|Campaign planned for Global Education Fund|
With the help of a translator, Kalamba Ka-Banze Monga (left) asks a
question during the spring meeting of the United Methodist Board of
Higher Education and Ministry. A UMNS photo by Linda Green.
By Vicki Brown*
March 27, 2007 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)
A marketing and fundraising campaign kicks off this year for a global
fund to help Methodist schools around the world develop stronger and
more effective leaders.
drive includes a goal of raising $1.5 million in 2007 and putting
structures in place in Africa and Latin America for the Methodist Global
Education Fund for Leadership Development, an initiative of the United
Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Planned as a four-year, $4 million program, the fund will underwrite
the costs of technical assistance, improving and strengthening schools,
on-site mentoring for professional development and scholarship support
for leadership development.
There are 775 Methodist educational institutions in 69 countries,
including 110 United Methodist-related academic institutions and 13
United Methodist seminaries in the United States.
The global fund was launched as an unfunded mandate by the 2004
General Conference, the denomination’s top legislative body. For 2007,
the board budgeted $300,000 for structuring, marketing, fundraising and
programming for the initiative. Plans include a direct mailing to church
leaders, advertising, a Web site and articles aimed at increasing
Global education initiatives
The governing members of the United Methodist Board of Higher
Education were briefed about the campaign during the board’s March 8-10
Ken Yamada, special assistant to agency chief the Rev. Jerome King
Del Pino, said the fund joins Africa University, the International
Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities and other
global education initiatives in breaking new ground to prepare leaders
for the church and the world.
"Africa University is ready to move up to the second phase to expand
into west, central and east Africa. Africa University was always
designed to serve all the people of Africa," Yamada said.
As the first step, Africa University is providing technical assistance
for the Mozambique Distance Learning project, expected to be fully
operational this June. The project is a joint effort of the board, the
Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil, Africa University and the
Mozambique Annual Conference.
"We hope to create a model in Mozambique for the rest of Africa," Yamada said.
Board member Kalamba Ka-Banze Monga, who is academic general
secretary of higher education of the North Katanga Conference in the
Congo, questioned why the project was being done in Mozambique rather
than the Congo. Zimbabwe and the Congo originally were considered as
sites for Africa University but, due to the unstable conditions in Congo
at the time, Zimbabwe was chosen.
Now that Congo is stable and ready to receive higher education
offerings from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry and Africa
University, Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda, resident bishop of the North
Kantanga Area, has invited officials from both entities to visit Congo
in April to assess how to move forward there.
Developing Christian leaders
The Global Education Fund is part of the board’s global focus that includes developing Christian leaders around the world.
The fund will cover the costs of providing technical assistance to
Methodist-affiliated schools, colleges, universities and theological
schools working to design leadership development programs to address
local needs for clergy or lay leaders. Each of five regions – Africa,
Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States – will raise or pool
money and disburse the funds to approved sites and programs.
Through the Methodist Scholars program of the fund, an institution
can request that an outstanding Methodist leader be placed at the
institution for six to 24 months to serve as a faculty member, chaplain
or administrative leader. The fund also includes scholarship assistance.
To contribute to the fund, write in the check memo line "Methodist
Global Education Fund for Leadership Development, World Services Special
Gift Number 05-06-04" and give to a United Methodist church treasurer
or mail directly to the General Council on Finance & Administration,
The United Methodist Church, 1 Music Circle North, PO Box 340029,
Nashville, TN 37203-0029.
For more information, contact Ken Yamada at 615-340-7398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Brown is an associate editor and writer in the Office of Interpretation, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
News media contact: Linda Green, Nashville, Tenn. (615) 742-5470 or email@example.com.
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