Who is ACSI?
What role is ACSI playing in Africa?
In 2001, in response to the All Africa Educators’ conference held by the Association of Christian Schools in South Africa, the first ACSI Africa office was opened in South Africa. In order to fulfil the mandate of the Pretoria conference, ACSI South Africa started a process of reaching other African countries. In Africa, ACSI has become the catalyst that is bringing together men and women who are burdened with need to advance the Great Commission through education that is Christ-centered. (extracts from Africa Roundtable 2012)
In 2012 Zimbabwean representatives Sarah Cross and Kevin Ricquebourg attended the ACSI Africa Roundtable 2, in Johannesburg, South Africa and pledged their support of the Declaration regarding the Contribution of Christian Education to the Transformation of Africa. It was felt that in promoting Christian Education in Zimbabwe the most suitably equipped organisation that we could align ourselves with was the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
ACSI Africa already existed and in this regard a core group of those who ascribed to ACSI Global goals was needed to get the ball rolling. The accreditation process made these goals clearer in terms of establishing ACSI Zimbabwe, and both Gateway Primary School and Midlands Christian College began the process and were awarded full international accreditation in 2016.
The current headmaster of MCC, Mr Daniel Pswarai, felt that Christians should not be apologetic about their beliefs concerning how education should be undertaken with God’s ultimate goal in mind, and therefore a team worked together representing various Christian Schools, from 2012 up until 2017 planning how to offer support and an umbrella body to the ever growing demand for Christian education within Zimbabwe.
In Feb 2017 a constitution was drawn up and adopted and an official ACSI Zimbabwe Advisory Board was formed, consisting of 12 members . These are:
- Mrs C. Chirume
- Mrs S. Cross
- Mrs C. Deysel
- Mr G. Faneti
- Mr A. Gatsi
- Dr J. Marwisa
- Mrs G. Martin
- Mrs M. Martin
- Mr T. Mashungu
- Mr D. Pswarai
- Mr K. Ricquebourg
- Mr M. Warhurst
The initial school members for ACSI Zimbabwe were Gateway Primary School, Gateway High school, Gateway Christian Teachers College, Midlands Christian College, Lendy Park.
It was felt that God had directed in small steps the opportunity and need for Christian Education to impact Zimbabwe’s educational sector and this was the time and place for ACSI to support schools in Zimbabwe and provide training, guidance and leadership for Christian Education.
So in faith, and continuing to look to God for His provision and guidance, we became a recognised association, and we look forward to seeing where God will lead us-the aim being to establish an ACSI Office in Zimbabwe which will provide support and teacher training for member schools and therefore impact our Nation and hopefully even our continent with a Biblical World View through education, changing the lives of both the educator and the one being educated, in turn changing the community in which we live, all to the glory of God, the Way the Truth and the Life.
The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) was founded in 1978 when several regional U.S. school associations joined, becoming a united voice to advance excellence in Christian education. The leaders’ vision was to inspire, challenge, and resource educators and schools. First headquartered in La Habra, California, ACSI moved to an expanded facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1994. Today, ACSI serves nearly 24,000 schools in more than 100 countries.
As an association we are committed to:
Biblical Fidelity and Prayer
Immerse ourselves in the Holy Scriptures and prayer, both individually and corporately; consistently measure all association actions, programs, and resources against the teachings of the Word of God; and recognize our total dependence on Him.
Biblical Foundation and Focus on Jesus Christ
Serve schools and educators that represent a range of evangelical, Protestant backgrounds; all our schools and educators will hold to the ACSI Statement of Faith.
Members We Serve
Allocate our resources, including time and finances, in such a way as to bring maximum benefit to our members, and respond promptly to constituent needs.
Act with faithfulness and integrity and exercise diligence in program administration, with thoroughness and research-based expertise in the production of resources, and with fiscal accountability, realizing that ACSI ultimately belongs to God and we ultimately answer to Him for all we do with that which He has entrusted to our care.
Diverse Worldwide Constituency
Be authentically international in structure and practice, promoting international, national, and regional organizational leadership for the mutual benefit of all member schools; develop programs, resources, and services with all constituents in mind, utilizing insights learned from colleagues from around the world and evidencing the high value we place on gender, ethnic, age, and cultural differences.
Staff and Their Growth
Establish personnel resource and organizational policies and practices that encourage equitable and competitive wages, support for continuing professional growth, and commitment to collaborative goal setting, accountability, and consistent implementation of evaluation systems.
Influence public policy and public perception that have an impact on Christian schools and the rights of Christian educators everywhere, seek appropriate representation to protect the rights of parents to be free to choose the educational program that in their view best meets the educational and spiritual needs of their children, and work in collaboration with families, churches, governments, and other leaders and organizations to promote school compliance with all applicable laws and to promote the ability of private individuals or groups to establish and support Christian schools without restriction or reservation.
ACSI Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).
