Professor Designs Curriculum for African Schools

by Kaitlyn Coughlin, Public Relations Writer

Professor of education Timothy Heaton, Ph.D., is working with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) to create a curriculum for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Clergy in the Congo approached ACSI three years ago to ask for the organization’s help in creating a training program for teachers. They wanted a program that would show teachers how to integrate biblical principles in courses to encourage students to integrate the material in their lives. ACSI then approached Heaton to assist in the project.

Heaton is working with African ACSI officials as well as Deborah MacCullough, Ph.D., dean of education at Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University), and Brad Oliver, Ph.D., dean of education at Indiana Wesleyan University, to create a template for training teachers on how to teach biblically in their schools. The hope is that this program will be used in the Congo as well as in other African nations such as Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

“This opportunity is an important one, because it means if our efforts are successful, we not only change a teacher or a school or a nation, but an entire continent,” Heaton said.

Heaton has worked with ACSI for the past 30 years by participating in teacher in-services, conventions and writing articles for its publications. Cedarville University is also a member of ACSI and has a long-standing relationship with the organization.

Heaton said that this project is significant for African churches and schools and ultimately the leadership of each country.

“It is my hope that Cedarville will be able to provide ongoing education to African nations with our undergraduate and graduate programs in education and perhaps other fields including business, nursing and engineering,” Heaton said. 

Heaton will present several workshops along with William Brown, Ph.D., president of the University, at the International Christian Educator Conference (ICEC) in Thailand Nov. 21-24, 2012. The conference will answer the question “How can teachers communicate the exclusivity of Christ in the complex, multi-cultural, and in some cases, multi-faith context that we live and work in, namely the international Christian school, and do so in love?”

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