On Thursday 17th May, Alphacrucis College was honoured to welcome Mr Samuel Davis Hiire, Director of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) in Uganda. Mr Hiire was accompanied by Ms Sue Skuthorpe, CEO of New Hope International.
ASCI has 170 affiliated schools in Uganda, a country where 90% of the population are committed Christians who attend church regularly. Although relatively small by African standards, Uganda is about the same size as the United Kingdom. Within its 241,000 square kilometres, 42 million people live, of whom 48% are aged 14 and under.
This situation poses immense challenges for educators in Uganda. The current educational situation in the country has been described as ‘dysfunctional’, largely because of short-sightedness in planning, weak infrastructure, poor governance and the lack of challenging training provided to teachers.
During his visit to Alphacrucis’ Parramatta campus, Mr Hiire met with three senior members of the Faculty of Education, Arts and Social Science: Professor Mark Hutchinson (Dean), Dr David Hastie (Associate Dean) and Dr Stephen Codrington (Director of School Governance and Leadership Development).
The meeting represented a fascinating exchange of ideas, knowledge and insights as the challenges of Christian Education in our two continents were discussed.