Religion Curriculum for India
As part of a 30 month study of the India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC) schools, Education Consultants Beth and Dave Hoeppner have developed a new religion curriculum for primary through high school grades. On September 3 they began to introduce and distribute it in Ambur at the IELC Teacher Training Institute in the first of their three synods (districts). 244 teachers from the 27 schools in the synod attended the morning sessions, which also served as a festive get-together for the teachers.
This is the first new religion curriculum for decades in the IELC and it was received with much excitement and many thanks. Its Lutheran perspective was especially appreciated. It has been translated into both the Tamil and Malayalam languages. Dave and Beth prepared boxes of materials to go along with the curriculum, including Arch books, sets of posters, puppets and other visuals for storytelling. In addition the curriculum contains lots of ideas for covering the material in a variety of activities and teaching techniques which were also introduced in the sessions.
Beth and Dave will hold similar sessions in Nagercoil and Trivandrum Synods in the weeks to come. In all over 80 schools will receive them.
We at World Mission and ALEA join those in the IELC who thank God, the Hoeppners and those who helped them for this fine project and pray that it will enhance the gospel outreach of the IELC schools and the thousands of students, Christian and non-Christian alike, who attend them every year.