ECWA Education Department is one of the departments in ECWA. It was initially established, under SIM, to literally help converts gain the ability to read and teach the word of God. The goal and purpose of education in those early days, was to help converts to Christianity to attain the knowledge of gospel of Christ. The propagation of the gospel of Christ and the strengthening of Christianity in Africa guided the development of the philosophy, policy, activities and programs of missionary Christian education.
With time, the understanding of education has broadened to include helping the learner acquire knowledge about God (and how to glorify him by life and word), his world and how it functions, and develop requisite skills for living productively for the benefit of one’s life, one’s world, and the advancement of the kingdom of God and for his glory.
Within this framework, therefore, ECWA Education Department is saddled with the responsibility of managing, supervising, inspecting and ensuring moral education and development, spiritual nurture and formation, academic and professional training of those who enrol in ECWA educational institutions. The department functions to establish, uphold, and enforce regulations and standards for ensuring the provision and sustenance of qualitative education the development of the much needed God-fearing manpower for the church and kingdom work as well as for the society and national development.
Units of the Department
Brief History of the Department
The history of ECWA Education Department cannot be complete without mentioning the educational endeavour of SIM (Serving In Mission).
ECWA Education had its root in SIM Mission activities in Nigeria since the late 1800s. According to Rev. Prof. Yusufu Turaki, “Education was the most powerful tool and means of evangelization and church planting in the mission field” (Theory and Practice of Christian Mission in Africa: A century of S1M/ECWA History and Legacy in Nigeria, 199.)
Before the advent of mission education, most sub-Saharan peoples of Africa were illiterates. “The establishment of mission education,” writes Turaki (P.399), “was a necessary means of eradicating illiteracy.” The early education before the 1930s took place in mission stations and outstations. During the pioneering years, literacy was primary and was then followed by the training of Sunday School teachers, Catechists, Evangelists, and pastors.
The ECWA Education Department has gone through some administrative and policy reorganization over the years. Turaki reveals that the SIM created an Education Department in 1946. Before the creation of the department, administration of education was left mainly in the hands of District Superintendents (DS) and individual missionaries who were interested in education.
The major task of Education Department then was supervision. Miss Wilkins was asked to be responsible to ensure that Districts complied with colonial educational policies. Supervisors, were the first staff of the Education Department. Personnel matters, especially those of African teachers led to the creation of African administrators at the Headquarters. Those in charge of the affairs of education then were called Education Secretaries.
In the late 1950s SIM developed a process of handing over her schools to ECWA. By the late 1970s ECWA started to re-build primary and secondary schools which in turn led to the introduction of new Education Department by ECWA. This development led to the reviving of the old Education Department and it became fully established in 1987. The new education program was, at its inception merged with the Theological Education Department and later a new unit known as General Education was introduced.
Leadership of Education Department under SIM
- Miss Wilkins
- Howard Dondell
- James Krakaavik
- C.K. Frame
- Ken Kastner
- Jack Teachout
- Jim Plueddemann
ECWA Education Directors
- Iliya Ari 1985 – 1995
- Dr. Yusufu Turaki 1995 – 1998
- Dr. C. A. Olowola 1998 – 2000
- Bello Misal 2000 – 2002
- Lambe Bawa 2002 – 2006
- Dr. Peter D. Korosi 2006 – 2008
- Prof. Yohanna Byo 2009 – 2010
- Dr. Jeremiah Gado 2010 – 2012
- Moses T. Babaleke 2012 – 2013
- Dr. Ayuba Bako 2014 – 2018
- Prof. Cephas A. Tushima 2018 –
Our Core Values
- Our Core Values
- Divine revealed truth – our guiding principles
- Team Work – working together towards a common goal
- Accountability – holding each other responsible
- Commitment – “do it as unto the Lord”
- Mutual care – being our brothers keeper
- Prayer – the means God ordained for getting things done.
- Enabling environment – conducive atmosphere for work
- Being visionary – maintain the vision
- Innovation – Creativity and change
- Due Process – decency and orderliness
- Effective Communication – disseminating information appropriately.
- Mentoring – grooming for service
ECWA Education Department is an arm of ECWA that coordinates wholistic education.
Our Vision Statement
ECWA Education Department envisions itself as a resource base for holistic education for the transformation of the church and society.
Our Mission Statement
ECWA Education Department seeks to glorify God by coordinating schools, through curriculum development, monitoring and supervision, approval of the establishment of schools, capacity building training and consultancy services for excellence, and establishment and enforcement of educational quality assurance best practices.
Management Team are:
- Education Director – Chairman
- Theological Education Secretary – Member
- General Education Secretary – Member
- Accountant – Member
- Auditor – Member