The Nature, Aims, and Values of Seventh-Day Adventist Christian Education

  • Phillip Paul PlaatjesEmail author


Given the changes in the educational landscape over the last decade or more, especially in South Africa, educators in the Seventh-day Adventist education system have continued to believe in the distinctive features that define Seventh-day Adventist Christian education. These characteristics have remained constant, and specifically embrace the nature, aims, and values of SDA education. In this chapter I discuss a Bible-based philosophy, particularly a Christian approach to education. I also highlight an holistic approach to SDA education which makes use of the Bible for its fundamental doctrines. The Bible further provides a frame of reference on which SDA education is based. A distinct SDA philosophy of education is discussed as a point of departure for the Adventist home, church, and school to work in unison as a community. Adventist education further contends that education is a ministry of the highest calling and this chapter shows how schools work towards achieving the vision of the harmonious development of the mental, physical, social, and spiritual capacities. The chapter also discusses how curriculum prepares the learners for life-long learning, responsible citizenship, a role in society, as well as instilling a desire to serve the Lord and the church. Finally, it indicates the impact SDA education has on many learners from other religious persuasions, who attend SDA schools.


Seventh-day Adventist education Bible-based philosophy Christianity Curriculum and Religion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ArtsHelderberg CollegeSomerset WestSouth Africa

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