers simply by gaining new information. Each of the three series contains ten sessions which should be taught over a term or a semester or even a year or two because trainees need time to grapple with the implementation of classroom practice based on the new learning. Though there is a strong emphasis on instruction in the training seminar, the presenter aims to build the trainees into a learning community where presenter and learner work together under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Each session involves a number of practical exercises where the focus is on the trainees and their practice which will lead to the transformation in their students’ lives. It is important for trainers to provide opportunities for constructive feedback to the trainees during the training process and for trainees to have time and opportunities in their schools for reflective practice with colleagues. In all of the training it is vital that trainers and trainees pray together and learn together.
Long Term Goal
The long-term goal is to appoint an NHI National Coordinator in each country or region where NHI is working. Where necessary the training material will be translated into local language, appropriate to the local context and reflecting knowledge of the indigenous worldview. As far as is logistically possible, the goal is to have all training except International training taking place in the country.