The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), established in 1969, is a non-profit education association supporting the professional learning and school improvement strategies of international schools on the continent of Africa. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, AISA offers a professional learning program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of our diverse member school community. AISA also offers a number of supplementary programs, scholarships and facilitates collaboration among member schools to advance school effectiveness and improve student learning.
AISA currently has 73 member schools across 34 countries. Schools vary in size from less than 100 students to over 2,000. Some are non-profit, others proprietary; some offer an American curriculum, others the British others the IB or a combination of all three. Together, these schools serve approximately 27,000 students supported by over 3,000 teachers.
AISA membership also includes some 75 Associate Members that are comprised of businesses, organizations and universities throughout the world whose primary mission is to serve the various needs of schools.
When asked about being the Executive Director of AASSA, Paul Poore responded; "After spending 28 years living overseas, I was fortunate to be hired as the Executive Director of the AASSA region--the only region of the world I had neither lived in nor traveled to. I am fortunate to work with our member schools in vibrant and culturally rich Latin America. AASSA is a unique regional organization in that we provide not only professional development for our region which includes South American, Central American and Caribbean schools, but we also provide key services for our members such as an annual Recruiting Fair, Purchasing and Payroll Processing."
AASSA was formed in 1961 and formally founded in 1977 as a non-profit 501(C) 3 association: to discover and develop ways and means for improving understanding through international education; to improve upon the quality of teaching and learning in Association schools; to facilitate communication and cooperative action between and among all Association schools; and to facilitate cooperative action with national, state, local or non-governmental agencies in the field of international education. AASSA's mission is to provide and promote programs and services to member schools whose primary language of instruction is English in order to enhance the quality of American and international education in the Americas.