Education for Liberation (E4L) aims to meet two urgent needs faced by families in the slums of New Delhi: the recognised need for education and the unrecognised need for the gospel. By reaching out to the community through education, E4L serves in a way that local people can immediately understand, whilst also sharing God’s word with them that they might also realise their need of Christ.
E4L offers literacy and numeracy classes for children across four Delhi slums. In addition, E4L runs adult literacy and sewing classes for women at one of their sites.The women and children who attend E4L hear from God’s word every time they attend the programme. All E4L leaders and teachers are from the local church family and receive ongoing training in teaching the Bible to children and, in the case of the adult teachers, in how to share God's word whilst teaching literacy. Additionally, E4L runs regular evangelistic events, weekly bible clubs and ladies’ prayer meetings.
Across the four sites, 137 children and 16 women attend E4L, 80% of which are from Hindu or Muslim backgrounds. Since this project began in 2008, many women and children have begun attending church and several have turned to Christ as their saviour.
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February to March is examination season. According to the school schedule in India, students have their final exams at this time, then two weeks of holidays. From April, they start the new session. When the students were busy preparing for their final exams at school, we had teachers’ training. We gave training on teaching English, Maths, Hindi and bible stories. Some of the experienced teachers gave instruction and ideas to help the others improve their teaching skills. We encouraged all the teachers to keep learning and improving themselves. We hope they not only serve the Lord and complete their duty day by day, but also enjoy their work and feel that they are growing while they serve.
At the same time, we revised and updated our Maths syllabus. Last year, we revised and updated the English syllabus for both “A” and “B” classes. We found that was very helpful and were happy to see improvement in the students. This year, we focused on Maths. Teachers gave suggestions according to their experiences and offered many good ideas about how to explain different Maths topics. We collected their ideas and made a book, “Math Ideas”, for all the teachers’ reference. We were happy to finish the work. May God use it to bless all the children.
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