About this Project

ACECEN Executive Director Pablo Melendez and ACECEN facilitators met with Walking Together Learning Leaders Tena Siebenga-Valstar and Robert Koole to discuss current projects in Language Arts and Social Studies, their School Improvement Process, and Biblical literacy.

The ACECEN facilitators demonstrated their ongoing development of Christian perspectives in the curriculum for Language and Literature and Social Sciences. This session was a continuation of the 2014 Walking Together project: Strengthening Language Arts and Social Studies. ACECEN’s work in these subjects serves as a model for its work on integrating the Biblical Worldview in their curriculum planning and teaching.

ACECEN staff also shared their initial experiences with the implementation of their School Improvement Process. They presented the progress in working with school principals and engaging in mutual dialogue for implementing the School Improvement Process.  Their feedback and analysis of the completed work is an encouragement for the school communities to continue with the next phases of the School Improvement Process.

This project included focused site visits by the Learning Leaders in schools for dialogue with the principals and teachers about the implementation of the three projects. Our gracious God deserves praise for the passion and perseverance of all those involved in Christian Education in Nicaragua.


Journal - Tena's reflections on the project and Day 1 of the facilitators' training:

"Bob and I spent 2 days visiting schools in Nicaragua and what we heard and observed humbles us as we saw teachers so passionate about Christian education and teaching with limited resources and facilities compared to what we are used to in Canada. Today was our first day working with the facilitators. I was brought to tears (of joy) as I reflected on the work that the facilitators and teachers have done in developing a curriculum unit model. They have spent much time in discussion working with the teachers on a pilot project to develop this model which will serve as a guide for all the teachers in the Nicaraguan Christian school who belong to ACECEN. Tomorrow we will work with them on the teaching of Bible. I say working with them because they are telling us what they have been doing with input they were given previously. We have the privilege of listening, analyzing and posing more questions to encourage them in their pursuit of excellence in education. It really is a joy."

Luz is a teacher Tena and Bob have been blessed to meet.  Read her story!



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