In 2017, the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther publishing his famous theses in Wittenberg in 1517 takes place. This provides an opportunity for all Protestant schools to reflect on how best to build on centuries of their work for the common good, not only in Europe but worldwide. The Reformation put a special focus on the re-discovery of biblical insights and on education, from which people can still learn today.
Representatives of Protestant schools from 17 countries of all five continents gathered in Soesterberg/NL. Having exchanged experiences, they agreed on this document as their vision to enhance and extend collaboration. This includes information about the variety of contexts of Protestant schools and a common understanding of theological and pedagogical perspectives. It concludes with a vision that encourages and strengthens collaboration on regional and global levels. The document should inform all those who are responsible for Protestant schools, in churches, politics and wider society, about the ethos and contribution they make to the public education system.
From a plethora of different backgrounds, Protestant schools all have common ground in the Christian tradition and thus share a common mission. Whatever their context, they make a remarkable contribution to human dignity and the common good by seeking to develop a culture of hope, service and achievement, empowering staff and students to embrace the future with confidence.
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