- We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
- We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33), His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35), His sinless life (Hebrews 4: 15, 7:26), His miracles (John 2:11), His vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9), His Resurrection (John 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:4), His Ascension to the right hand of God (Mark 16:19), His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11).
- We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God’s grace and through faith alone are we saved (John 3:16–19, 5:24; Romans 3:23, 5:8–9; Ephesians 2:8–10; Titus 3:5).
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28–29).
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:12–13, Galatians 3:26–28).
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:13–14; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19–20; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18).
- We believe that the term marriage has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18–25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2–5; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God’s command is that there be no sexual intimacy outside of or apart from marriage between a man and a woman.
- We believe that God wonderfully foreordained and immutably created each person as either male or female in conformity with their biological sex. These two distinct yet complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26–27).
Our Statement of Faith is not exhaustive of all of our beliefs. The Bible, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with absolute authority regarding the proper conduct of mankind and is the unchanging foundation for all belief and behavior. The ACSI Board of Directors holds final interpretive authority on biblical meaning and application with regard to faith, doctrine, policy, practice, and discipline.
2.2.1 First Application
3. Membership requirements
3.1 Termination of Membership
3.1.1 Renewal of terminated members
4. 1. Outstanding Fees
The Association of Christian Schools International (Zimbabwe’s) vision is to, “Enable Christian educators and schools in Zimbabwe to effectively prepare students for life “. The ACSI Zimbabwe office supports this vision and endeavours to assist member schools to reach this.
ACSI offers the following services to member schools:
- 10% discount for in-service courses offered under ACSI auspices
- 10% discount for Annual Conference registration
The assistance and support is made possible because of the membership fees paid to the association, without the financial commitment from member schools the office will not be able to function. It is thus a symbiotic relationship between the Association and the member schools.
Membership to the association is open to schools that ascribe to the Association’s Code of Ethics, Statement of Faith and Core Beliefs. The Association does not discriminate on basis of race or gender and is committed to assist schools in the wider spectrum of Christian education in Zimbabwe.
The Association operates within the guidelines of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
2.1 Conditions: (To be read in conjunction with: The ACSI Statement of Faith; Values and Mission; Core Beliefs) Any school applying for membership must:
- Have a definite Biblically-based ethos set out in a Vision and Mission Statement
- Sign the ACSI Statement of Faith.
- Sign the ACSI Code of Ethics and thus abide by the ethical practises as set out by ACSI. While ACSI recognises the autonomy of each independent Christian school, schools that join the association must undertake to abide by ACSI ethical practices at all times.
- Commit to the financial obligation to ACSI
- Should a member school be in breach of such practice with ACSI, membership of ACSI may be suspended or terminated.
- Be a registered school in Zimbabwe
- Before membership can be granted the school will be visited by an ACSI representative(s) to determine that the above is in place.
- During this visit the ACSI representative(s) will explain the role and services of ACSI to the authoritative body or their representative(s).
- On completion of the visit if the delegation is satisfied that the school meets the relevant criteria, the school will be granted a registration certificate and number valid for one year after payment has been effected.
3. Membership requirements:
- Membership to ACSI is granted for a whole year (twelve months).
- Membership must be renewed annually.
- Currently membership fee is $1.00 per pupil per year.
- Fees must be paid for all enrolled students even those on a bursary paid by the school
3.1 Termination of Membership:
- Schools falling into arrears will be suspended after 3 months and unless written notice is
received from the school requiring special dispensation, ACSI will continue to invoice the school until receipt of the letter. The school will be held responsible for the outstanding amount. • If the school does not abide by the ethical practises as set out by ACSI, membership will be terminated.
- Should a school decide to discontinue its membership with ACSI, a term’s notice must be given and levies must be paid during the notice period. No paid levies will be refunded. Note that membership can only be resumed after 12 months have elapsed.
3.1.1 Renewal of terminated members:
- Terminated members who reapply to join ACSI Zimbabwe will have to go through the same process as new members.
4. Fee Structure:
- The ACSI Zimbabwe Executive Committee at the annual Executive Committee meeting determines the annual membership fee structure which will be approved at the AGM.
- Schools will be informed about the following year’s membership fee during September of the previous year to enable schools to budget accordingly.
4.2 Outstanding Fees:
- The defaulting school will be readmitted to full ACSI membership once all the payments (arrears and current levies) are up to date
The choice you make for your children’s education shapes them academically, spiritually, and in their worldview and skills. At Christian schools, the faculty and staff are equipped to address each of these developing areas of a child’s life. These schools take seriously the responsibility to develop children’s minds, but they don’t distance God from academics. They know that developing skills in young people is essential to helping them reach their God-given potential.
Christian educators help cultivate a worldview in which God has His rightful place, and they look to the Bible for guidance in answering life’s big questions. These teachers enhance children’s spiritual development in an intentional, nurturing manner.
A Christian education at an ACSI member school will help your child grow spiritually, academically, and culturally. In fact, the recent Cardus Education Survey and other education studies show that ACSI schools develop the whole child better than any other type of school.