Networking theological education in Africa : the NetACT story

Hendriks, H. Jurgens (2013-02)

Publication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.

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This article, first, relates the story of the founding and growth of NetACT, a network of African theological schools. It furthermore shows how the member schools’ desire be part of efforts to address issues related to HIV&AIDS on the African continent led them to focus, amongst other things, on curriculum development and gender equality. As a logical first step, a detailed questionnaire had to be completed by all member schools. Data collected in this way was statistically quantified in order to show the existence or not of unequal gender representation in the participating theological schools and the churches that are their clients. Finally, in light of the results of this research, the work done by NetACT is highlighted, as well as its positive outcome as experienced by the individual schools.

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