13 May 2008

Planning time for School of Field Journalism

Having gotten our initial 'ducks in a row', this week we have been tackling the details of the curriculum for the School of Field Journalism. We have agreed with the YWAM training center in Muizenberg to host the school on their premises, which is a wonderful opportunity to partner with them, and have agreed on a January 2009 start. We are hoping for 15-20 students who will join the greater student body at YWAM Muizenberg, made up of people attending the Discipleship Training School and the School of Biblical Studies. There sure will be a buzz around the place at that time!

We have been having lively team discussions this week as we seek to build up an overview of the 12 weeks of the lecture phase. We want to have a schedule that reflects the passion we have for our African context, as well as equipping the students with research, writing and media skills so that they can go out into the field and relay the stories they hear about how God is at work around this wonderful continent.

Our team discussions are always spirited affairs; we are a group of strong and opinionated people! It is great to see how we pass through a process of earnest discussion, disagreement and debate (yes, and sometimes digressions too!) and finally arrive at a place of agreement. Invariably our conclusions are way more creative and insightful than if we had taken the easy route of no conflict! We are all committed to the process and ultimately having fun: what could be better?!

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