Missionary Kid Education
One of the biggest questions people ask missionaries is: “Where do your kids go to school?”
For missionary families, the answer can be as simple as the name of an international school, or it can be more complicated, with combinations of homeschooling, national schools, and online classes. Because every family and ministry setting is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all educational option for all missionary kids. Fortunately, in today’s world, a variety of options exist that can provide great schooling for MKs.
International Christian Schools
Often founded by missionaries to educate their children, international Christian schools provide quality education from a Christ-centered perspective taught in a traditional classroom setting. Teachers may be career missionaries, short-term volunteers, or nationals. The student body is often very international, with most students coming from missionary or other expatriate families. WGM partners with a number of international Christian schools, including:
Decades ago, boarding schools were the primary educational choice for missionary families, with children leaving their parents for school at very young ages. Today, while less common, boarding schools (that also double as day schools) still provide an educational option to families that choose them, particularly for high school. In Kenya, for example, many WGM MKs attend Rift Valley Academy for high school after being homeschooled through eighth grade.
Many families choose to homeschool their children for reasons that include remoteness of ministry location, the needs of the child, and other factors. Homeschooling provides flexibility to families, particularly while traveling on homeland ministry assignment. Volunteer teachers are often invited to teach homeschooled children short term, particularly in Kenya and Albania.
In some places, particularly Europe, missionary kids may attend national schools. They often supplement this education with online or homeschool courses in subjects like English, Bible, and American history.
PRAY: Pray for MKs as they learn and grow on the mission field. Ask God to guide and protect their minds and hearts. Pray for missionary parents as they make decisions about their children’s education.
GO: Do you want to teach MKs and others at international schools? The schools listed above are always on the lookout for teachers in a variety of grades and subjects. Visit www.wgm.org/go to view available ministry opportunities for teaching MKs in Bolivia, Albania, Kenya, and more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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