Education

Education

Education Department

Christian Churches have played a pivotal role in the provision of primary, secondary and higher education in Nigeria. Christian missionaries like the Sudan United Mission (SUM) played a dominant role in determining the level of education in Nigeria.

Proverbs 22: 6 admonishes parents to train their children in the way they should go and when they are old they will not turn from it. Given this background, it was important for the early missionaries and COCIN to be actively engaged in the provision of early childhood education as a supplement to the efforts of parents, local communities and governments in order to reach them with the Gospel of Christ. COCIN has several Theological and Secular Institutions at the General Church Council, Regional Church Council and Local Church Council levels some of which include:

Gindiri Theological Seminary (GTS)

GTS is the premier theological institution of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN). It is located at Gindiri in Mangu Local Government Area (L.G.A) of Plateau State, Nigeria. The seminary was founded by the defunct Sudan United Mission (SUM) in 1934. In 1963, the Bible school was upgraded to a Pastor’s College and in 1985 it was again changed to Gindiri College of Theology. With the introduction of diploma programmes and later the Diploma in Christian Education programme, the school was affiliated to ABU Zaria.

With the commencement of the Bachelor of Divinity degree programme in 2000, the affiliation with ABU Zaria was changed to the University of Jos. It was in 2011 that the present name of the institution was changed by the General Church Council (G.C.C) to Gindiri Theological Seminary. The seminary currently runs Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Christian Religious Studies (C.R.S) and Diploma in Theology (D.Th) at both full –time and part-time (no diploma in part-time). The school also has a Women Training Centre which offers certificate programmes in Christian Religious Education (CRE) and Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK).

COCIN Theological Education by Extension (COCIN TEE)

This course began in two districts with an initial enrollment of 100 students. The main aim of TEE which began with Extension Bible School (EBS) was to help train evangelists who will work in the Church. The Church was growing rapidly and Bible schools were few and trained people for only one year. EBS helped to increase the Bible knowledge of those evangelists and so improved their work in the Church. Much later, members of other churches requested to be allowed to enroll in the programme. In 1975, the Church’s Executive Council agreed that EBS should be started everywhere in COCIN. EBS operates a six year programme culminating in the award of the Certificate in Theology.

Extension Theological College (ETC)

In 1989, plans were made to open a more advance TEE programme in English. The COCIN Extension Theological College’s (ETC) Diploma programme started in 1990. Students admitted to this course must possess at least a Secondary School Certificate. ETC began specifically to train leaders for various Christian ministries and in particular  non –stipendiary Church leaders to assist pastors with special responsibility for English service and related church ministries in English. It started as a six year extension programme but is presently a five year programme. Students come not only from COCIN, but from various denominations as well. ETC is divided into four zones to ease administration and to facilitate smooth running of the programme. ETC runs 20 courses called units amounting to about 97 credit hours offering a Diploma in Theology (D.TH) at the end of the programme. ETC conducts one conference every year in each of the four zones. This conference lasts for a week. As at now, ETC has about 153 seminar centers and 148 seminar leaders.

Theological Education by Extension Mission School (TEEMS)

TEEMS started in January, 2012 in two mission zones, Warari and Ningi/Toro with a population of 27 missionaries. TEEMS operate a system slightly different from ETC based on need. They have two conferences every year during which a unit course is introduced to them. After that they also meet twice a month with their seminar leaders for discussions. They write assignments and examinations at the end of each unit course. TEEMS programme will last for 4 ½ years and lead to the award of Diploma in Missions certificate. COCIN TEEMS is located on Temple Road in Kufang – Rantya, Jos.

COCIN Comprehensive College Gindiri

The College is a boarding, co-educational secondary school. It was founded in 1934, as a training center for evangelists and teachers, by the Sudan United Mission (SUM). It was taken over by the Plateau State Government in September, 1976 and in July, 2000 the college was handed back to the Church (COCIN) and the transition period ended in August 2002.  The college became fully Church operational in September 2002 as a Comprehensive College. The subjects offered are examinable by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) and shortly, the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB).

Pastors' College, Kabwir

COCIN Pastors’ College, Kabwir is an evangelical college which emerged from the former District Bible School established by the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) at Boi Lere District, Bauchi State in 1962. But due to the bad road, it was transferred to Kabwir in 1964. COCIN Pastors’ College commenced in 1982 with its primary statement of faith of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), so that students will learn to integrate their Christian profession with Christian living. COCIN Pastors’ College offers the following certificates; Diploma in Theology (DTH); Diploma in Christian Ministry (DCM); Certificate in Christian Religious Education (CCRE) and Certificate in Christian Religious Knowledge.

Girls High School / Boys Secondary School Gindiri

Girls High School and Boys Secondary School were established by the missionaries to train boys and girls mentally, spiritually, socially and morally. To achieve this, various subjects are taught in the following areas: Sciences, Arts, Social Sciences and Vocational studies. Social activities carried out include various clubs and societies, festival of arts and culture and visitation to neighboring schools. Games and athletics are contested among the four houses in the school. Spiritual activities include Fellowship of Christian Students, evangelism, mission outreaches, morning assemblies, singing groups and Church services.

Gindiri Material Center for the Handicapped

Gindiri Material Centre for the Handicapped (GMCH) was established in January, 1989 by the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), in partnership with Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM) a non- denominational Christian organization that is dedicated to serving all kinds of people with disabilities and their families, whatever their nationality, race, sex and religion. Its administration is headed by a Coordinator and guided by a 12-member Board of Governors, the Secretary of which is the COCIN Director of Education. It has a workforce of specialists in manual, electrical, computer brailing, tactile diagram and Braille repairs. Today, the impact of GMCH is nation-wide, which made it a merit-award recipient by the Ohana Hearing & Edu-Health Services Nigeria, 2009, for being a ‘Great support to schools and special needs persons in Nigeria’. The main office is located within the COCIN Institutions Gindiri Compound, about 14km NE of Mangu LGA, and 90km SE of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Its branch office (liaison office) is located along No. 5, Noad Avenue, Jos at the COCIN Headquarters.

Proposed Karl Kumm University

History is about to be made in COCIN for at the G.C.C meeting on 7th May, 2003, the church resolved to start a university because COCIN has been in the fore-front of providing education in Nigeria, particularly in Plateau state since the colonial days. This was made possible through efforts of the Sudan United Mission (SUM) British branch, through the education provided at the primary, secondary and theological schools. Goals of the proposed university among others is to develop students spirituality, morally, psychologically and to propagate the gospel through God centered education in all disciplines offered in the University. The proposed university will soon take off at its permanent site at Vom. The new site is under construction.