Adult and student safety and wellbeing is a critical foundation for learning. AISA believes that all students and staff, regardless of age, special needs, gender, race, culture, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or family circumstance have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse. We are committed to helping member schools embrace diversity and inclusion and create communities where all are safe, nurtured, respected, accepted and protected.
AISA’s DEIJ programme is a vital component of our Wellbeing for ALL goal, for if we are serious about promoting the wellbeing for all, it is incumbent upon us to work toward eradicating inequality, injustice, and exclusion in international schools in Africa. We are steadfast in our commitment to supporting the staff and students in member schools as they co-create new systems and structures that promote the belonging and thriving of all.
To guide us in this effort, AISA has established a DEIJ Design Team, which includes a diverse representation of individuals from AISA member schools who bring to the team their unique experience, skills, and perspectives pertinent to BIPOC Educators, LGBTQ+ Educators, Women Educators, among others.
AISA would like to acknowledge and thank the members of the DEIJ Design Team that include:
In an effort to support schools on their journey to creating more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just (DEIJ) school communities for educators and students, AISA has embarked on an ambitious project to create a DEIJ Guide that will signpost how schools can develop and further their DEIJ goals.
But we need your help. It is important to us that this guide reflect the hopes and dreams you have for how international schools might be, should our radical dream of fully diverse, equitable, inclusive and just schools be realised.
How might you reimagine your international school? What would a school that fully embraced DEIJ look and feel like? How might this be different from your school today?
We are inviting all AISA members (staff and students) to share your radical dream for international schools –this might take the form of a:
Essentially, we welcome any submission that communicates your hope and vision for the future of international schools. Submissions will be included in the AISA DEIJ Guide which will be freely available to international schools globally.
Be part of the change and help us make change happen.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.orgSubmit your radical dreamView Radical Dreams
The purpose of an AISA Affinity Group is to provide an online safe space for AISA members that share a commonality or identity. The purpose of affinity groups is to foster a sense of connection and belonging, where people can come together to share experiences, challenges, and ideas. Affinity Groups should be a place of acceptance, where members feel supported by a nurturing environment of mutual care and respect.
Membership of AISA Affinity Groups is open to any member of staff at an AISA member school.
AISA affinity groups include:
AISA provides various learning events and webinars focused on diversity, equality, inclusion, and justice that are only available for AISA members.
To find a DEIJ learning event, simply look for the DEIJ symbol that indicates that the webinar or learning event is DEIJ focused.
If you missed any of our previous DEIJ webinars, you can find these on our Learning Channel.
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As a new AISA Programme, we are in the process of building a range of diversity, equality, inclusion, and justice resources collected from some of the most respected experts in the field.
If you have some resources to share or have come across some outstanding exemplars, we welcome your contribution to our growing online knowledge hub.SUBMIT A RESOURCE View Resources for StudentsView Resources for SchoolsView Resources for Educators
AISA has joined the Diversity Collaborative, a global community of like-minded educational professionals committed to creating and sustaining a more diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just international school community through its focus on leadership.
The Diversity Collaborative conducts research on the leadership pipeline and recruitment practices, provides leadership development, and advocates for international school communities to critically reflect on diversity or the lack thereof, develop equity-minded stakeholders, promote inclusive environments and serve as social justice activist.
AISA Learning Partners are trusted consultants who are world class leaders in their areas of expertise. Listed on our website are consultants that we, or our member schools, would recommend to support your school improvement plans.See all AISA Associates
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