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Please note that the AISA Invitational Conference (AIC) has been changed from a venue-based conference to a series of free online webinars. Unfortunately, due to factors beyond our control, including travel health concerns relating to the Corona Virus, AISA has decided to host several of the planned AIC sessions as webinars on the AISA website, dates to be confirmed.
The Child Protection Course will still take place on 6 March 2020 at The Trademark Hotel, The Village Market, Gigiri, Limuru Road, Nairobi, Kenya.
A final year student at the International School of Addis Ababa, Daniel Mekuriaw, has outstripped formidable opposition to win the prestigious, International Margaret Sanders Scholarship for 2020.
A highly coveted scholarship awarded annually to just one outstanding candidate from an AISA full member school, the Margaret Sanders International Scholarship will provide substantial financial support for Daniel to attend university, covering a wide range of educational expenses including tuition, residence, books, computers and more.
The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), states that 2019 was an extremely competitive year and, as such, Daniel should take great pride in his outstanding achievement.
“This scholarship is life-changing for this deserving young man,” says Jim Barekman, High School Counsellor at International School of Addis Ababa. “Yale University is lucky to have landed him.”
Besides his academic brilliance, Daniel’s success was due to him demonstrating an unprecedented level of persistence and motivation, resourcefulness, as well a refreshing, unconditional acceptance of other cultures and points of view.
At AISA, we are extremely proud of Daniel. It’s with great expectation that we watch him, in whatever sphere of influence he chooses, take on the world.
In light of recent tragedies at the Kakamega and Garissa Primary Schools in Kenya, where several 10 to 12-year-old children lost their lives, and many more were seriously injured, critical questions require urgent answers. In the aftermath of these horrific events – a fatal ‘home time’ stampede at Kakamega Primary and a suspected Al-Shabab shooting at Garissa Primary – whose responsibility is it to safeguard the children from such events and to help and support those who experienced these massive traumas?
Equally important, what can school leaders, teachers and counsellors do to minimise the undeniable impact on the education of these young survivors?
“We believe it’s the responsibility of every school, international or local, to take seriously its duty of care and make sure that the school’s child protection and wellbeing policies and procedures are in place and operational,” says Chanel Worsteling, the Association of International Schools in Africa’s (AISA) Child Protection and Wellbeing Programme Manager, who will be facilitating a session on this subject at its upcoming Invitational Conference (AIC) happening in Nairobi 7 – 8 March 2020.
Events such as those Kenya has seen recently, cannot be predicted but with these policies in place, schools have formal guidelines on how to create a safe environment for students and how staff can assist students to develop cognitive, social and emotional skills to process and overcome such tragedies.
Without a formalised approach to advise, counsel and support students and their families through such post-event trauma as well as other possible issues of child wellbeing such as abuse, whether neglect, violent or sexual, students’ education will certainly suffer. Among other symptoms, a child suffering from trauma will have difficulty concentrating in class, studying for tests and exams and/or socialising with peers.
At the upcoming AIC conference and its AISA-COBIS child protection preconference, school leaders, educators and counsellors have the opportunity to learn from leading child protection and wellbeing experts and get practical advice on how to set up best-practice policies and systems.
“Although it is difficult to protect children in unforeseen extreme events such as those that took place in Kakamega and Garissa Primary Schools, safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility, the school and all its staff, parents and the community. As is giving them the skills to maintain good mental health and wellbeing to promote academic success,” concludes Chanel Worsteling.
The following press release was published in the Daily Nation, Kenya edition on 19 January 2020.
Currently, Africa has around 1.2 billion people, more than half of whom are under the age of 25. According to the UN World Population Prospect’s 2015 Revision, East Africa’s (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda) population comprises 28% people aged between 15 – 24 years, and 45% younger than 14. Many of these young men and women have successfully achieved their high school certificates and aspire to work for global organisations, either at home or aboard.
On 7 and 8 March 2020, the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), will host its inaugural AISA Invitational Conference (AIC), at Brookhouse School (Runda) in Nairobi, Kenya. The first of its kind in East Africa, the conference aims to arm school leadership, educators, and counsellors with the tools to prepare their students for academic and professional success after school in a globalised world.
AISA, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in November 2019, has many years of experience and expertise in education and training on the African continent that is readily shared with its current membership of over 80 international schools across 37 countries; serving around 35, 000 students and 5,000 educators.
The AIC learning event will feature highly proficient, experienced facilitators; expert practitioners in education from the USA, UK and Kenya - each with invaluable, hands-on education experience in accredited international schools in Africa. As specialists who ensure critical thinking, global competence and academic success, the facilitators are at the heart of all the teaching and learning.
Conference delegates will be taken on ‘Deep Dives’ into what are cutting edge and globally important topics within education, such as the question of what a globally-competent student is, how to extend learners towards global citizenship, how to enhance student engagement and promote independent learning and how to design curricula through local, international and global lenses. There will also be workshops focusing on high school advisory and pastoral programmes, and school leader effectiveness.
The career potential and global possibilities of the delegates themselves will also be enhanced through the skills developed during the conference. All delegates will achieve an AISA training certificate on completion of the conference.
The conference will be preceded by a one-day child protection pre-conference to aimed at enhancing the quality of child protection policy and practice in schools throughout the region. Hosted in partnership with the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), it will be held on 6 March 2020.
Educators who continue to develop their academic and inter-cultural understanding on the world stage will be successful in an every-increasing globalised world. Knowledge is indeed power.
