| Fresh solution to an old challenge|
What happens when a mission loses the school that was educating its children?
SIM Pakistan’s international team represents nine different countries, and includes five families — with five more expected in the next two years. Most of the children are currently preschool or primary age.
While SIM provides education for Pakistani youth through its Allied Model School, this isn’t an option for overseas missionary children, who need an education that will allow them to flourish when they return to their home countries.
SIM has always focused on those far removed from knowing the love of God in Jesus Christ – and the interior of Pakistan is such a place. Only a handful of mission organisations serve the interior Pakistani cities and towns.
And with the recent closure of the country’s international Christian school, SIM Pakistan’s director says some mission partners are considering moving their families home if no solutions can be found. “SIM Pakistan’s deputy director and his family are moving … That is a huge loss to us.”
it’s taken a creative new idea to fill the gap and help families with young children to stay working in this country. This will pioneer a system of an educational hub, using a combination of online and face-to-face instruction.
Because SIM families are spread across several locations, students would gather at the hub for one week out of four, with the other three weeks spent learning back at home, boosted by online tuition and visits by a mobile tutor who would travel to the different families to provide support and encouragement. Right now, we are urgently recruiting teachers.
Children of parents belonging to other missionary organisations in Pakistan could also participate.
The hub will have a classroom, a well-stocked library and outdoor space for play and learning, with accommodation for teachers and families onsite or nearby. The curriculum is being developed by a small board in conjunction with the lead teacher and families. Teaching will be in English, although students from Korea, Ethiopia and Brazil will also need some instruction in Korean, Amharic and Portuguese. All students will benefit from specialised input related to the history and culture of their passport countries. SIM Pakistan is establishing partnerships to help facilitate these areas.
Could you be part of this exciting new direction? We are now looking for two teachers: an education coordinator and a teacher-tutor, ready to start by September 2021.
If you are a committed Christian with relevant educational qualifications – for example a degree in education or postgraduate training as well as classroom experience – with a heart to serve mission partners in Pakistan, talk to us now! Email email@example.com.
• An education coordinator and teacher-tutor to respond to God’s call to guide missionarys’ children in Pakistan as they grow and learn.
• Christian workers in Pakistan’s interior to keep sharing the gospel with love and boldness.
• The children as they adjust to the changes in schooling.