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Rafiki Institute of Classical Education: Slaying Giants

Rafiki Institute of Classical Education: Slaying Giants

The UNICEF Institute of Statistics reports that there is an average of one trained teacher per sixty pupils across sub-Saharan Africa, a shortage which results in under-qualified teachers in classrooms across the region. With such a great need for qualified teachers, the obstacle can feel like staring Goliath in the face.

Still, Rafiki knows that God has the power to slay giants. It is with this confidence that Rafiki began training teachers in 2011 through the Rafiki Institute of Classical Education (RICE) Program. Eight program buildings have now been built—comprised of classrooms, a library, an assembly hall and gymnasium, and Rafiki Institutes of Art and Music. Within these walls, numerous teachers have studied a liberal arts curriculum, practiced teaching methods, and read God’s Word daily.

Every Rafiki teachers' college has a three-year training program that takes students through theology, history, philosophy, literature, science, mathematics, teaching practices, and other rigorous coursework from a biblical perspective. We train tomorrow’s educators to be scholarly thinkers who pass on their knowledge and passion to students. To impact Africa for Christ, students also engage in daily Bible study, prayer, and hymn singing. Through our twenty-two African church partner denominations, we have connections with over ten thousand church schools across Africa in need of qualified teachers. It only takes one qualified, faithful teacher at a time to make a lasting difference. 

Through Rafiki’s teacher-training program, Godly leaders are growing strong in ten countries across Africa. A student named Gift in Malawi recently began his last year in the teacher-training program. He is one of the program leaders, and he has excelled at his student-teaching assignment in the Rafiki School. He says, “It has been my passion to teach from childhood, so I am looking forward to enjoying teaching as my career.” Before coming to the Rafiki teachers' college, Verynice in Tanzania says that she did not know Christ or what He did for her. Having completed the program, she now teaches forty girls the Gospel of John at a boarding school.

Rafiki’s aim is for teachers in the program to emerge as passionate, competent, God-fearing leaders like the biblical David. Imagine what they will accomplish with God on their side.