In 2014 the organizations Woord en Daad and Driestar Christian University for Teacher Training shared their ambitions on the start of a global network for education. The organizations wanted to create a network that would consist of at least 10 countries. Partners in these countries would mutually work together on the quality of Christian education both globally and nationwide.
INCE Aims and areas
The aim of INCE is to structurally improve the quality of Christian Education benefitting children and youngsters by sharing the knowledge, experience and identity of Driestar University and Woord en Daad and other network members within this network through the establishment of:
- Christian education and teacher training institutes (primary- and secondary education).
- School advisory service and leadership consultancy.
- Policy influencing on different topics related to quality of education.
- Quality and accreditation systems.
INCE Reasons for building the network
Worldwide more and more children go to school. That is a positive result of e.g. changed policies, more investments in education and for example the hard work of partner organizations worldwide.
However, in many countries the quality of education is still very poor. Infrastructure has not grown in a parallel way and teachers are often not equipped and motivated sufficiently. Besides, they do not receive enough support from the (local) government to improve the quality of education.
Whole sector approach
Different evaluations of the education programs have shown that individual training of teachers contributes insufficiently to the improvement of the quality of education in developing countries. We aspire to improve the quality of education from the bottom up so that children have more opportunities for their future. We would like to do this by establishing, in a structured way, good and qualified teachers training institutes. They should not function in isolation, but should be supported by the entire education sector.
Therefore, a more integrated approach is needed to reach the desired and sustainable goals. It should connect teacher training with educational support services and policy influencing activities. And it should connect different countries worldwide to improve the quality of education for all children.
Where does INCE stand in 2020?
- A global network will have been established between at least 10 Christian Teacher Training institutes in at least three continents.
- Each teacher training is embedded in the education sector of its own region.
- The teacher trainings are closely related to the primary and secondary schools in its own region and area.
- Educational Support Services are connected to the teacher trainings and the schools. This entity provides services that improve the quality at schools and teacher trainings, and advocates with the government on relevant issues.
- An accreditation system has been developed for teacher trainings and the Educational advice services to ensure the quality.