Article source: JOY! Magazine

In these volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous times, what is wrong is being declared to be right and what is right is being labelled as being wrong. The need to provide the next generation with biblically based, wholesome education is greater than ever.

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With a rich history dating back to 1983, Accelerated Education Enterprises (AEE) has proven to be a trusted provider of exceptional Christian education solutions. In a world where ideals are perpetually warped, traditional values are perceived as “old fashioned” and education systems are strained, AEE stands steadfast in its commitment to providing excellent Christian education rooted in the infallible Word of God.

40 years of impacting the youth
AEE is celebrating four decades of impacting young lives, inspiring faith, and preparing the next generation for a life of success and Godly purpose. The number 40 is a significant milestone that is referenced repeatedly in the Word of God. From the story of Noah and the ark, the children of Israel in the wilderness, and Jesus being tempted in the desert, the number 40 is a common thread.

Graduating and making their mark
AEE is actively engaged in assisting churches and communities to establish schools on the continent of Africa wherever there is a hunger for authentic Christian education. AEE has navigated the challenges of an evolving educational landscape. Despite these changes, the vision and purpose of AEE remain constant and are at the foundation of all that they do. The AEE footprint extends across Africa and the vision to see an educated Africa where everyone can reach their full potential in Christ is being realised daily. Graduates have excelled academically and gone on to make their mark in their communities and society at large. With the solid foundation of the Word of God, academic expertise, and Godly character, they are equipped to be salt and light in the world.

Reaching the world
AEE remains committed to seeing the world reached for Christ, one child at a time. This could be the year that your community or your church joins a network of over 7500 schools in 140 countries around the world that have experienced the blessing of training up the next generation to carry the message of the Gospel into every sphere of society.

Helping students become independent learners
We all know good education requires a great deal of teaching. However, the most important thing is not a teacher that teaches, but a learner who learns.

Contrary to popular belief, the primary job of a teacher is not to teach but rather to facilitate learning. We could argue that the more a teacher teaches, the less the student learns, or at least, the less capable the student will be of learning. When students are taught, they become comfortable with just being taught. On the other hand, any student who knows how to learn will be able to continue learning all his life, even if nobody is around to teach him.

A head start
Teachers who use the individualised, self-instructional A.C.E. programme automatically have a head start over conventional lesson-based programmes because the system allows a child to work independently. However, the temptation is always there for teachers to revert back to the default position: to spend too much time teaching our children.

A different teaching approach
At AEE, we encourage our teachers not to explain concepts to children when they struggle to understand. Instead, we encourage students to tell teachers what they believe the answer is. Often, they’ll find the problem themselves halfway through the explanation. But if they don’t, we encourage teachers to ask them some probing questions: such as to define the terms, or check their facts, or explain the proof or evidence behind what they’re saying. By encouraging students to solve a problem on their own without asking for help, we are helping them become lifelong learners. In short, we encourage our teachers to act like they are the students and the kids are the teachers. This can be a big adjustment for some, but the results are worth it!

Developing key skills
After a while, children will begin to develop the skills they need to become true self-teachers. More importantly, students who can teach themselves are much more likely to become lifelong learners. They’ll have more confidence to tackle unfamiliar problems and find the answers. By helping students become self-teaching, we are helping them acquire a powerful set of skills that will let them thrive in any work environment.

Let them learn!
Asking the right questions and making our children explain things to us is an extremely powerful and an underappreciated tool! So, next time your children want you to give them the answer, be wise and let them LEARN!

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Date published: 26/03/2024

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