In the interests of enabling Christian schools, ACSI convened three successful ACSI Africa Roundtables in 2007, 2012, and 2018. These Roundtables were enriching personal and professional experiences for the participants. The Roundtables had a significant impact on the work of Christian school associations and Christian schools (K-12) on the African continent.
The Africa Roundtable is a type of conference that consists of about three or four world-class plenary speakers who address a theme that is considered important to Christian education on the continent. As part of each plenary presentation, participants meet in roundtables that are grouped according to the African region in which the participants work and/or the leadership roles in which they serve. The Roundtable discussions are facilitated to collaboratively produce a Roundtable declaration.
Africa Roundtable 4 (ART4) will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 21 to 25 August 2023. Africa is facing unprecedented population growth with accompanying challenges. ART4 plenary speakers and Roundtables will focus on the role of the Church in Africa with special attention to the future of church schools and families in Africa.
ART4 will equip participants for their important leadership roles in the years ahead, and the participants will produce a declaration that will significantly contribute to the practice of Christian education on the continent.
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Dove hotel rooms will be allocated on a first registered, first served basis. When all Dove hotel rooms have been registered, participants will be accommodated at a new venue. A shuttle bus will operate to and from the Dove hotel, included in the registration. All meals are to be served at the Dove hotel.
The overarching theme guiding the plenary sessions, roundtable discussions, and discernments toward a roundtable declaration for the ART4 is: “Envisioning the Church and Christian Schooling Together for Africa 2050.” It is aimed at equipping, empowering, and challenging the participants, especially the African church, to rise and take their rightful place in shaping the future of Africa through authentic Christian schooling for social transformation. A breakdown of this into sub-themes for the different plenary sessions (1.5 hours) and discussion roundtables (1 hour) for each of the three days of the event (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) is suggested below.
Registration Cut-off: 30 June 2023
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Delegates need to plan to arrive on August 21 by noon at the latest.
The opening ceremony for ART4 will be held on the evening of August 21 and will be followed by an agape dinner.
Delegates should bring a set of their cultural outfits in which they will dress for the opening ceremony.
Delegates also need to bring a flag of the country which they will be representing at the ART4 (one flag per country will suffice). In terms of size, the flag should be relatively large, approximately 1.5m x 1m (or 5x3ft) to be presentable at the place of the nations.
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