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)
|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)|
LearnCloud is the portal through which schools and learners access a wide range of quality on-line learning resources and programmes. AcePlus is housed on LearnCloud. AcePlus is a programme of supplementary learning materials designed to specifically support the learner following the A.C.E. curriculum.
Visit the LearnCloud Portal
Leading from your Strengths (LFYS)
The LFYS Leadership Profile is an online assessment that gives insights into the participant’s natural strengths, and how these strengths are operating in the participant’s circumstances.
The LFYS online survey measures:
- Your general manner of responding to problems and challenges
- How you influence others
- The ways in which you respond to the pace of your environment
- Your general and specific responses to rules and procedures set by others.
For more information contact Lyn Aird.