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n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Die skoolorde van Genève 1559 : 'n Basis vir 'n gereformeerde skoolorde : original research

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Abstract

Calvyn en die onderwys is sinoniem. Behalwe dat sy geskrewe nalatenskap van sy intense besig wees mét en liefde vír die onderwys getuig, het hy hom konkreet vir die daarstel van skole beywer waar die jeug in die vrees van die Here opgevoed word. Nie alleen die inhoud van die onderrig wat die kinders ontvang nie, maar ook die vorm waarin dit aangebied word, asook die leerkragte wat daarby betrokke is, het besondere aandag by Calvyn gekry. Oor alles laat hy die lig van God se Woord skyn. In hierdie artikel word aangetoon hoe hy, gegewe sy eie historiese agtergrond, met die middels tot sy beskikking in die stad Genève gepoog het om 'n skoolstelsel te ontwerp waar kinders en jongmense onderrig word ooreenkomstig die doopsbelofte wat die ouers afgelê het. Calvyn se Geneefse skoolorde van 1559, in samehang met die Geneefse Kerkorde van 1561, gee insae in sy denke en optrede betreffend die onderwys. 'n Poging word aangewend om enkele lyne te trek wat hopelik vir die huidige onderwysgesprek bruikbaar sal wees. Die vraag is of daar te midde van al die skoolbeleide en skoolreëls 'n dringende behoefte aan 'n deeglike grondliggende skoolorde is. Die artikel wil aan hierdie vraag aandag skenk.


Calvin and education are synonymous. Apart from his written legacy, which speaks of his intense love for education, he endeavoured to put schools in place where young people could be educated in the ways of the Lord. This was not only in the curriculum, but also in the way it was presented and the teachers who presented those lessons received special attention from Calvin. The light of God's Word is shed over everything. This article shows how, given his own historical background and the tools available to him, he tried to develop a school system in the city of Geneva where children could be educated in accordance with the promise of their parents at their baptism. The school order of Geneva (1559) in conjunction with the Genevan Church order (1561) gives us insight in the doings and thoughts of Calvin on education. I hope to indicate some lines that could be of use in the present dialogue on educational matters. Sadly, the way Calvin set up a system for education is no longer evident in schools. Isn't there an urgent need for a well-defined and fundamental school order amongst all the school policies and rules? This question will receive attention in the article.

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