In Ghana, Akwaaba means welcome.  I’m more than happy to extend the greeting to all that have been a part of this fantastic first week of #AfricaEd.

Tuesday marked the first edition of #AfricaEd. I honestly had no idea what to expect and was prepared to watch my Twitter feed stare back at me blankly throughout the day. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks in large part to my friends at #BFC530 who threw their support behind me with a simulchat to help launch and the support of the Association of International Schools in Africa  who published an article promoting our chat, as well as all who participated, I think I can call it a success.

We had two chats this week and each produced some good conversations. Connections and ideas have been created and shared along with a few laughs. One of the fantastic aspects was not only the global connections, but the ones that were made within my own campus at Lincoln Community School.  Funny how it works that way sometimes.

Now comes the work to see if we can continue to create a true community of educators.  I hope that as the chat continues we will not only grow our community of international schools and educators but also find ways to gain perspective from local teachers and education leaders in our communities. I think that’s where the conversation could get really interesting.

So thanks to all of you who participated, looked in, browsed the site, thought about it and supported it.  I look forward to making more connections in the weeks, months and years to come.


Below is a map created from a quick scan of participants in this week’s chat.

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