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TRANSFORMING PHILOSOPHICAL FACTS AND
FOUNDATIONS
Professor Chiemela N Ikonne, PhD
Education Director
West-Central Africa Division
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Email: chiemelaikonne@yahoo.com
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MISSION OF ADVENTIST CHURCH
 The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
is to make disciples of all people, communicating
the everlasting gospel in the context of the three
angels' messages of Revelation 14:6-12, leading
them to accept Jesus as personal Savior and unite
with His remnant Church, discipling them to
serve Him as Lord and preparing them for His
soon return.
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MISSION OF ADVENTIST CHURCH
 Our Methodology
 We pursue this mission under the guidance and
through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit
through:
 1. Preaching. Accepting Christ's commission
(Matthew 28:18-20), we proclaim to all the world, in
these last days, the everlasting gospel of God's love,
most fully revealed in His Son's life, ministry,
atoning death, resurrection and high priestly
ministry. Recognizing the Bible to be God's infallible
revelation of His will, we present its full message,
including the second advent of Christ and the
continuing authority of His Ten Commandment law
with its reminder of the Seventh-day Sabbath.
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MISSION OF ADVENTIST CHURCH
 2. Teaching. Acknowledging that development of
mind and character is essential to God's
redemptive plan, we promote the growth of a
mature understanding of and relationship to
God, His Word and the created universe.
 3. Healing. Affirming the Biblical principles of the
wellbeing of the whole person, we make the
preservation of health and healing of the sick a
priority and through our ministry to the poor and
oppressed, cooperate with the Creator in His
compassionate work of restoration.
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MISSION OF ADVENTIST CHURCH
 4. Discipling. Affirming the continued spiritual
growth and development of all members, we
nurture the newly converted, instruct them in
righteous living, train them for effective witness
and encourage their responsive obedience to
God's will.
 This statement was voted by the General
Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Executive
Committee at the Annual Council Session in Silver
Spring, Maryland on October 13, 2009.
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WHY ADVENTIST EDUCATION?
 Pr 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he
should go: and when he is old, he will not
depart from it.”
 Mt 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make
disciples of all the nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, "teaching them to
observe all things that I have commanded
you; and lo, I am with you always, even to
the end of the age." Amen.
 “To Redeem and Restore”
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OBJECTIVES
 By the end of this presentation, the
informed, affirmed and transformed
participant should be able to:
 1. Convincingly explain why education is
the key to the mental, physical, social, and
moral/spiritual development that leads to
societal development and advancement.
 2. Develop a visible growing passion in
practicing and promoting values that foster
societal development and advancement.
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VBE: PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION (T/F)
 1. Education is the key to mental, physical,
social, and moral development which lead
to societal development and advancement.
 2. He who controls education controls the
mind.
 3. Knowledge is not wisdom; true
education is!
 4. Academic knowledge without moral
discipline leads to societal decay and
destruction.
 5. Moral decline leads to academic decline.
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VBE: PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION (T/F)
 6. Academic knowledge without moral
discipline is the worst case of child abuse.
 7. Educators are the primary agents of
societal formation, change, and
transformation—treating sickness or
symptoms (TSS)?
 8. Each lesson topic has some moral/ethical
application.
 9. Disciplined educators produce disciplined
graduates.
 10. Moral empowerment is the foundation of
an effective youth empowerment programme
(TSS).
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VBE: PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION (T/F)
 11. Moral values don’t coexist with
corruption and crime.
 12. The strength of any community lies on
the strength of its moral values.
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VBE: APPLICATION
 1. Curriculum specialists will determine
appropriate general objectives for cognitive
(knowledge), affective (attitude, behaviour,
and character(ABC), and psychomotor
(skills) learning that will guide the
development of each subject or course
taught in school.
 2. For each lesson topic, curriculum
specialists/teachers should state specific
objectives for knowledge, attitudes, and
skills learning and development.
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VBE: APPLICATION
 3. The teacher makes intentional,
purposeful plan and effort to support
pupils/students in learning and developing
social and moral skills just as he does for
the mental and physical.
 4. The teacher teaches, measures, and
evaluates according to stated objectives for
each lesson topic.
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VBE: EXPECTED EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES
 Graduates who passionately live by and
promote values that foster societal
development and advancement such as:
 Honesty and trustworthiness
 Transparency and accountability
 Diligence and expertise
 Respectfulness and humility
 Commitment and dedication
 Justice and fairness
 Punctuality and promptness
 Patience and gentleness
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VBE: EXPECTED EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES
 Graduates who passionately live by and
promote values that foster societal
development and advancement such as:
 Concern, care, and selfless service
 Courtesy and politeness
 Sensitiveness and activeness
 Patriotism and loyalty
 Kindness and forgiveness
 Tolerance and acceptance
 Peace and unity even in diversity
 Friendliness and courage
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VBE: EXPECTED SOCIETAL OUTCOMES
 A society that is:
 Orderly
 Disciplined
 United
 Peaceful
 Steadily, strongly developing
 Growing, and
 Advancing
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VBE: EXPECTED SOCIETAL OUTCOMES
Key:
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1. Teachers input VBE
in school
2. School/students
3. Exponential input of
values that foster
development, growth
and advancement by
students
into the society
4. Society
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