Philosophy of Education
Seventh-day Adventists, within the context of their basic beliefs, acknowledge that –
- God is the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe – animate and inanimate
- God created perfect human beings in His image with power to think, to chose, and to do.
- God is the source of all that is true, good, and beautiful, and has chosen to reveal Himself to humankind
- Humans, by their own choice, rebelled against God and fell into a state of sin that has separated them from God and each other, affecting the entire planet and plunging it into the cosmic conflict between good and evil. In spite of this , the world and human beings still reveal, albeit dimly, the goodness and beauty of their original condition.
- The Godhead met the problem of sin through the plan of redemption. This plan aims to restore human beings to God’s image and the universe back to its original state of perfection, love, and harmony.
- God invites us to choose His plan of restoration and to relate to this world creatively and responsibly until He intervenes in history to bring about the new earth that is promised in His Word.
The Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of education is Christ-centred. Adventists believe that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God’s character and purposes can be understood as revealed in the Bible, in Jesus Christ, and in nature. The distinctive characteristics of Adventist education – derived from the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White – point to the redemptive aim of true education: to restore human beings into the image of their Maker.
Seventh-day Adventists believe that God is infinitely loving, wise, and powerful. He relates to human beings on a personal level, presenting His character as the ultimate norm for human conduct and His grace as the means of restoration.
Adventists recognize, however, that human motives, thinking and behaviour have fallen short of God’s ideal. Education in its broadest sense is a means of restoring human beings to their original relationship with God. Working together homes, schools, and churches cooperate with divine agencies in preparing learners for responsible citizenship in this world and in the world to come.
Adventist education imparts more than academic knowledge. It fosters a balanced development of the whole person – spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially. Its time dimensions span eternity. It seeks to develop a life of faith in God and respect for the dignity of human beings; to build character akin to that of the Creator, to nurture thinkers rather than mere reflectors of others’ thoughts; to promote loving service rather than selfish ambition; to ensure maximum development of each individual’s potential; and to embrace all that is true, good and beautiful.
Aim and Mission
Adventist education prepares students for a useful and joy-filled life, fostering friendship with God, whole-person development, Bible based values, and selfless service in accordance with the Seventh-day Adventist mission to the world.
General Conference Policy Manual (2003), pp. 221-228 (Education- Departmental policies: FE 05, FE 10)