Empowering the Teachable Spirit

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Empowering the Teachable Spirit

What if you could inspire teachers by empowering the teachable spirit so that they could teach their students to be empowered? What impact on the world would you have by influencing the teachers who work in the classrooms of schools like Ingrid Education Centre? How would this affect the lives of the children caught in poverty such as those in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya? What is the vision that Douglas Monene has instilled in the instructors of Ingrid? How is it similar to the vision of the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies?

Participants in the professional development workshop I conducted in February 2013.

Participants from Ingrid Education Centre in the professional development workshop I conducted in February 2013.

Creating this website, services, and other products is a result of my desire to clarify and interpret God’s Word to those who are eager to find success in completing the mission God put them on this earth to fulfill. I want to help individuals see themselves in the light of scripture and show them how to use the Word of God to become self-sufficient by providing them a framework of reference to overcome obstacles they encounter in their environment, which can be easily duplicated, advancing their life purpose exponentially.

Standing with the staff of Ingrid Education Centre, October 2012.

Standing with the staff of Ingrid Education Centre, October 2012.

Often those with a teachable spirit have a sense of inadequacy, humility, and feel completely overwhelmed by the task of instructing students. They do not realize that these very qualities are what make them the perfect instructors in the classrooms of schools like Ingrid. Ten teachers make up the staff of Ingrid that influence 200 children every day. Providing ongoing support for the continued professional development of this small staff will have a profound impact on the children of the Kayole/Matopeni slums of Nairobi. Douglas Monene, Founder of Ingrid Education Centre, has instilled the following vision in the instructors of the school:

Ingrid Education Centre desires to provide the necessary love and care for children like this one, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

Ingrid Education Centre desires to provide the necessary love and care for children like this one, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

Our vision is to build a society where needy and vulnerable children are given the necessary love and care essential for growth. We aim to promote the social integration of orphaned and needy children in Kayole/Matopeni who are in urgent need of love and care.

The Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya.

The Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya.

This concept is similar to the vision of the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies (KSLPS) located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in the Kimana Rift Valley. Dr. Warren Bruhl, Director of Dreamweaver International, comments:

Students who attend the college (KSLPS) are featured as the hope for tomorrow’s Kenya. They are recognized as the leaders who will understand the methods, opportunities, and necessary skills to transform Kenya. Diversity is celebrated and enhances the quality of the educational experience. Lasting bonds of teamwork and collegiality are instilled between fellow students and professors. Responsible behavior and acting with a conduct of high moral standard are tenets students learn and practice on their path to success.

One of the classrooms of Ingrid Education Centre eager to learn, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

One of the classrooms of Ingrid Education Centre eager to learn, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

In summary, Ingrid and KSLPS desire to achieve the following:

  • create opportunity for the under served and under resourced population of Kenya
  • maintain a high standard of academic excellence
  • provide education at affordable rates
  • maintain small class sizes for an optimal educational experience
  • implement lasting change and growth

The old expression…

“Give a child a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a child to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” –Chinese Proverb

…fits the model of education that Ingrid and KSLPS are endeavoring to aspire to for their students. In education, I like to call it, “cultivating autonomy by inspiring a collaborative learning environment.” In other words, these schools are responding to the needs of the students and providing education tailored to the demands of the environment in which the students will live and work. Empowering the teachable spirit requires cultivating the grateful, open, willing, and committed attitude inherent in the students and teachers of these facilities for the betterment of Kenya.

Love this smile from one of the students of Ingrid Education Centre, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

Love this smile from one of the students of Ingrid Education Centre, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

Today is the day to sponsor one of the children of Ingrid Education Centre and encourage the development of the teachable spirit by contacting Douglas Monene via email: douglasmonene@gmail.com. Contact Dr. Warren Bruhl for more information regarding the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or through other members of  the Board of Dreamweaver International.

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