On January 13, 16 leaders from the Center of Education for Shalom, a group of Christian schools in South Korea, met with senior staff of Christian Schools International to learn more about Christian education in North America. Christian schools in South Korea are about 15 years old and are not recognized by the government. Historically, these schools have operated independently of each other but are now showing interest in working together. “As principals, we have to offer opportunities for collaboration,” commented one of the leaders.
The educators were in North America through the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). Their visits and activities in the Grand Rapids area were organized by Rev. Paul Yu, Europe/Asia regional leader for Christian Reformed World Missions, and Al Persenaire, the CRC’s educational care coordinator.
The trip was a step in the development of a local leadership team that will strengthen and grow Christian education in South Korea. Many of these educators are also participating in CRWM’s Educational Care training program, a learning program that encourages and assists educators and schools with limited resources by giving them an opportunity to develop skills and strategies of education.
Following their visit to CSI, the group visited member schools in Michigan and Ontario. “We need to change our worldview,” said one of the principals. “We want to learn how we can encourage our students to have the mind of Christ so that the philosophy is adopted by the students. We want them not just to have information but to be founded in the Spirit.”
“CSI is looking forward to finding ways to strengthening the relationship with schools in South Korea that share our commitment to a reformed basis and worldview for Christian education,” said Jeff Blamer, vice president of member services.