Pathway To Be Part of New Global Education Initiative
REXBURG, Idaho — Elder Kim B. Clark announced the launch of the Church Education System (CES) Global Education Initiative during the Seminaries and Institutes Annual Live Training Broadcast on June 14. The initiative will include Pathway and other Church programs in providing quality education to Church members “wherever the Church is organized.”1
Millions of Church members throughout the world have not been able to access higher education for many reasons — costs are too high or they may lack the time, confidence, or practical local options.
Since 2009, Pathway has already seen some of those barriers reduced by paving the way for tens of thousands of people to get an education that before may have seemed impossible. And soon, thousands more will have a similar opportunity thanks to the Global Education Initiative.
“In very important ways, the initiative allows us to focus on the under-served and the struggling,” said Elder Kim B. Clark, Church commissioner of education. “The Savior has called upon us to seek out His lost sheep. Through the initiative … we will do this both temporally and spiritually.”
Through the CES Global Education Initiative, several Church organizations will collaborate to provide educational opportunities to Church members throughout the world. These organizations include PathwayConnect, Church colleges and universities, Self-Reliance Services, and the Missionary Department. Religious education will be an essential component of each program offering, which will include options for secondary education, English-language instruction, university courses, technical and skills-based training and certificates, undergraduate degrees, and master’s degrees.
The initiative is guided by the following four principles:
- The initiative will include religious instruction, gathering experiences, and a spiritual focus to online learning.
- The initiative will be a collaborative, system-wide effort, involving all CES institutions and other Church departments.
- Instruction will be delivered online and in local gathering activities at institutes and Church meetinghouses in addition to instruction through local educational providers, including technical schools, colleges, and universities.
- Students will access programs through their local Church units, guided by priesthood leaders and supported by CES and Self-Reliance Services. This pattern ensures the work takes place under the direction of priesthood keys.
^ Elder Kim B. Clark, “The CES Global Education Initiative: The Lord’s System for Education in His Church,” Seminaries and Institutes of Religion Annual Training Broadcast, June 14, 2016.