Message from the Dean

The School of Education, Arts and Social Science aims at making education be meaningful to those who pass through our School. We offer education through four departments, Education, Counselling Psychology, Development Studies and Language, Linguistics and Translation. These departments are staffed with competent faculty and adjunct faculty.

Being a Christian University, we fully adhere to the values espoused by the university which are:

  • Excellence (academically) with relevance – a solutions approach to learning
  • Faith with integrity – a discipleship and missional approach to theology and spirituality
  • Leadership with servanthood and stewardship – leadership that combines deep personal humility and humanity with an unwavering commitment to do the will of God at all cost
  • Innovation with Community – not ministry or marketplace “soloists” but team-oriented leaders who seek creative and biblical solutions for the common good in their respective areas and callings

We therefore borrow from the great educationist Paulo Freire who gives six principles that underpin wholistic education approach.

1

The aim of education is radical transformation

‘Radical’ means going to the roots. The cause of much of the unnecessary suffering in the modern world lies deep in the values which influence modern industrial ‘civilization’. This ‘civilization’ now influences most of the rest of the world. These dominant ‘values’ (or vices) include greed and control for material possessions and power over people and things.
To transform the society, we need to tap into much deeper values of co-operation, justice and ‘concern for the common good’. The Bible challenges us to live according to these values, which are essential aspects of love. Therefore, we at SEAS promote transformative education aimed at changing a person’s attitude.

2

Relevance

Everybody thinks the education they provide is relevant, but who decides what is relevant to a particular community? Many have stressed that the community themselves must choose the issues which are central in their education and development programs. All our curricula have gone through stakeholder engagement both in its creation and approval process. All our courses are therefore relevant and prepare our students to fit in spaces they placed in.

3

Dialogue

Dialogue is crucial in every aspect of participatory learning, and in the whole process of transformation. The challenge to build a just society, based on equality, is very complex. We have learnt to believe that there are experts who have all the knowledge we need to know. For years traditional education has been seen as a process of passing on information, from one ‘person who knows’ (the teacher) to others ‘who do not know’ (the pupils). This process has been referred to as ‘banking’ education, as the teacher makes regular deposits in the empty mind of the pupil and withdraws at examination time.

There is a new awareness now, that on all the major problems that face the modern world, no experts have all the answers. Each may have valuable information to contribute, but we need dialogue to draw in the insights of all who are concerned as we search for solutions. Local participation is crucial for effective development.
For this reason, we encourage dialogue in our school. We hold school dialogue forum, academic advising, department meetings – all these involving faculty and students. We ensure that all concerns from faculty and students are taken into consideration in the administration and running of the school.

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Problem posing

As faculty we communicate with students in a way that challenges them to bring out their best. Our exams which are moderated ensure that the students are given examination that challenges them to generate responses at evaluatory and application levels. Responses that make students draw from experiences and not from rote learning.

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Reflection and action

We have left our doors open for feedback. In addition, every end of the semester, our students are given an opportunity to evaluate the semester. The outcome helps in ensuring that all decisions made and all actions undertaken are in sync with emerging times

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No education is neutral

No teacher is ever fully objective. We are all conditioned by our life experiences, and it is important that we look critically at how these have affected our values and our judgements. For this reason, we ensure that our focus is biblical based. Our students take common courses included bible-based ones. This helps them evaluate themselves in terms of their relations with their God. This ensures that the curriculum is God-centered and not man-centered.

We welcome prospective students to undertake Diploma, undergraduate and graduate programs with us