Published on July 15th, 2013 | by SMUMN0
Nairobi program alumni now more than 1000 strong
CTIE begins offering M.Ed., forms alumni group
Alumni from Christ the Teacher Institute for Education (CTIE) in Nairobi, Kenya now number more than 1,000. In the past 16 years more than 1,000 have earned Bachelor of Education degrees in Education.
With Saint Mary’s now offering a Master of Education program through CTIE, Brother Paulos Welday Mesmer ’89, M’91, director, hopes to reach even larger numbers of educators, instilling in them the Lasallian charism so greatly needed in Africa today.
Undergraduates, and particularly CTIE alumni, he said, have been asking for the advanced degree option for many years.
“We are talking about 1,000 graduates, and a good number of these people have advanced and earned their master’s and many Ph.Ds as well,” he said, “Our students ask, ‘Why should we go to another school for our master’s? It is not the same.’ They wanted to get an educational experience similar to what they got at the undergraduate level. At CTIE they were challenged and they learned a lot. To say that they were transformed is not out of context.”
A positive sign of their rigorous education, Brother Paulos said, is that graduates of the bachelor’s program have been very successful in and well prepared for their graduate studies.
Additionally, he said there is a great desire by religious congregations that run schools, teachers, and school administrators in the area to see CTIE offer a master of education program.
“In the past, a good number of high schools were affected by riots,” Brother Paulos said. “Why is this happening? Our schools are run mainly by people who are skilled in administration, but the leadership piece is missing. They are prepared to manage problems but not ‘to touch hearts and teach minds.’ It is not just about education; we need to love and understand and be like a father and mother to these students.
“We need to connect with students in the Lasallian aspect, and we need a program to transform these educational leaders. These students need to experience the transformational education we provide, a practical education that address the needs of a society.”
CTIE also formed an alumni group this past summer. “Our grads are very excited about it,” he said. The first general assembly of alumni planned for this coming summer, coinciding with the university’s yearlong Centennial celebration. Saint Mary’s is proud to officially recognize and welcome this new group of alumni.
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Since its inception in 1992, the mission of CTIE has always been touching hearts and teaching minds. Graduates of CTIE are transforming society as educators and school principals in many parts of the world.
Brother Paulos writes, “Education is the key for instilling ethical and moral values into the lives of students; it is the most important means for economic growth and societal transformation; and it is an invaluable medium to build a society that is free from corruption, dictatorship, war, ethnicity, and racism. An educated society is aware of its rights and thus cannot be easily manipulated. It cannot be emphasized more that a holistic and transformative education system offers the answer to many of the social ills that afflict the continent of Africa today.”
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Feature photo caption: Brother William is pictured above with 2011 graduates from Christ the Teacher Institute for Education at Saint Mary’s Nairobi campus.