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From The Executive Director’s Desk: Strengthening the Connection

POSTED: April 14, 2020Category: Executive Director BlogBY: Barnabas Suva

By Dr. Peter Bateman, AISA Executive Director

Benjamin Disraeli once said, “There is no education like adversity.” He could not have known of the profundity that this statement would have almost two centuries later, but it certainly has some significance as education professionals around the world navigate a new normal through this COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of our mandate to support international schools and educators across Africa, AISA has created a dedicated COVID-19 Support Portal to assist our members through this time of adversity and beyond.

Since the launch of the AISA COVID-19 Support Portal on 2 April 2020, its value has already been proven, with almost 1000 education professionals visiting the site to access valuable resources, current news and information and enjoy the community interaction it facilitates.

The site includes a number of useful features, including:

  • Latest News: A newsfeed of COVID-19 updates, alerts, news, articles of interest and studies relating to schools and educators.
  • Resource Library: A searchable database of shared resources for school leadership, educators, counsellors and other education professionals. Categories include:
        • Blended/online learning
        • Health and Wellbeing
        • School Policies and Templates
  • Upcoming Webinars and Webinar Library: A calendar of upcoming webinars across a wide range of topics, and a library of past webinars for easy reference.
  • Discussion Forums: Chat forums that facilitate and encourage sharing of information, resources, advice and support amongst education communities.
  • AISA Member School Map: An interactive map showing the status of AISA member schools during the COVID-19 school closures; showing which schools are open, online or closed and when they plan to re-open.
  • Latest COVID-19 Stats (Africa) – Detailed and up-to-date data on the status of COVID-19 in the African region.

However, like so many of AISA’s initiatives and programmes, this portal’s real value is amplified by the engagement and contribution of our members, partners and associates. We are so grateful for the many supporters and contributors who have added to the wealth of information and resources this portal offers.

We invite you to become active participants and users of the portal and help us realise its full potential.

Click here to visit the portal

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