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Telling AISA’s Story Together
By Areta Williams 07-Dec-17
The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) has a rich aural history whose threads are woven daily in a tapestry of classrooms and playgrounds, staff meetings, training sessions, faculty lounges, and board meetings across the continent. AISA has grown tremendously over the past 50 years. Back in the late 1960s, often isolated and in need of support, international schools began reaching out to each other, leading to the creation of our organization. Today, AISA is a vibrant organization that offers exactly that type of support. There are many familiar stories and also many yet-to-be-told stories about how it all came about over the past half-century. Every year over our annual AISA luncheon held at the AAIE conference, we have enjoyed sharing our stories. Often we laugh at the many absurdities we have observed or experienced. Sometimes we shed tears, recalling a poignant moment. Always, we share our love for our schools and, most especially, the awesome African continent and its gracious people. Now it is time to capture some of these stories in writing. AISA turns 50 in November 2019. To mark this milestone, we are preparing a publication including narratives, photos, and documents that will chronicle our history. We hope to collect information, memories, anecdotes, and images that will help us tell our story and preserve it for others. We are therefore soliciting input from among the thousands of educators who have passed through one or more of our AISA schools. If you have a story, photos, or documents that might support this project, we invite you to submit them to us in the coming weeks. Please send your input to Areta Williams [email protected] and you will receive further guidance about format, length, size of files, etc. Note that by submitting your story you are granting us permission to print it. While it will not be possible for us to use every submission, we will ensure that all contributions go into our digital archive. We reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity and length. Thank you for helping AISA tell its story! [email protected]
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