On 7 February 2009, a group of at least 35 top-level educators, including founders, principals, and department heads gathered at the PSB Academy for an inspiring time of sharing, fellowship and prayer. EduNet was birthed forth from a vision to impact the future generations through a powerful tool — education. These top leaders in education play a vital role in bringing a top-down transformation to schools.
The atmosphere was abuzz with educators shared their experiences over an appetizing lunch buffet. Passion for their profession shone through as they talked about their vision, challenges and breakthroughs. After lunch, everyone was ushered into a function room for a time of praise and worship.
The Principal of Northview Primary School, Ng Yeow Ling, gave the opening address entitled “Anointed for Education”. In his inspiring speech, he shared the vision and reaffirmed what EduNet was about — a meeting place for top level educators to share ideas and inspire one another to do greater works and impact the next generation.
Following Ng’s opening address, Tan Ye Peng gave a powerful and inspiring talk on the importance and value of education. Tan shared about how as educators, their role was not merely to impart knowledge, but values. By touching the young today and giving them a strong sense of social responsibility and values, these leaders of tomorrow will eventually rise up and create a similar culture nationwide. Hence, the importance of proper education with a focus on character development.
Tan also shared his vision of starting a CARE initiative in schools. CARE forms the acronym for Construct a school, Aid the poor, Reach out to the sick and Educating leaders. The concept is based on transforming every school into a hub where financial, social and educational needs can be met. It was aimed at shifting away from the old concept where schools are only for education, and moving into a broader, more wholesome view of the role of a school.
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The session continued with a time of testimony sharing with several principals and department heads coming forward to share what God had done in their schools through them. Stories of students’ lives impacted, supernatural guidance in projects and changes in the culture of the schools, greatly encouraged everyone present.
The session ended on a high note with everyone feeling encouraged and truly believing God for greater works and change in their schools. Indeed there is power in unity, and EduNet is truly a powerful support group effecting change in education.