AOP Participates in First Global Connect Conference

Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019

From April 12-19 (with 24 hours of travel on each end), Chris Lundy, AOP’s educational consultant for international schools, visited South Africa to visit current customers and participate in the first Global Connect Conference. Read her story to see how Ignitia online curriculum is changing students’ lives in the Eastern Hemisphere’s southernmost country.

When I first arrived in South Africa, my hosts with Switched-On Education, Ltd (SOEL)—Graham & Cheryl Hill, Daniel Govender, and Barry Stead—were so kind as to take me on a true African safari over the weekend. We went to Pilanesberg National Park, slept in very fancy tents, and went on 2 three-hour game drives on Saturday and Sunday.

On Monday we visited Jahari Christian School, which was the very first school to come on board with SOEL in South Africa in September 2018. Located just over 20 miles east of Johannesburg in the town of Benoni, Jahari Christian is a K-12 school with 50 students. The school owners and administrators are Corrie and Madelaine Vermaak.

Tuesday, we traveled two hours southwest to visit Lofdal Christian School in the mining town of Stilfontein. Led by Principal Hendrik Malan, Lofdal is a K-12 school with 150 students who started with SOEL in January 2019.

During the week we also brought on a new school with 42 seats starting immediately, and another that is moving to a brand new building and will start with 300 students at the beginning of their new school year in January 2020.

On Wednesday and Thursday, we prepped for and held the first user conference, Global Connect 2019, for the 13 schools (45 attendees) that have begun using Ignitia through Switched-On Education, Ltd. out of the United Kingdom. We had a wonderful time of worship and prayer!

I spoke about the biblical basis of Ignitia, the pedagogy of Ignitia, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and various blended learning models. SOEL presented their new graduation options through either Cambridge testing (UK) or a U.S. high school diploma. They are already planning for next year’s conference in April 2020 where they anticipate having at least twice as many attendees. They’ve even already invited me to come back and participate again!

The attendees were very excited about their first few months of using the program. Even though they mostly just started working in Ignitia in January, they are seeing great success and progress in their students. The kids are loving the online program and many who were previously bored with school are really engaging and taking responsibility for their learning.

It was wonderful to see the great things that are happening in Christian education in South Africa!

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