Overview and Philosophy
Nile Union Academy is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian boarding high school. We are owned and operated by the Egypt-Sudan Field Office of Seventh-day Adventist Church. We accept the Old and New Testament scriptures as our creed and we teach Jesus Christ as the savior of the world. Our educational system is patterned after the American educational system which values class attendance, participation, and performance as the base of its education. NUA adheres to a blueprint for education that was originally conceived in the Old Testament “School of the Prophets” that seeks to daily train and teach young people through instruction, activities, relationships, work, responsibility, consequences, and life experiences.
All classes at NUA are taught in English except for second language classes. Our discipline style is consequence oriented, rather than shame based. It is our desire that students will not only succeed academically, but will upon graduation leave NUA with the foundation to succeed morally, socially, and spiritually in life. We believe that integrity and honor of our head, heart, and hands must be the foundation of a life surrendered to God.
NUA exists to promote God’s work in the lives of young people. Our mission is to educate young believers to use their head, heart, and hands to God
NUA is an academic institution. One of our primary goals is to give a good education—good in the eyes of the families that sent the students to our school and to the students themselves; good in the eyes of intuitions of higher learning that our students wish to attend, and good in the eyes of potential employers. The head is about cognitive function and being logical. How do they think? Are they logical people for whom a rational argument will be effective? How do they use logic? What are their goals, and how will the idea affect them? At NUA we try and help students become logical and rational using their heads.
NUA is an educating community. The heart is about affective function, emotions and feelings. Think about how you can use emotion to get your idea across. It is in the business of shaping attitudes—attitudes of students towards themselves, to their peers, to trainers and authority, to the community and nation—current and future. We teach students to be subject to the governing authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. To sincerely give to everyone what is owed, pay what is agreed, and give respect and honor to whom it is due.
NUA embraces a work-study philosophy. It is not a school to just come up with academic solutions and have the attitude that is needed to achieve these solutions, but a school to help students accomplish what needs to be done. We teach students to do life chores; to share the tasks of community living; to reduce their family’s financial investment in their education. To develop a work ethic that embraces necessary work of every kind. These days the meaning of ‘hand’ has been expanded beyond manual labor to taking on any task that helps survival of ourselves, our community and our nation– to move beyond can-do to has-done.