Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term roughly translating to "human kindness." It is an idea from the Southern African region which means literally "human-ness," and is often translated as "humanity toward others," but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity".
Chris Lubbe: First of all, I am Sam’s husband, Khaya and Micah’s dad, and a friend of God.
My life began in the rural surroundings of Port St Johns, in the eastern Cape of South Africa. At high school, I discovered I had a gift for speaking and led students in protest against the unjust system of ‘apartheid’. This action was to set me on a collision course with the ‘apartheid’ regime, so I spent the rest of life involved in the relentless struggle against discrimination.
My pupose is to inspire positive change and to help others discover their own purpose. I believe that each of us has an in-built ability to make a positive contribution to the world.
I’ve had the honour of working with some of the greatest world leaders including Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, FW De Klerk and Colin La Foy. I’ve been Blessed with two amazing parents, Wilfred and Gladys Lubbe, who taught me about the power of unconditionally love and the true meaning of humanity ‘Ubuntu’.
I share my own story and the unique story of South Africa’s’ transition from ‘apartheid’ to a democracy. Its a story of determination and resilience which is a tribute to the thousands of South Africans who have gave their lives in the pursuit of freedom. The key themes from my message are determination, courage, perseverance, persistence and the power of forgiveness.
I look forward to visiting your organisation and sharing my story with you.
Dr. Christopher Nagy: holds a BPh in Philosophy and a BTh in Theology from St. John Lateran University and an MA in Theology from St. Thomas University both in Rome, Italy. Upon his return, he began his formal career in education teaching in a private school. He then gained additional duties including the role of vice principal and oversight of school finances. While there, he earned his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and administrator certifications from Lehigh University in 1993. In 1996, Dr. Nagy transitioned to public education as a high school assistant principal in Allentown, New Jersey. In 1999, he was promoted to high school principal. While there, Dr. Nagy positioned the school for the first time to be recognized among the top 100 schools by NJ Monthly Magazine. During this time, Dr. Nagy earned his Ed.D. from Widener University in Educational Administration in 2006 and was the first in his class to publish his dissertation as a book. In 2011, he assumed the role of Superintendent of Schools in Bergen County, NJ where he had oversight of two high schools and the Region III North Jersey Autism Center.
After three years in Bergen County, Dr. Nagy then received the opportunity in 2014 to leverage his administrative footprint in post-secondary education and career technical education in a duel role as the principal of the Adult Division of the Burlington County Institute of Technology and the Burlington County Apprentice Coordinator. Given the success and turnaround of the program within a year, in 2015, Dr. Nagy then became the shared Asst. Supt. for Special Education at the Burlington County Special Services School District and Burlington County Institute of Technology. Dr. Nagy is a believer in being a lifelong learner and in March 2016, he earned his certification in Applied Positive Psychology from the Flourishing Center in NYC. Dr. Nagy is an author and teaches graduate courses related to curriculum and instruction, leadership and special education.
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