Free & Fit Challenge 2017 - Freedom in Education by Nav Merghan

Free & Fit Challenge 2017 - Freedom in Education by Nav Merghan

Free and Fit London formerly known as Faith and Fitness in London Summer 2013

Education and Freedom

The importance of education in every society is undeniable. One of the prime aspects of education is that it can bring freedom to break out of confines of mind. Since people in this profession, however, face a variety of restricting issues. It seems likely to manifest certain negative attitude when facing these issues: losing self-control, contempt, partiality, impatience.

Freedom also means to gain wisdom to exercise professionalism to maintain a healthy environment, take risks and more importantly willingness of mind and heart to learn. True education can enable people to see with a new perspective, as taught in 2 Timothy 3:14-15 and Psalm 25:4-5. 

However, freedom in education can be attributed with two main components: (a) freely being able to gain wisdom, and (b) freedom in exercising admired human qualities which are found in the Bible as Fruit of the spirit as follows. 

(a) The prayer to learn and to have a wise heart, what is seen in Old Testament: Solomon asked for wisdom from God (1 Kings 2:9), his fame spread when he asked for wisdom hence his success. Jesus said, ‘Seek first his [your heavenly Father’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’ (Matthew 6:33). 

John Dewey attributed two elements to freedom in education, (i) access to the means to achieve dreams and (ii) ability to choose wisely once we have the means. According to this viewpoint, freedom can be realised when people are knowledgeable enough to make the right choices (Dewey, 1916).

William C. Ringenberg roots academic freedom in virtues such as honesty, humility, and love. This is a challenging issue, as exercising honesty and freedom of speech is challenged by other public bodies in some nations. In North Africa, for example, a professor of public health discovered that his country's infant mortality rate was higher than government figures indicated. He lost his job and was imprisoned.

In summary, in order to gain freedom from the challenges we face in education, we must incorporate the virtuous attributes of honesty, humility and love, pray to learn and to gain a wise heart.


  1. Dewey, J. (1916) Democracy and Education. New York: MacMillan. Rogers, C. R. (1969) Freedom to Learn: A view of what education might become. Columbus, OH: Merrill Publishing. p. 3.

  2. HTB, Bible In the One Year, (day 38,168, 218)


About the Free & Fit Challenge The Free and Fit course has been created to build strong social skills, charge healthy physical bodies and to instil a well balanced and sound mind. Participants who complete the full course over 12 months will learn how to work effectively with their team members to build strong values of power, love, and self discipline. Free & Fit Vision The vision of free and fit course is to engage, motivate, improve and hence find freedom in a physical and spiritual state. As such the freedom that leads to a peaceful heart; leads to a healthy body. The course is built upon the core value of learning together to be disciplined and motivated in our faith as well as our fitness. Instructions for Group or Individual Facilitator 1. Select a sport and space where you want to exercise, book a date and time to meet and invite your friends! 2. Before exercising ensure the space is safe and that no participants are experiencing any illnesses or injuries. 3. Set up a structure of three different exercise routines which you can introduce, read and reflect upon the selected bible verses. In the welcome and warm up introduce the topic and ask the members what they believe the topic to mean. 4. Read the verses in order before each exercise and ask the group to think about the verses during the three different exercise routines. 5. Reflect on the verses and topic at the end of session during a warm down and discuss the answers to each verse and questions at the end of the workout. Bible Verses for Discussion 

Deuteronomy 4:10  "Gather me