The System of Education
The system of education presents a compelling solution to the serious challenges currently faced in South Africa and many developing countries.
Countries such as South Korea, Singapore and Finland feature in the top rankings of global education standards. There are many stark differences in the systems and models that each country uses. However, academic rigor, discovery learning as well as content and skill mastery are cornerstone concepts that are common and feature strongly in each. The AEE system of education embraces the A.C.E. curriculum and is based on the well-researched methodology of a personalised system of instruction (PSI) (Keller 1968). The system creates opportunity for a learner to work in an individualised self-paced manner that embraces discovery learning and mastery learning.
Mastery Learning is another well researched (Bloom, 1968) and proven approach that relates to the rigorous assessment procedures that require learners to achieve and demonstrate consistently very high mastery (80%) over relatively small units of content. Individuals are allowed the time required to achieve mastery and may not progress until it is achieved. This results in motivated learners taking ownership over their own progress.
“Almost any child can master almost any subject given enough time and a variety of instructional methods.” (Benjamin Bloom)
Unfortunately, the current model of public education in many emerging countries on the continent is designed and implemented in a way that limits time and is dependent on the teacher teaching. As a result learners “pass” an annual test/exam and move on to new, more challenging content, when in fact they have large gaps in real understanding and certainly in mastery! The learner who is not able to maintain a high standard and fast pace starts to fall behind and, sadly, real potential is not realised. The AEE system of education is a modern methodology based on years of research and is evident in countries that are leaders in education. As it deviates from the current “modus-operandi” in public education, it is often not well understood. However, the system has a proven track record world-wide and has been available in South Africa (A.C.E. curriculum) for over thirty years and globally for more than 50 years. Apart from providing quality education, the system is not reliant on expensive resources. The system of education has been implemented with great success in both well-resourced economically affluent areas, as well as in rural and under-resourced environments. Inherent to the model is an EQ component that prescribes to a set of honourable, biblical values that promote personal development and raises the youth in a positive and accountable manner.
The AEE system of education provides a compelling solution to the serious challenges currently faced in South Africa and many developing countries.
A.C.E. & AEE Curriculum Products
AEE offers international and local learning materials for all stages and levels of education, from pre-school to Grade 12. In keeping with our mission of empowering Africa through the distribution and implementation of effective education solutions, our materials support a personalised system of instruction (PSI). Our world-class, end-to-end education solutions meet best practice academic standards and are designed to include character and wisdom building units for life and living.
The Benefits of the AEE Programme
- Personalised System of Instruction (PSI)
- Academic Excellence
- Individualised Instruction
- Mastery Based Learning
- Self-Paced Learning
- Biblical Values
- Character Building
- Reasoning Skills and Critical Thinking
- Computer Enhanced Learning
- Diagnostic Testing
A.C.E. Curriculum Products
AEE is the distributing agent for the Accelerated Christian Education Programme (A.C.E.). The product range commences at the Early Childhood Development (ECD) stage with Step-by-Step for Tiny Tots, (AEE product) then progresses to the “Reading Readiness” programme for Grade R through to the “Learning to Read” in Grade 1 and continues in the foundation, intermediate, senior and FET phases.
For mission schools, product kits called “Shape” (Grade R) and “Leap”(Grade 1) are provided. Additional product offerings called “English as Your Second Language” and “Speaking English with Ace and Christi” and “ABC’s for English Learners” and “Videophonics” are available to assist in the teaching of English to learners whose home language is not English.
A.E.E. CURRICULUM PRODUCTS
AEE provides materials to equip students for the National Benchmark Test (NBT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
All the South African developed material aligns with the requirements of the National Curriculum Statements (NCS) and Curriculum and Policy Statements (CAPS) of South Africa SEE SUBJECT LIST BELOW*. The curriculum is updated on an on-going basis to keep materials relevant.
AEE LearnCloud is the AEE online portal and provides an increasing collection of e-learning resources which are designed to assist learners as the progress on their education journey. AcePlus supports the A.C.E curriculum and is now incorporated into the LearnCloud platform.
Curriculum Products Summary
- Step-by-Step for Tiny Tots (developed in SA but is also applicable to other countries in Africa)
- Pre-school with Ace and Christi (Grade R)
- Shape Kit (Mission schools equivalent of grade R)
- Grade 1 – Grade 12
- ABCs learning to read programme (grade 1)
- Leap Kit (mission schools equivalent of grade 1)
3. Home Schooling (as above)
- Grade R – Grade 12
4. Additional Programmes & Products
- Speaking English with Ace and Christi (A.C.E.)
- English as Your Second Language (A.C.E.)
- ABC’s For English Learners (A.C.E.)
- Videophonics (A.C.E.)
