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.
Aims and areas
INCE is a global network of organizations in the educational sector which aims at high quality education through value based systemic change. It’s our dream to transform the lives of millions of youth worldwide and inspire them to develop themselves, take responsibility and participate in society as accountable citizens. We believe that education is a key factor in real change for the good of individual human beings. To make this dream come true, we have a strong vision for INCE. We focus on five result areas to improve quality education:
QUALITY LEARNING FACILITATORS Learning facilitators are responsible for developing and providing education (including teachers, school management and Teacher Training Institutes). They should be well trained, professionally qualified and motivated
FUTURE PROOF LEARNING CONTENT A curriculum should reflect three different functions in order to be future proof and relevant: learning to know and do, learning to live together and learning to be.
STIMULATING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT A quality school has a safe physical environment, is inclusive, is part of an engaged community, collects data, has a clear vision and missi- on and is in close contact with actors in the educational sector.
COLLABORATIVE ENGAGEMENT Sector wide improvement of quality education consists of strong networks, active commitment, engagement and collaboration with key actors in the educational sector.
REGULATING AND SUPPORTIVE GOVERNMENT POLICY Quality education is regulated and supported by government policies, through an active connection between actors in the educational sector and the government.
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.