You may have seen that the World Health Organizational (WHO) Emergency Committee declared on Thursday, January 30, 2020 that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak now meets the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Those of us who have been in the AISA region for a while will be no stranger to public health concerns. With the advent of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) it behooves us to be thinking ahead.
According to the WHO Situation Report for January 30, 2020, there are now 7736 confirmed cases and 12,167 suspected cases. To date, the WHO is not reporting cases in Africa. But I think we would do well to assume that with the close links between China and African countries this may change.
The WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:
The WHO has some further resources available here
Further to note that registration is now open for the 2020 AISA School Nurse Institute. This will take place on July 21 & 22 at Rosslyn College in Nairobi, Kenya. We will ensure that those attending receive a refresher in dealing with transmissible illnesses such as the Coronavirus.
Dr Peter Bateman
AISA is very happy to announce that the Registration for the AISA 2020 School Heads Retreat in Zanzibar is now open. The event will run from May 1st - 3rd, 2020. Full details are available here.
The School Heads Retreat (SHR) programme is designed as an opportunity for heads of AISA Member Schools to learn from each other, to network, to share and reflect on their expertise in a facilitated and productive way. This year we have added a focus on wellbeing and semi-structured time for informal conversations between peers. For heads new to Africa, it will be a chance to get to know their colleagues and experience first-hand the collegial and generous spirit that characterizes the AISA region. All of this will happen in the fascinating surroundings of Zanzibar where there will be ample time to relax and explore as well.
Dr Peter Bateman
COBIS would like to invite you and your school to participate in the second iteration of our research project looking at teacher supply and the movement of teachers into and out of the British International Schools sector. This research, delivered in partnership with ISC Research, builds on the high-profile COBIS Teacher Supply Research from 2018.
This research project will provide a better understanding of the profile of teachers entering and leaving the sector, and the factors that influence their entry into and departure from the sector. Results will also be benchmarked against the findings from the 2018 survey to highlight trends and changes. COBIS would like to hear from school leaders about their experience and perception of the challenges of teacher supply. COBIS would also like to hear from teachers who have started a new job in an international school since August 2018, as well as teachers who are thinking about leaving the international school sector by summer 2021. The results of this research will contribute to the wider COBIS initiative on teacher supply as we aim to support the sector to find new ways to attract, train and retain first-class teachers.
To participate, please complete the relevant survey below, as well as forwarding this invitation on to teachers in your school. A donation will be made to UNICEF for each completed survey. Initial findings will be shared at the 39th COBIS Annual Conference in London, UK – 9-11 May 2020 – Leading in a Climate of Change.
For more information on the project, please visit www.cobis.org.uk/research. Initial results will be presented at the 39th COBIS Annual Conference in London – 9-11 May 2020. All British International Schools are invited to attend: www.cobis.org.uk/annualconference
The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) is a network of international schools founded in 1969 with assistance from the U.S. State Department. With 76 member schools across 34 countries, AISA represents an important mechanism for these international schools to communicate, collaborate, and engage with each another. With over 10 years at the helm as AISA’s Executive Director, Dr. Peter Bateman has led the organization through significant change and progress, helping launch new initiatives to support educators in the association as well as worldwide. Dr. Bateman recently agreed talk about AISA in a wide-ranging interview with SchoolRubric’s Managing Director, Wallace Ting.
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Mike Maybury was a force of personality who played an important role in the development of the Association of International Schools in Africa. He first came to the International School of Tanganyika in August, 1979, knowing nothing about the organization, but soon understood its importance in supporting teachers and administrators working in difficult circumstances. By the time he attended his first conference in 1980, he was already contributing his ideas and suggestions for strengthening conferences and other AISA activities. In 1980, he was elected to the AISA board, where he supported such new initiatives as the hiring of a part time Executive Director. In 1981, he was elected president of the AISA board, the first non-American to hold the position. He continued his work with the board in setting out more visionary plans for the future, particularly in developing conferences on both sides of the continent to enable more people to attend and benefit from the training provided.
AISA is fortunate to have benefitted from Mike Maybury’s support during its formative years. While he served for a relatively brief moment in time, he nevertheless exerted his energy and considerable leadership capabilities to improve the organization and help set its priorities for the future. Mike recently contributed his thoughts about AISA for the History of AISA book, demonstrating his continuing interest in the organization, even after these more than 30 years since he left Africa. He is remembered by those who knew him as a driving force, a visionary leader and a jovial colleague. To have known him is truly to never forget him. AISA extends its condolences to his wife, Heather and to the Maybury family during this time of loss.
From Left: Mike Maybury with AISA Executive Director Chuck Kite, AISA conference, 1983
The 2020 AISA Global Issues Service Summit (AISA-GISS 2020) is currently taking place at the International Community School of Abidjan. The summit's theme is N’Zassa: Together we are whole. The word ‘N’Zassa’ means ‘mixture’ in the Akan languages spoken by several ethnic groups in Cote d’Ivoire. This word can also be used to describe the value of mixing of cultures, ideas, concepts to improve desired outcomes.
In the next two days, Students will explore the importance of the collaborative contribution of all members of the society in addressing global issues and attaining sustainable development through the AISA GISS programme pillars of collaboration, growth and interdependence.
The summit has started with a warm welcome from AISA's Executive Director, Dr. Peter Bateman. Please click here to view his speech.
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