A Fond Farewell

POSTED: June 4, 2024Category: AISA Articles, NewsBY: Steve

As I step down from my role at AISA, I am filled with immense gratitude for the incredible support you have all shown to AISA and to me personally over the past 15 years. It has been a privilege to work with such a dedicated and inspiring community.

I want to extend a special thanks to the AISA Team and the AISA Board for their unwavering commitment and hard work. Your efforts have been the cornerstone of our success. I am also deeply grateful to the many friends and colleagues I have met along the way. Together, we have shared special events and navigated challenging times, emerging stronger and more connected as a community.

In 1988, I left Australia to explore the world, and my journey led me to Africa, where I found a deep sense of belonging. My time here has been transformative. It taught me the value of cultural diversity and the importance of growing in our understanding of the world. Africa has been full of journeys for me, both in a literal and metaphorical sense.

Literally, I have traveled across the continent visiting many of our member schools, experiencing its diverse landscapes, vibrant cities, and rich traditions firsthand. From the bustling markets in Lagos to the serene savannas of Tanzania, from the spice stalls in Zanzibar to the vineyards in the Cape, each place has offered a unique insight into the vast cultural tapestry that makes up Africa.

Metaphorically, this journey has also been an inward exploration, prompting deep reflection on my own beliefs, values, and identity. Living and working alongside people from various cultures has expanded my understanding and appreciation of what cultural competence is really about.

While my time as the Executive Director of AISA is coming to an end, Africa has become my home, and I am committed to remaining here, continuing to learn from and contribute to this vibrant and diverse continent.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this remarkable journey with AISA. I know the organization is in safe hands with Elizabeth’s arrival as the new Executive Director. I will always cherish the memories we have created together and look forward to staying connected with this wonderful community.

With gratitude and warm regards,

Dr Peter Bateman

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