Monday, November 7, 2011
Chuck Newman announces: Over the past 14 years, I have probably bored you to tears about the wonderful people I have had the opportunity to work with as we, Schools for the Children of the World, (SCW) helped to plan, design and build schools in many countries around the world.
FINALLY, we have planned an event in Naperville, Illinois where you will be able to meet these extraordinary people and experience the cultures, hors d'oeuvres, wine, and sounds of the countries we work in. You will have an opportunity to meet and talk with people we have worked with for many years from Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and India. You will also get to meet both students and adults that have traveled with us over the years.
Please join us for an unforgettable opportunity to make new friends and learn what SCW is doing to make a difference for children and families all over the world. Join us for :
Saturday evening, November 12, 2011, from 7:00-9:30 PM
$75/person dress is informal
Make Reservations at: http://scw-2011.eventbrite.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Continuing the group work seminar participants work out the steps that are needed to go from the present into the future. Specifically they talked about the structures that would be necessary to for this transformation. Then the tasks were put into a time line showing which could be started with this coming school year and which would need to wait until the Model School is built, or until the materials are more available. They will be asking whether the primary and elementary schools should lead the way so the students can grow into with this visionary education, or whether the secondary schools should lead the way so that they can prepare personnel to move out into the reinvigorated diocesan schools. After the groups completed their reports the information was organized for all to see.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Day 3: Understanding a New Vision of Education through the Story of the Universe and our Model School
A few days ago, Fr. Willie Odo told those who follow this blog a turtle story. It is one of the many turtle stories found among indigenous cultures. After comparing and contrasting these stories, the seminar participants will hear from Chuck Neuman one of the principals in Schools for the Children of the World. They have prepared the architectural drawings for the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka Model School. This campus has two wings: one for teacher training, the other for students with whom to learn. This central teaching / learning site will be linked to all the schools of the diocese, enabling all schools to offer the model school experience to their students. No matter how far the school is from Nsukka, local administrators, teachers and students will have the basic tools to using many different forms of intelligence. The participants worked toward the outlines necessary changes they will need to their school a model school for their students. For more information on the model school read the planning guidelines.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
This transformation will occur by using the Vision 2020 which was prepared by Mbido Olu Igu Akwukwo Katolik: Project Genesis Catholic Education The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools in Partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka that will direct the work of the seminar participants. You will find this outline in the DREAMS section posted last week. This cooperative participation of all facets of the school community, in this week-long seminar will bring this vision out into the open, with the help of our Creative God.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Our questions about Direction have us look at the vision the Catholic educational leaders and teachers see for their schools, and how those visions can be realized. We do this together, not alone. As we move through time in the partnership, we will make adjustments to enable the change we seek. We want our outcomes and values to be realized through the educational process. We want to provide our students with a cutting edge education that gives them hope for their futures and for the future of Nigeria.
In the evolving struggle to face the challenges and to create something new together, we see our destiny unfold. What results can we anticipate over time? How can we insure that the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Nsukka will be vibrant educational centers where students can create their future with the tools needed in a complex and diverse society. Times are not easy, but they are always full of potential. We have but to see and to walk one step at a time in the direction that leads to life. This is what our faith tells us to believe.
Cooperrider believes that the Appreciative Inquiry approach is based on a spirituality of hope and life. John writes, “I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Our deepest hopes and dreams come from a center that rests in the presence of God Who is all in all. Even in the most tragic of happenings or most difficult challenges, we can lift ourselves up and keep on going with an inner dignity that stems from the One who sustains us.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Many people are stakeholders in the Catholic Schools of Nsukka Nigeria. Previous teams spoke with these stakeholders and developed this list of dreams for their schools. One of the present team is working primarily on teacher, principal and parent development through the Seminar they are presenting. Another present team is working on with the local hospital within Nsukka to create partnerships that support the health of the children in an area where many children do not live long enough to go to school.
- Catholic identity
- education in Christian values and moral living
- commitment of bishop
- students have a vision for their future
- students motivated to learn
- dedicated and strong teachers and principals
- capacity and desire to solve our problems
- parents who use the schools support them
- well organized
- solid learning programs
- improve over time
- students contribute to social transformation in Nigeria
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Traits of Nsukka Catholic Schools found in cities and rural areas. These care for highly motivated students from nursery through secondary school. Here are some of their findings.
- The school is accountable to a diocesan education director and office of administration. The Director of Diocesan Education Commission is Rev. Fr. G. U. Dine and the Secretary Diocesan Education Commission is Mr. Lazarus Oga Ugwu. Both administrators have extensive experience in the Nigerian education system.
- National standards and testing guide the educational process. Teachers must follow the standards and “teach to the test” in order for students to pass from grade to grade. Learning is by rote with few books, tools and technology to support the learning process. Tests are provided by the state and are administered by teachers to an entire class. There is little or no individually guided education.
- Although some of the buildings are old (pre-Biafra War), the Catholic schools are relatively “new” because at the close of the war the government took over the schools and education became entirely public in that area of the country. It is only recently, within the last ten years, that Bishop Francis Okobo successfully negotiated with the Nigerian government to resume Catholic education under his authority. Some of the schools we visited are only three years old.
- Each school has capacity or over capacity enrollment. Whether Catholic or not, parents are enrolling their children out of the perception that Catholic schools do a better job of educating. There is no way that we can prove the validity of this perception in our data.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Dr. Desmond Odugu. Carol's focus on educational research makes her a natural team leader. Seminar participants will touch the lives of students in countless classrooms like these.
Who will direct planning for new school building site with local contractor and builders; and connect planning to health initiatives? These team members are Dr. Carol Fendt, Esther Hicks, Chuck Newman, Dr. Desmond Odugu, Kathy Petitti, and Norma Thornton. Esther is the team leader, she has been working in institutional development for several decades. Here, she is pictured with the children who will benefit from team planning through more effective education and health care systems.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
- The strategic plan for the diocesan schools has been completed,
- partnerships have been formed,
- blueprints for the central teacher training complex are being improved, and
- the 2011 delegation brings graduate level teacher training to school teachers and administrators.