The Church has a proud heritage in education. At its very best, education should enable the flourishing of all children and young people as they grow into all that God has created them to be. For centuries the church has been committed to providing opportunities for children and young people often in some of the most deprived communities, often setting up the first schools for the local community. It is on this history that the Church of England continues to build today.
Our extraordinary teachers are there to prepare our children and young people to thrive not only in school, but in local communities and beyond – and we need to support them.
Growing up in Africa, the Archbishop saw first-hand the blessing of the proverb, ‘it takes a whole village to raise a child’. He knows that any further improvements in education cannot rest solely on the academic and the intellectual, but must take into account the impact of community upon those individuals who are part of it. Conversely, it is quite possible for the education of our children and young people to have an impact on community and even upon the nation’s soul and character. Our schools both reflect the society of today and communicating our aspirations for tomorrow. The challenge remains: how can schools help young people engage with their communities in a meaningful way?
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela