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Jambo and a Happy New Year from AISA in Nairobi,
As we commence 2019 I am mindful that this is the start of AISA’s 50th Anniversary year. I thought I might begin the year briefly recalling for you the very early years of AISA and describing how our organization came to be.
The idea of putting together an Association of International Schools in Africa was initiated by the Office of Overseas Schools of the US State Department, under the leadership of Paul Lubke, the Regional Education Officer for Africa from 1969-1979. The thinking at the time was that the best way to enable the development of and provide support to international schools in Africa was through in-service training of personnel. I find it interesting that 50 years on we are still primarily concerned with supporting the professional development of the leadership, educators and co-professionals in our member schools. Back then, the schools targeted for this early support where those that were functioning primarily to serve the families of United States Embassy personnel and were referred to as American-Assisted Schools. While these schools were financially sponsored by the US State Department (and most remain so to this day), AISA’s membership has now grown to include many different types of schools supporting families from all over the world.
In 1969, there were only 14 American-Assisted schools in Sub-Saharan Africa. The nascent organization was referred to as the ‘Sub-Saharan Regional Association’. Thankfully that name changed over the years (as “SSRA” is not nearly as catchy as “AISA” to pronounce). After discussions with school administrators in the region it was decided to focus the first organizational efforts on an annual conference at a venue in Africa, with the first taking place in Accra, Ghana in 1969.
How we have grown! We now have over eighty member schools and over 40 Associate Members - all with the goal of supporting quality international education for families living in cities across the continent. From that single conference event in Ghana half a century ago, we now offer over forty learning events and institutes in venues from Khartoum to Cape Town and Accra to Zanzibar each year. These attract over 1,000 educators whose aim is to improve student learning in AISA schools. We now support programmes in Governance, School Effectiveness, Service Learning, Child Protection and Wellbeing. For our students we offer awards for excellence and leadership in service.
As we reflect on our achievements to date, I invite you to share your experiences with the global AISA community on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/aisa.or.ke/
This weekend sees another anniversary with the staging of the 10th edition of the AISA Global Issues Service Summit (AISA-GISS) at the International School of Tanganyika (IST) in Dar es Salaam. This important student focused event will bring together students from around the globe to share ideas on how they can meaningfully and authentically contribute to improving the lives of those in their local communities in sustainable ways.
Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you the very best for 2019!
Dr Peter Bateman
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After some careful consideration of the escalating costs (over $60 for a sandwich and a soda!!), the venue logistics and with other opportunities for us to get together on the horizon, AISA has decided not to hold the Annual AISA Luncheon at AAIE in February this year. We’ll take a year off and re-evaluate whether we can reconvene in 2020.
That said, I warmly invite you to mark into your diary the 50th Anniversary AISA Gala Dinner which will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) during the annual AISA Conference to be held from 21st - 23rd November 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Our 50th anniversary theme: "Learning from the Past, Shaping the Future”. We’ll have more information on the AISA Website in March.
If you’re no longer living in Africa, and have a hankering to get back to the continent, why not consider joining us in stunning Cape Town? For those with an ongoing professional interest, come and learn with our world class experts, network with colleagues, explore the excellent learning taking place in AISA schools, and enjoy that renowned AISA vibe during the conference. And whilst in Cape Town, why not visit the V&A Waterfront, explore the wineries, see the whales at Hermanus, climb Table Mountain, drive to the Cape of Good Hope, and of course attend the AISA 50th Anniversary AISA Gala Dinner on Friday 22nd November 2019? Come on – you know you want to!
In the meantime, I look forward to seeing those of you attending AAIE in San Francisco – but not for lunch!
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As the rains settle in to Nairobi, I am reminded that another calendar year is all too quickly drawing to a close and the Holiday Season will soon be upon us. As they say – time flies when you’re having fun!
Since my last communication to you AISA has been busy with the 2018 AISA Educators Conference which took place in Dakar in October. I’d like to thank the International School of Dakar for their help in making this event such a success. It was great to be back in West Africa with over 140 Educators and Associate exhibitors in attendance. I am mindful that our schools there have limited opportunities to access high quality, impactful and targeted Professional Learning on a regular basis. It was such a pleasure to note the openness and willingness to learn new things that this group of educators displays. Their call for AISA to try to make more professional learning accessible to our schools in this part of the Continent is certainly something we are looking at seriously. Please look for the review of this event from Graham Watts (AISA’s Director of Professional Learning) elsewhere in this circular. Please also contact Graham if your school would like to host one of our very popular Professional Learning Institutes (PLIs) next school year.
With the AEC complete, our attention is now turning to the inaugural AISA Invitational Conference (AIC) that will take place from the 30th - 31st March 2019 at the American International School in Lagos, Nigeria. While this event is primarily targeting non-member schools that are interested in experience the quality of learning AISA offers, and who are in the process of becoming an accredited international school, I do invite all educators and leaders from AISA member schools to take advantage of the close proximity of this learning event and register. Complete information about the programme and the logistics for the AIC is available on our AIC Website here.
We are also preparing for our new format, combined AISA Conference to take place in Cape Town from 21st - 23rd November 2019 at the CITCC, Cape Town. AISA’s Professional Learning Design Team (PLDT) will be gathering later in November to finalize the line-up of facilitators that I know will be our best yet. One particular item I want to make you aware of is the multi-stream governance deep dives we are preparing. These will target several aspects of good governance in international schools for a variety of stakeholders - be they new or experienced school leaders, senior admin staff and, significantly, school board members. Of course, this is also our 50th Anniversary Edition and we have a lot of great surprises in store for all who attend that event - so save the date. We will publish further details of the 2019 AISA Conference on our website early in the New Year.
Another date to save is the 2019 AISA Luncheon that will take place in San Francisco alongside the AAIE conference on Wednesday February 6th from 12:00 – 1:30pm. I will soon be sending out invitations to this event with full details - so watch out for those.
For now, as this is our last Circular for the year, it just remains for me to wish you, your loved ones and your entire school community a safe and relaxing holiday. Get some rest!
Managing allegations of abuse against another child, adult or member of staff is a highly stressful, complex task.
It is vital that any concerns or allegation are dealt with properly and in a way that protects and upholds the dignity of all who are involved. These situations are often complex and can quickly escalate, particularly in the context of an international school community environment.
For this reason, the International Taskforce on Child Protection (ITFCP) has developed guidelines for international schools on how to manage such allegations effectively.
To read about why and how the protocol was developed, see this introductory article.
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Over the past decade the role of non-formal education/ overseas expeditions & adventure weeks has been prevalent in many government agendas worldwide and the development of many school curricular. To name just a few, we currently have: the UK “manifesto for learning outside the classroom” (2006), the Scottish “curriculum for excellence through outdoor learning” (2010), International Baccalaureate C.A.S. Programme, the American Curriculum “week without walls”, “challenge week” and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award which has continued to grow, now operating in school in 140 countries worldwide.
1. Provide adventurous activities built on a well-established foundation of professional and safe practices.
2. Inspire holistic personal development and an exploration of inter-personal identities through culturally diverse experiences.
3. Outdoor learning which enables young people to discover their true potential to be dynamic and prosperous in their future lives.
Outdoor adventurous activities provide a unique opportunity to frame learning experiences for students in which they have an opportunity to take risks, be self-reliant and to be physically challenged. A meaningful experiential learning opportunity should include all of these elements offering space for students to build confidence, break down barriers, begin to understand their own strengths in challenging situations and to form bonds with their peers to achieve extraordinary things. Through outdoor experiences students can develop holistically.
Add these workshops/ focuses to your school field trip:
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