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Live launch planned for Learning Pathways initiative

Live launch planned for Learning Pathways initiative

Live launch planned for Learning Pathways initiative

23 October 2020

‘Learning Pathways’ will be initially produced in 10 languages, says Capacity Development and Resource Consultant at International Headquarters, Major Joan Münch.

The Salvation Army International Headquarters is about to launch Learning Pathways, a three-tier distance-learning opportunity for Salvationists passionate about engaging in their community.

The first Learning Pathways material will be unveiled in a live launch event at 2pm GMT on Tuesday 17 November 2020.

With the Learning Pathways course eventually covering certificate, diploma and degree-level content, the online learning facility is to offer an opportunity for anyone connected with the Army to deepen their understanding in the areas of community engagement, community development and community project management.

The first students are expected to sign up from March next year.

The certificate-level material gives the foundation for engaging with a community using an Integrated Mission and Faith-Based Facilitation approach, bringing together theology and best practice, giving practical skills for community engagement and for supporting the course participant’s personal development.

The 45-minute launch event is to give potential participants the opportunity to put questions and comments to the Learning Pathways team using the special hashtag
#TSALearningPathways.

The live stream is to include contributions from General Brian Peddle, the international leader of The Salvation Army, as well as from participants from various countries involved in the Learning Pathways pilot course and others with a passion for community engagement.

Any member, officer, employee or volunteer of the Army is able to take part in the certificate-level course. All certificate course materials are to be available in English, French, Hindi, Mizo, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Tamil. In time, it is anticipated that more languages will be added.

The Capacity Development and Resource Consultant at IHQ, Major Joan Münch, who has managed the Learning Pathways initiative, said community engagement is “at the heart of what we do as The Salvation Army – or should be doing.
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves about how to do this well.”

“This course takes us back to our roots and sends us out into the community – right where we need to be,” Joan said.

Following the launch of the certificate material, virtual training events are to be offered to train territorial learning pathway facilitators to support students in their home contexts.

The launch event is to be streamed live from IHQ via Facebook (sar.my/facebook) and on the Learning Pathways website (sar.my/learningpathways). It will also be available to watch again immediately after the event.

* Edited from a release by IHQ Communications, International Headquarters

 

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