Ronald Kalifungwa

There are several schools in Zambia going by the name “Christian school”. The name often implies that they offer a Christian education. But do they?

Christian education means different things to different people. There are those who think it means to pre-fix or suffix prayer and a Bible passage to an otherwise secular curriculum. There are others who think that it is teaching the Bible and nothing but the Bible. I imagine that there could even be some who reckon that in Christian schooling, teachers use spiritual numbers and words. Obviously, these are in the main misguided outlooks, even though they contain some elements of truth.  So what then is Christian education, and do we really need it in Zambia? The best place to begin a discussion of Christian education and through which it can be evaluated is Gen. 1-3, which provides three lenses, namely, creation, fall and redemption.