The work of the DBE is inspired by the words of Jesus to his disciples in Matthew 5:13-16.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
In addition to its statutory responsibilities under the DBE Measure, the DBE has 4 strategic aims. These are to:
- facilitate partnerships between schools and parishes to worship God incarnationally;
- intentionally co-create a habitus and curriculum rooted in Wisdom, Hope, Dignity and Community;
- inspire others to “come and see” using a discipleship model to form strategic school groupings;
- create opportunities for school communities to become imagineers, calling out injustice and taking action to transform communities.
This vision influences our approach to the ongoing academies programme. You can read more about this in the DBE Strategic School Organisation Plan – December 2021.