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1. Moody Graduate Theological Seminary

Now you can enhance your current ministry or prepare to serve in a new ministry while you keep your commitments to family, work, and church. Deepen your biblical knowledge, grow closer to Christ, and align your skills with your call to serve.

In October 2012, Moody Distance Learning (MDL) began offering a fully online, 36-hour Master of Arts in Applied Biblical Studies (MAABS) degree, the first in its history. This innovative program brings Moody’s graduate-level education to students in a convenient and accelerated format, giving them the opportunity to earn an advanced ministry degree online in less than two years. In addition to online options, Moody Graduate Theological Seminary has a campus in Detroit MI as well as Chicago IL.


What is the parental attitude toward schooling for children? How much education should boys/girls have?

To which grade can a child study in the local setting? In order to study further, would the child have to be sent elsewhere? To a boarding school? or to stay with relatives while studying? What value is placed on education by the family? by the community? by the tribe? Does the amount of education received affect the type of employment available? The choice of a marriage partner?

What is considered the minimum education required for an office job? for maintenance work? for a physician? etc.? Would any of these require specialized education and is this readily available? Is there discrimination in admission procedures? In what way?

How is the completion of an educational course acknowledged? Is there a graduation ceremony sponsored by the institution? What does the family or community do to celebrate? Are gifts given and received? By whom and to whom?

What are the expectations of the community, the nation, the family, from a graduate?


Are newspapers available? In what languages? Who reads the newspapers? Are there special sections for different interest groups? What about magazines? Is there a variety, or is the choice limited? Are newspapers and magazines shared around the neighborhood? Where does one get newspapers and magazines? in a store, or are they delivered to the door? Find out what the subscription prices are for a few of these publications.

Is the news heavily slanted toward one viewpoint? Is the news government controlled or is there scope for dissent and idea sharing? Is there punishment for dissent?

Is there a library accessible to the public? What kinds of services does the library offer? Does one need a card to take out books, DVDs, etc.? Does the library offer educational programs? Who can attend these? Is membership mandatory?

Do schoolchildren have access to textbooks? Are these of good quality? Are they expensive? Are they passed down from child to child within a family? Are textbook publishers run by the government, or are they owned and run by private companies?

4. Enhancing Education site – homeschoolers, professional educators

Are you looking for new or different ways to make learning more engaging for students, to increase understanding and help students more clearly demonstrate what they have learned? Columbia University hosts a website that illustrates principles of teaching and learning, and provides tools for you to create your own strategies for helping your students learn.

While many illustrations are geared toward a middle- or secondary- school classroom, teachers in Bible schools or home Bible studies, Sunday Schools or leader development classes can apply the same principles of interactive learning.

1. Islam in Southeast Asia

The Asia Society educational site, Islam in South East Asia is an insightful look at the emergence of Islam in Southeast Asia. There are background essays, beautiful illustrations of art and culture from 1500 years of Islam in Southeast Asia, most directly linked to primary sources. More than that, on the parent site, Ask Asia, there are lesson plans for students from Pre-K through High School, maps, images and resources that relate to almost anything Asian. This is not just for teachers or students; anyone working in Asian culture will find a wealth of information and tools for deeper understanding of the people among whom they work.

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