By Andrew Bugembe
Seminar Explores Faith Integration in Education
In a significant stride towards enhancing its commitment to Christian values in education, Uganda Christian University (UCU) is running a week-long seminar at its main campus. The seminar, led by renowned Christian educationists Caroline and Richard Seed from Theological Education Development Services (TEDS) in South Africa, aimed to explore innovative strategies for integrating faith into learning and service.
Themed “How can a Christian University integrate faith in learning and service,” the seminar served as a platform for UCU’s senior management to delve into the profound connection between academic excellence and spiritual growth.
Nurturing Compassionate Leaders Through Faith Integration
With faith as its guiding principle, UCU endeavours to equip students with the necessary tools to become compassionate and servant-hearted leaders in society.
Miria Agunyo, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Design and Technology, acknowledged the existing efforts in faith integration at UCU while highlighting the need for further enhancement. “Already we have some integration faith in our learning at Uganda Christian University, but we need to enshrine it and have a clear model that can triple beyond the courses that each UCU student is expected to do,” Agunyo emphasized.
Throughout the day-long seminar, Caroline and Richard Seed shared their expertise, inspiring senior management with innovative approaches and practical strategies. Richard, the TEDS facilitator, emphasized the need for exploring different models and encouraging staff to carefully consider the impact of faith integration on their teaching practices and curriculum.
The seminar fostered engaging discussions among attendees, as they explored ways to seamlessly incorporate faith across various disciplines, courses, and extracurricular activities. The aim is to create an educational environment where students can grow intellectually, spiritually, and morally.
Caroline Seed, the TEDS facilitator, highlighted the transformative power of integrating faith in education. “Integrating faith in learning and service is not just a mere concept; it is a transformative force that has the power to shape the hearts, minds, and souls of the students,” Seed expressed. She further emphasized the significance of nurturing compassionate leaders guided by strong moral values and a genuine desire to serve others.
Rev. Canon. Prof. Christopher Byaruhanga, Dean of the Bishop Tucker School of Theology, commended the seminar for providing a remarkable opportunity for senior management to deepen their understanding of faith integration and its profound impact on students’ lives.
Dr. Rosemary Bulyaba, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, underscored the seminar’s role in shaping the next generation by integrating faith and instilling good morals. “By integrating faith into every facet of education, Uganda Christian University staff gets the opportunity to shape the next generation of leaders who will be guided by strong moral values and a genuine desire to serve others,” Bulyaba stated.
A Renewed Commitment
As the seminar concluded, senior management reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the valuable insights gained from the discussions. Uganda Christian University looks ahead to strengthening its position as a Christian institution that nurtures academic excellence while instilling a lifelong commitment to faith and service.
By prioritizing faith integration, UCU aims to develop compassionate leaders who will positively impact their communities and society at large. The university’s holistic approach to education goes beyond academic achievement, fostering students’ overall growth and character development.
As Uganda Christian University continues its steadfast dedication to faith integration in education, it is poised to make a lasting impact on individuals, communities, and the nation as a whole.