Four Alliance education leaders pledge to improve their countries’ schools

18 March 2012

As the programme ended with a final week at the national leadership academy at Nottingham University, the four spoke of the way that the  programme would benefit schools in Melanesia, Windward Islands, Ghana and Nigeria.

An evaluation will be undertaken of the programme, to assess how to take it forward. Meanwhile, the four fellows have all committed themselves to implementing some of the invaluable lessons they have learned during the past nine weeks.

Joe Takeli  from Solomon Islands in Melanesia said:

“ I feel very much delayed to sincerely convey my heartfelt and profound gratitude to the Anglican Alliance and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for enabling us to undertake this  wonderful programme.  I must also register my most sincere thanks to the schools, teachers, students, local authorities and many other people who have helped us during the course of our programme.

Personally, I have gained immensely from the programme. First is the obvious learning that takes place which includes a wealth of experience, the change of the personal perspective, the education and the world of skills and knowledge obviously acquired during the course of the programme. On the other hand, I have also undergone personal attitude and behavioural changes which will contribute to my work which I acknowledge and for which I am very grateful. For instance, I have developed personal esteem, and learned to accept and appreciate and accept our diversity.

Finally, I am more than confident that I will make improvements to the church and the nation upon my return home.  My church schools and my nation have been given  tools with which we can together improve our education standard. Change is inevitable, so  let us embrace change positively to allow growth in our communities. “

Ven Rev David Emenike Agbo from Enugu province in Nigeria said:

“There is definitely cause for change to happen in the Anglican diocese of Enugu educational sector because of the wealth of experience and gains of the fellowship scheme hosted by the Anglican Alliance.

One of the gains will be improved learning outcomes in every one of the key stages in our schools in the next two years with a proper programme for teaching training and capacity building on the use of ICT in place for delivery of teaching and learning. The church  will also be more prepared to handle challenges arising from the diverse student population in our schools.

In my own life and career, my experience in the UK has sharpened me for more effective ministry. My level of tolerance has been tremendously enhanced after working with three colleagues from different contexts.  The lesson of humility of people of rank and file in the institutions, departments, offices and palaces is an antidote to my country context where pride has eaten us deep and heightened the level of corruption. My vocation as a priest has been sharpened for more effective ministry and service. “

Jackie Glasgow-Browne from St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean said:

“The benefits for the Church and education service as a result of this fellowship, will be the preparation of  a handbook for the inspection of church schools, including the development and implementation of inspections,  and a framework for the training and evaluation process.  There will be co-ordination of meetings and training services for school governors and managers on their role in relation to developing Christian distinctiveness and ethos in church schools.

I will prepare a policy paper for the operation of the Anglican church schools in the Windward  Islands, with a  school development plan.

On a personal level the professional development  has enabled me to be able to plan a training programme for the development of teachers and headteachers for improving performances, to develop an inspection process, and also provide resources, such as teaching materials and research papers for schools in my country.”

Adam Seidu Dauda  of Tamale in Ghana said:

“The programme has built my capacity to be a good leader and manager, to effect change in the diocesan educational agenda, to impact on teaching and learning outcomes, and make the diocesan schools a model of excellence. It has given me a good understanding of policy issues that give direction to the British education system. I in turn will take the workable ideas and implement them in my diocesan system to effect the desirable change.

Finally the leadership training gave me an understanding of the change process, understanding the concept of diversity making things work positively in this diversity for progress in the church’s educational system. “

Jackie, David and Dauda flew home during the weekend: Joe Takeli remains on for some further school visits with the Melanesian Mission and the Diocese of Chester which has a companion link with the Anglican Church of Melanesia.

In the picture: from left:  Dauda Seidu Adam, Tamale Diocese, Ghana,  Jackie Glasgow-Browne, St Vincent and the Grenadines , Sally Keeble, Anglican Alliance Director, Rev David Agbo, Enugu Province, Nigeria, Joe Takeli, Anglican Church of Melanesia,