|Category||Christian School Education|
|Title||Exciting Initiatives Around the World|
|Preview||Exciting initiatives continue around the world—Europe, Australia, Uganda, Philippines, China, Asia Pacific, Republic of Korea, and Latin America!|
One of the most exciting services of ACSI Europe is the annual Student Leadership Conference. Led by regional Director Laci Demeter and his team in Budapest, Hungary, this conference provided a dynamic time of spiritual growth for over 345 students from 17 countries, equipping them to lead their peers in a more enthusiastic pursuit of God in their schools.
Dr. Dan Egeler, Julee Davis, and Mike Epp conducted two Spiritual Climate Assessments in two Australian Christian schools, one in Green Point and one in Maitland. This pilot program of ACSI has been conducted in 12 schools so far and proven to be an excellent means for schools to augment the spiritual formation of their students and staff.
August 12, 2015, was the official opening and inauguration of the ACSI Uganda office. An excellent team of Christian educators will be leading the work to serve the 124 current member schools. Pray for ACSI Uganda as they develop their services to our schools in Uganda and English-speaking East Africa.
Evelyn Bumatay, principal of Jubilee Christian Academy in Manila, is now our Country Director for the Philippines. She will work parttime with ACSI while she completes her final year at Jubilee and will become our full-time country director next May. She has already led two student leadership conferences and two large teacher conferences.
ACSI has a partner organization in China that assists the many schools starting within house churches via Spice Mountain College, a teacher training college on the outskirts of Beijing. They have requested guest lecturers from our higher education member institutions and our strongest K-12 schools. A guest lecturer would arrive in Beijing on a Friday, adjust and sightsee on Saturday, go to a house church on Sunday, and lecture Monday-Friday on one of the training topics. If you or someone you know might be interested, contact the Global office at ACSI in Colorado Springs. Most in-country costs are covered by the Chinese educators. Our goal is to mobilize interest to assist in teacher and leadership training. Also, if you know of ACSI member schools who are interested in hosting a Chinese teacher to teach Mandarin for a year, or in hosting one of the students from a Chinese house church, let ACSI know.
Asia Pacific Roundtable
ACSI conducts "roundtable" meetings around the world to bring together Christian school leaders from many organizations to build relationships and to identify issues and strategies that will strengthen the Christian school movement around the world. Roundtable meetings in Africa have resulted in much new collaboration on that continent. In Asia, ACSI has held three roundtables since 2011, the most recent being the Asia Pacific Roundtable, a tremendous success. Leaders from Australia, New Zealand, East Asia, and India came together in Bali, Indonesia, to evaluate region-wide professional development needs of Christian schools and to meet their peers from China and India. The roundtable developed a list of ten new initiatives to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators around the Asia Pacific and South Asia regions.
Republic of Korea
We now have three universities in South Korea approved through the ACSI Higher Education Approval Program (HEAP). This means their graduates receive ACSI Standard Teacher Certificates upon graduation. These Korean Christian universities are preparing teachers for international Christian schools and for the growing Christian alternative school movement in South Korea. We rejoice that teacher training institutions around the world are developing their programs to prepare teachers specifically for service in Christian schools.
Exciting things continue in Latin America! ACSI Latin America is accrediting Spanish-speaking and bilingual schools using a version of the REACH accreditation manual. School leaders are networking more than ever through the Latin America Leadership Academy. This past November over 200 leaders from throughout Latin America met in Costa Rica. They are excited about the summer 2016 release of the ACSI Elementary Bible textbook series in Spanish.
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