Article source: Devoted magazine

Cedar International Academy celebrated 30 years on Saturday, 11 May, with a unique celebratory service on Sunday, 12 May. The Saturday celebrations included a unique program presented by Cedar Alumni during the evening services. The milestone event was attended by many far and wide to commemorate 30 years of growth and excellence.

Driven by a passion for knowledge, innovation, and outstanding achievement, Cedar fosters a diverse environment founded on the institution’s mission and vision. The Academy offers educational programs that equip students to excel as Christian educators. Cedar equips its graduates to serve their communities, embodying values of integrity, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

The founders’ aim extended beyond merely producing spiritually inclined teachers; they also aimed to train young individuals as missionary educators to foster rural school development and spread the gospel. This demand for Biblically grounded academic instruction has attracted students from all corners of the globe, including Africa, Asia, America, and Europe, to Cedar. Many graduates have established Bible-based educational institutions in their respective countries, spreading Cedar’s mission and vision far and wide.

Cedar is situated in Kranskop in KwaZulu-Natal on the mission station of KwaSizabantu. It has a colourful history. Recognising the necessity for educators who adhere to Biblical teachings worldwide, combined with a very clear calling from God, the late Rev Erlo Stegen and his wife Kay felt led by God to ‘launch into the deep’ in establishing a place of Biblical training and education. They established Cedar Training College (CTC) in January 1994. At the time, it was an off-campus training facility for teachers affiliated with the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU), formerly the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education.  Eventually, CTC changed its name to Cedar College of Education (CCE). In response to evolving governmental regulations, CCE transitioned to Cedar International Academy NPC (Cedar) and obtained registration as a private higher education institution in 2021.

This year, Cedar celebrates its 30th year in missionary education. Those years have been packed with countless milestones and successes but also with challenges that have tested their resilience and perseverance. The Academy has experienced many highs and a few lows, but they have remained steadfast in their mission through it all. The gift of serving God’s church by spreading the gospel in the classroom environment has been extended to help missionary teachers gain knowledge to apply to their unique environments, inspiring hope and determination in all who are part of the Cedar family.


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Date published: 30/05/2024

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