A Teacher at Msuzi Basic School

Mrs. Jane Chanda, head teacher (principal) at Msuzi Primary School introduced CCAP staff to  Elizabeth Kumwenda, grade 5 teacher. According to Mrs. Chanda, Elizabeth is a role model at Msuzi Basic School and to the society at large. She encourages pupils to be Earth Keepers, and Beauty Creators. Elizabeth is one of the teachers working hard to implement Teaching for Transformation.

Elizabeth Kumwenda is a certified primary school teacher, married and blessed with three children.  In addition to these, she and her husband provide a safe, loving home for 6 additional children from their extended family.

In her career as teacher, Elizabeth has taught in both government and Christian schools.  In her journey to becoming a teacher, Elizabeth struggled through what kind of teacher she should be – especially since the financial return varies greatly, depending on course and career selection.  As she has matured, this struggle changed to focus instead on how she can become a blessing to her family, to the students she teaches, and the community she lives in.

It has been a challenge for Elizabeth to learn to integrate Biblical worldview into her teaching.  Although she has a Christian background, it has been difficult to adjust to this kind of teaching. However, with the help of Boniface, as well as Walking Together Learning Leaders (through the Teaching for Transformation workshop), Teaching for Transformation has become one of the best activities she has enjoyed at Msuzi Primary School.

“This program has greatly transformed my whole life and I thank God for bringing me to this school. It has helped me to handle students with different backgrounds and different behaviours. From my teaching, pupils also view God’s love positively and they have been trained as community builders as well as God worshipers.”

“Teaching in a Christian way is responding to God’s calling to be co-workers in God’s kingdom. This component in Zambian curriculum is transforming and will continue to transform both teachers’ and pupils’ characters from worldly to Godly. How I wish this program could be even extended to other schools country-wide apart from Christian schools only. Universities/Institutions should just adopt this component and integrate it in their school curriculum/program so that new teachers will have this knowledge and become Christ’s ambassadors in schools and communities.”

Please pray for Elizabeth and other teachers like her as they seek to guide their students, school communities, and families into transformation!



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