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The East African : Aug 16th 2015
The EastAfrican 38 Special advertising section INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN EA AUGUST 15-21, 2015 Growing economies and middle class driving A study by the International School Consultancy released early this years predicts that the number of international schools in Africa is set to more than double in the next 10 years By A CORRESPONDENT The EastAfrican ≥egion as well as ≥esident fo≥eigne≥s and expat≥iates who bank on the un≥ivalled benefits of the system, which gua≥antees continuity both in co-cu≥≥icula≥ and ext≥a-cu≥≥icula≥ activities. Hill C≥est Inte≥national, I Gems Inte≥national, Kitengela Inte≥national and Inte≥national School of Kenya (ISK) a≥e some of the leading institutions that o≠e≥ a system of education that is ≥ecognised globally. Gems, with campuses in Nai≥obi and Kampala, offe≥s the England cu≥≥iculum with a c≥ite≥ia that allows students and pa≥ents’ insight into the way in which p≥og≥ess is made in di≠e≥ent lea≥ning stages. Gems impa≥ts c≥itical thinking, p≥oblem solving, independent lea≥ning and collabo≥ation as well as pe≥sonal and social lea≥ning skills of individual lea≥ne≥s aged six months to 18 yea≥s. At Hillc≥est Inte≥national School located in Nai≥obi, students follow the B≥itish national cu≥≥iculum, and wo≥k towa≥ds the inte≥nationally ≥ecognised Common Ent≥ance examinations at the end of yea≥ 8 in the p≥epa≥ato≥y school. Hillc≥est Ea≥ly Yea≥s and Hillc≥est P≥epa≥ato≥y accept students f≥om 18 months old into the Playg≥oup, to 13 yea≥s old but in exceptional ci≥cumstances, the≥e may be child≥en in the school who have ≥eached thei≥ 14th bi≥thday p≥io≥ to the end of Yea≥ 8. Kitengela Inte≥national School o≠e≥s Edexcel Inte≥national cu≥≥iculum followed f≥om Yea≥ 1 to Yea≥ 6, then Edexcel lowe≥ seconda≥y yea≥ 7 to yea≥ 9 afte≥ which students p≥epa≥e fo≥ Edexcel Inte≥national GCSE (yea≥ 10 and 11) and Edexcel GCE A Level examinations — Edexcel is an Inte≥national B≥itish education and examination boa≥d. The school o≠e≥s the Kenyan 8-4-4 system to Kenyan and Inte≥national pupils aged 3 to 18 yea≥s. IGCSE stands fo≥ ?????, and “is an examination p≥og≥amme ope≥ated by the Unive≥sity of Camb≥idge Local Examinations Syndicate which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of students nte≥national schools established in East Af≥ica a≥e att≥acting students who a≥e citizens in the studying in English medium inte≥national schools. Inte≥national School of Ken- ya (ISK) cate≥s fo≥ p≥e-kinde≥ga≥ten to g≥ade 12 pupils with own developed cu≥≥iculum. “As an inte≥national school, with a dive≥se ≥ange of cultu≥es, no single national cu≥≥iculum fits ou≥ needs. We have the≥efo≥e designed ou≥ own, adapting ou≥ standa≥ds f≥om a numbe≥ of highly dependable sou≥ces,” says the school on its website. The sou≥ces include Ame≥- ican Education Reaches Out (AERO), a p≥oject suppo≥ted by the US State Depa≥tment’s O∞ce of Ove≥seas Schools (A/OPR/OS) and the Ove≥seas Schools Adviso≥y Council to assist schools in developing and implementing standa≥dsbased cu≥≥icula and the diploma p≥og≥ammes of the Inte≥national Baccalau≥eate O≥ganisation. (IB). The≥e has been a g≥ow- ing demand fo≥ inte≥national schools in the ≥egion that o≠e≥ va≥ious cu≥≥iculum to cate≥ fo≥ citizens, ≥esident fo≥eigne≥s and expat≥iates in the ≥egion. This is due to un≥ivalled benefits of the system, which gua≥antees continuity both in cocu≥≥icula≥ and ext≥a-cu≥≥icula≥ activities. The ≥egion is a hub fo≥ inte≥national o≥ganisations an inc≥eased demand to match cu≥≥iculums in Ge≥man, B≥itain and is g≥owing. A study by the Inte≥national School Consultancy ≥eleased ea≥ly this yea≥s p≥edicts that the numbe≥ of inte≥national schools in Af≥ica is set to mo≥e than double in the next 10 yea≥s with Kenya, Egypt and Nige≥ia being the top th≥ee count≥ies expected to see this g≥owth given the g≥owing GDP and ≥ising middle class. Acco≥ding to Nicholas B≥ummitt, ISC chai≥man, g≥owth in income comes with a demand fo≥ an English-medium inte≥national school education and this becomes high on the list of p≥io≥ities fo≥ many families. ISC p≥edicts that the numbe≥ of English-medium inte≥national schools will inc≥ease f≥om to 1,518 institutions by 2025 f≥om the cu≥≥ent 722, with en≥olment expected to inc≥ease by 113 pe≥ cent to 625,000 students. Egypt is the count≥y with the most inte≥national schools in Af≥ica, with 183, followed by Nige≥ia and Kenya with 129 each and 64 ≥espectively. Bateman explained that the inte≥- The International School of Kenya celebrates the grand opening of its new Elementary School Complex, in Nairobi on August 12, 2015; Right: Hillcrest Preparatory School students perform a gymnastics showcase during school assembly. Pics: Courtesy of the schools national education ma≥ket in these count≥ies is g≥owing in co≥≥elation with othe≥ facto≥s. “Kenya has a fai≥ly majo≥ hub fo≥ the UN, and because UN families a≥e b≥inging thei≥ child≥en he≥e, the≥e is a demand fo≥ inte≥national education as well. But also the economic development of those count≥ies is moving fo≥wa≥d successfully,” said M≥ B≥ummitt in the ≥epo≥t. P≥esence of inte≥national o≥ganisations in the ≥egion implies wo≥ke≥s in those o≥ganisations desi≥e to have a continuity in a cu≥≥iculum fo≥ thei≥ child≥en, simila≥ to what they would have had befo≥e the families ≥elocated to Af≥ica. To meet the needs of all lea≥ne≥s, the inte≥national schools have established a wide ≥ange of cu≥≥iculum and co-cu≥≥iculum suppo≥t se≥vices. At Gems, students who ≥equi≥e a mo≥e vocational-o≥iented education ≥athe≥ than a pu≥ely academic one a≥e given oppo≥tunities to do so. All schools have counselling, safety, sanitation and spo≥ts p≥og≥ammes, placing them above most of the local standa≥ds.
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