Educate a Child, Transform the World


educate_a_child_domestic_photoThe 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) launched a churchwide initiative calling on Presbyterians to work with partners in the U.S. and worldwide to improve the quality of education for 1 million children by 2020. This initiative builds on our strong Reformed heritage and Presbyterian history of both educational mission and advocacy and support for access to public education. On the national level, this initiative will center around 2 major foci:

  1. Strengthening early childhood education
  2. Reducing the dropout rate of adolescents

Join us as we identify and share best practices and resources for local educational mission; support public education policy at the national, state, and local levels; train and equip new leaders for child advocacy; and connect with others in our common call to walk alongside our children as they live into their identities as children of God.

During their 2015–2018 triennium, Presbyterian Women’s justice and peace work will focus on developing and strengthening children’s literacy. Because many peace and justice issues—poverty, discrimination, abuse, violence, exploitation, marginalization, imprisonment, unequal access to opportunity—are related to lack of education, PW has created a number of resources to assist PW groups and individuals in reading with children, tutoring, strengthening community initiatives for literacy and advocating for schools and children.

toolk_kitThe Educate a Child Toolkit
Want to start an education-oriented ministry in your congregation but don’t know where to begin? Already have an education program but want to be more effective? Involved in direct service but looking for a way to participate in local education advocacy? Have great ideas for a ministry but looking for funding sources? Check out the resources in this toolkit!

View the Toolkit Online

Download the Toolkit

Download the Covenant

How to Contribute

Donate to the “Educate a Child, Transform the World” National Fund.

Give to the Pentecost Offering.
Consider using the 40% that stays with your local congregation to start up an educational ministry in your community or to send members to a leadership training event.
Learn more about the Pentecost Offering.

What People Are Saying

Moderator Heath Rada

Heath Rada

Moderator of the 221st General Assembly

“In infant Baptism, the church acknowledges the beloved nature of children from their first days. Presbyterians in mission and ministry have a long tradition of serving all of God’s children with life’s blessings.”

Past President of the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators (APCE)

“One of my greatest joys in life is to be ‘Gran’ to my three grandsons. I witness firsthand how challenging it is to raise these children in an environment where they have employed parents with insurance, a roof over their heads, food in the refrigerator and where some form of education happens at every possible opportunity. I cannot possibly imagine what it is like for the majority of children in our world today. This is what excites me about “Educate A Child: Transform the World.” Each of us is called to make a difference in education and faith formation for our communities so desperately in need. Together we can face this challenge and be inspired to serve as champion advocates for today’s children. ”

Anne Wilson

Anne Wilson

Raymond Roberts

Rev. Dr. Raymond Roberts

Pastor of River Road Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA

“I support the ‘Educate a Child’ Initiative. It is exciting to see Presbyterians across the country recommit themselves to the teaching ministry of Jesus, both in support of public education to ensure that every child has access to a quality education and in our congregations as we fulfill Christ’s mandate to make disciples by teaching everything he taught.”

Churchwide Moderator of Presbyterian Women

“The 1000 Days Initiative, adopted by Presbyterian Women and the 221st General Assembly of the PC(USA), promotes nutrition and health for mothers and their children during the crucial first 1000 days of a child’s life (conception to age 2). As the church launches the ‘Educate a Child’ Initiative, it seems like a logical follow-up to the 1000 Days Initiative. Statistics confirm that good nutrition at the beginning of a child’s life leads to better-educated children. Likewise, education for children leads to more productive and healthy adults, which ultimately improves the communities in which they live.”

Carol Winkler

Carol Winkler

Douglas Mitchell

Rev. Douglas Mitchell

Associate Pastor for Faith In Action, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis

“Whether children who are poor live in Malakal, South Sudan, or in under-resourced neighborhoods in Minneapolis, they struggle to meet their basic needs. Education is a key tool to move these children out of poverty so that they can live the abundant life God intends for them. It is also necessary to provide a level of peace in the communities in which they live for children to flourish. Education and peace-building are at the heart of our support both for the World Mission program in South Sudan and for the 21st Century Academy, a middle school after-school enrichment program in the McKinley neighborhood of North Minneapolis.”


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