SIM Niger’s Department of Christian Education seeks to train and encourage West African men and women in the endeavour of educating children to be servants of God using educational principles firmly rooted in a Christian world view.
Public sector general education in Niger has faced many struggles in recent years. In response to funding shortages and rapidly growing demand, the government have frequently encouraged private education in recent years. SIM Niger seeks to encourage and enable her partner churches in their goal of obtaining quality education for their children, as well as impacting the nation at large.
SIM has a long history of involvement with education in Niger, but the current phase began in 2004 by offering intensive summer training courses for teachers. SIM Niger then added a French Christian Kindergarten/first grade curriculum which was adapted specifically for West Africa.
We see the next steps as being:
– offering continuing education courses that provide excellent materials, encouragement and a venue for professional development
– visiting teachers in their classrooms where we can model new ideas as well as invest in their students
– encourage those national believers spearheading the Christian school movement by offering our expertise and resources to their training sessions
– mentoring individual teachers
– working with children and parents through weekly clubs to model these pedagogical principles and continue to invest personally in the children of Niger