The mission of the Education department is to enable education leaders throughout the region to pursue the church’s educational vision of developing each school’s ability to restore God’s image in its students.
The activities of the department focus on achieving five key goals:
- Ethos – to ensure all schools exhibit an obvious Adventist ethos which includes a strong spiritual tone and a nurturing learning environment
- People – to develop supportive and cooperative relationships amongst all levels of Adventist education and other departments of the church
- Curriculum – to ensure that there is a well-resourced and balanced curriculum that is professionally delivered and meets the students’ learning needs both now and in the future
- Financial Resources – to develop strategies that will adequately fund the strategic direction taken by the department
- System – to develop a high quality system of education that facilitates the church’s educational vision.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates more than 5,800 schools worldwide with a total enrolment of more than 1 million students.
The aim of Adventist education is to create an educational environment that makes it more likely that each student will accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and Friend.
Adventist education is built on the belief that each student is unique and of immeasurable value. It values the importance of systematic development of the whole person. Students are taught to accept the concept of service as a principle of life; to be sensitive to the needs of people; and to become contributing members in their home, church, and society.