- Career Guidance Development Grade 8 – Grade 12 (AEE)
- Online AcePlus video lessons (AEE)
- Supplementary Curriculum:
– Social Sciences and Humanities
– Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance
– Music and Art
|1||Mathematics; Social Studies; Life Skills manual; Projects manual||ABCs Learning to read programme:Mathematics; English; Word Building; Animal Science; Bible Reading; Science; Social Studies|
|2||Mathematics; Afrikaans; Social Studies; Life Skills manual; Projects manual (includes Creative Art and Technology)||Mathematics; English; Word Building; Animal Science; Bible Reading; Science; Social Studies|
|3||Mathematics; English; Afrikaans; Social Studies; Life Skills manual; Projects manual||Mathematics; English; Word Building; Literature and creative writing; Bible Reading; Science; Social Studies|
|4||Mathematics; English; Afrikaans; Social Studies; Life Skills manual; Projects manual||Mathematics; English; Word Building; Literature and creative writing; Bible Reading; Science; Social Studies|
|5||Mathematics; English; Afrikaans; Social Studies; Life Skills manual; Projects manual||Mathematics; English; Word Building; Literature and creative writing; Bible Reading; Science; Social Studies|
|6||Mathematics; English; Afrikaans; Social Studies; Life Skills manual; Projects manual|
|7||Afrikaans; Social Studies; Natural Sciences; EMS; Life Orientation manual; Projects manual||Mathematics; English; Word Building; Literature and creative writing; Science; Social Studies (includes Earth Science)|
|8||Mathematics; Afrikaans; Natural Science; EMS; Life Orientation manual; Projects manual||Mathematics; English; Word Building; Literature; Science (includes Biology) Social Studies (includes Earth Science); Bible|
|9||Mathematics; Afrikaans; Natural Sciences; EMS; Life Orientation manual; Projects manual||Mathematics; English; Word Building; Literature; Science (includes Biology) Social Studies (includes Earth Science); Bible|
|10-12||Mathematics; Maths Literacy; Afrikaans; Life Sciences; Business Studies; Tourism; Visual Arts; Life Orientation||Mathematics; English; Physical Science (includes Physics and Chemistry); History (includes Collectivism; History of Civilization); World Geography; Bible; Electives (includes Music; Etymology; Speech; Christian growth; Introduction to Missions; Origins and Science; Literature; Economics; Basic English Composition; French; Greek; Spanish; College Math; Christian Counselling)|
AEE LearnCloud is the AEE online portal and the learner’s passport to an increasing collection of high quality eLearning resources.
eLearning has completely transformed the way in which learning is taking place. eLearning allows learners to take a proactive approach to their studies and makes learning simpler, easier, and more effective.
AEE LearnCloud is a tool to assist learners as they progress on their education journey using AEE products.
AEE LearnCloud Material
LearnCloud is the AEE eLearning portal. The learning material is developed by AEE in collaboration with curriculum development specialists. AEE ensures that all material is quality-assured, giving you the confidence that content is accurate and age appropriate, suited to the individual learner’s needs.
AcePlus has been integrated into the LearnCloud portal and can be accessed using any digital device that has internet connectivity. AcePlus provides online supplementary learning material to support learners who are working through the A.C.E. curriculum.
How does AcePlus work?
Each learner has their own unique username and login, enabling them to keep track of the PACEs and Courses they are working on and have completed.
The easy-to-use menu system allows a learner to quickly search for a specific PACE or concept.
There are over 300 video lessons for the various grades, and the list is updated monthly via AEE Communicator.
Supervisors and Monitors should indicate to learners which PACEs are linked with specific video lessons.
The video lessons explain concepts differently to the way in which they are explained in the PACE, providing alternative material, enhancing mastery of critical concepts.
On AcePlus, the online lessons relate to specific PACE content, providing supplementary learning material to each concept:
SA M 1048 Pictograph and Bar Graph correct 25
Science 1103 – Cell Organelles Lesson 2
Zulu 3 – Imisindo
Benefits of eLearning:
AcePlus lessons empower learners to take responsibility for their own learning.
eLearning ensures consistent teaching and learners can review the same material several times.
eLearning is flexible, allowing learners to access material at their own convenience and pace.
The AEE LearnCloud App is available for download on GOOGLE Play and The APP Store.
- Individual learners can sign up to use LearnCloud through the website https://learncloud.aeegroup.co.za
- AEE Association Schools LearnCloud together with SchoolManage is automatically included as benefits of the AEE Association.
Contact the AEE Customer Experience Centre (087 820 4858) and start using LearnCloud.
Visit the LearnCloud Portal
SMART LIFE brought to you by Dr Darleen Edwards-Meyer
“When sexuality education becomes sex information it leads to promiscuity and sexually related problems” Dr. Darleen Edwards- Meyer
The SMART CHOICES programme promotes two central SMART themes:
- SMART CHOICES for a SMART Life
- SMART CHOICES for SMART Safety
The programme is a values-based, character building programme that teaches children and young people to make SMART CHOICES to lead a SMART LIFE.
The programme offers a curriculum that can be implemented in schools as an alternative to the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum.
For the Teacher:
The programme provides materials, guidebooks and scripted lesson plans for teachers, parents and counsellors covering the entire programme from Grade R – 12.
For the Learners:
Age-appropriate workbooks are available for all learners Grade R – 12.
For more information, contact Dr Darleen Edwards-Meyer or Accelerated Education Enterprises:
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Facebook: @drdarleen I @aeegroupSA
Dr. Darleen Edwards-Meyer is the Founder and Developer of the SMART LIFE MOVEMENT EDUCATIONAL PACKAGE. She attained a Higher Education Diploma, B.Ed. (Cum Laude); M.Ed. (Cum Laude), a Ph. D in Social Education (investigating problems among youth in the area of Parenting, Sexuality and Alcohol & Drug abuse) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Family and Sexuality Education, all from the University of Pretoria. She has been a Senior lecturer at Vista University, Pretoria University and the University of Stellenbosch, respectively. As a service provider for the Department of Education, numerous official South African programs were developed and implemented in schools and other organizations. She has authored and co-authored various articles and books in this field. The SMART CHOICES program was birthed out of her experience of 24 years in this field. She is currently an education consultant and conducts workshops for master trainers, educators, counselors, parents, and youth.