Resource 5: Vision and mission statements – some examples

Background information / subject knowledge for teacher

A vision statement is usually short. It is focused on the future and what you aim to become in the future.

A mission statement is often a bit longer, and gives more detail of what has to be done to achieve the vision.

Here are two examples:

Vision statement for the School of St Jude, Northern Tanzania

To be an exemplary, modern and self-sustainable institution that effects a paradigm shift on the educational system in Tanzania by enabling Tanzanians to run successful and moral schools, thereby alleviating poverty and breaking the cycle of dependency on external aid.

Mission statement of an anonymous man

To be the person my children look to with pride when they say, ‘This is my dad.’

To be the one my children come to for love, comfort and understanding.

To be the friend known as caring and always willing to listen empathically to their concerns.

To be a person not willing to win at the cost of another’s spirit.

To be a person who can feel pain and not want to hurt another.

To be the person that speaks for the one that cannot, to listen for the one that cannot hear, see for the one without sight, and have the ability to say, ‘You did that, not I.’

To have my deeds always match my words through the grace of God.

Original source: Covey, S. et al. First Things First

Resource 4: Who is my father?