You only need to walk down the hallways at Surrey Christian School to know that we experiencing global realities ever more clearly. The families represented in our schools have their roots in all parts of the world. This new reality has also sharpened our calling to be neighbors in the global village. We are committed to engaging our students with the deep needs of the world, the riches of its many cultures and languages and particularly our own calling to be generous with our wealth and the gift of Christian education. Over the years, SCS has established several school-to-school partnerships that encourage this generous giving and mutual learning.
For example, we have had a partnership with Juan Calvino Christian School in Honduras for many years where we provide scholarships to students to attend this school. Similarly, in 2004 we began a relationship with a Christian community in Kabala, Sierra Leone, and built and now partner to assist with the operation of this school with sponsorship funds from North America. We also have partnerships with schools in Brazil, Guatemala, South Africa, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, and northern BC.
We want to be a learning community that teaches by doing and experiencing. As such, one aspect of these partnerships involves visitation. We know the transformation that happens when our students have the privilege of living with families who are among the very poorest in the world. These students most often come back from these trips with a renewed sense of their future life directions in career and work.
Global Partners in Christian Education, though linked to Surrey Christian School in its goals and mandate, has a separate Board, constitution and bylaws and has its own charitable tax status. A ‘daughter’ organization of Surrey Christian School, GPCE was started in 2010 with the purpose of overseeing SCS’s global school – to – school partnerships, of which there are a growing number. Although the history and nature of these relationships are different, they all serve to advance the cause of Christian Education globally while allowing us as a school discover what God is doing in the world. GPCE ‘s board of directors are approved by GPCE’s membership, the SCS school board. The board currently consists of Judith Carcamo, Joanne Ironside, Tim Antonides, Janet VanderHeiden, Alice Wemae, and Joe Melissen (chair). The director is Dennis deGroot.
For a more complete narrative history of GPCE, please click here.
For reasons why we think Global Partnerships are important to SCS, click here.
To read more about SCS’ Intercultural Learning Trips, please click here.