Testing the Principles of Transformational Development: A Case Study of Christian Education in Nicaragua
Faber, Adam J.
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Nicaraguan history is fraught with conflict, disasters and economic hardships. Among these challenges the religious nature of the population has remained. But, these faith perspectives have shifted and often have become politicized. Caught in the middle of these shifts is the education system and the politicized nature of education amidst these conflicts has had a negative effect. The growth of Protestant Churches has coincided with a growth of Christian schools and these operate with the support of Christian Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs). Many of these FBOs operate from a theoretical perspective called Transformational Development (Myers 1999, 2011). The shift in religion – a growth of Protestantism – and the lack of quality education have brought the importance of this theoretical perspective and development approach to the foreground. This thesis examines the role of three FBOs, the Nehemiah Center, ACECEN and Edudeo Ministries, and how their theological underpinnings provide meaning into their work.