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In 2002 a number of heads of Cambridge Centres in Southern Africa decided to form an association to assist and support each other. The new association was seen by Mr Ray Howarth (the CIE representative in South Africa at the time) as a voice which could speak on behalf of Cambridge schools in Southern Africa. A constitution was drawn up and the first AGM was held on 28 February 2003.

Aims of the Association

To promote, encourage and protect the interests of its members

  • To encourage networking between Cambridge schools and teachers
  • To collect and distribute useful information to the members
  • To facilitate the sharing of resources
  • To provide training (National & Regional) to complement the training provided by Cambridge
  • To respond to subject specific requests for assistance or give advice to new Cambridge schools
  • To give advice on university admission (this was key in the years when there was no CIE representative in South Africa)
  • To provide a website to market the association and provide news and support for its members

The Association

Each member school/centre may put forward a representative to attend the AGM. The representative may stand for election and if elected may be part of the executive committee. One person per member school may vote. Potential executive members are valued and welcome. The executive members are people who hold key positions in their schools, with very full timetables, who give up their precious time to manage the affairs of ACESA. They meet on a quarterly basis and respond to the many emails that cross the ACESA Secretary’s desk.


Association of Cambridge Educators of Southern Africa represents a united voice on behalf of member schools to Cambridge Assessment International Education. We aim to assist principals, schools and educators in offering Cambridge qualifications in a Sub-Saharan African context.

Why Cambridge?

Cambridge Assessment International Education is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds, and forms part of the University of Cambridge. As a world leader in providing international programmes and qualifications for school education, we are expanding our international team in Sub-Saharan Africa. Having a dedicated local team is an important part of supporting our growing community of over 1000 Cambridge schools.

How do we assist Southern African Cambridge Member Schools?

We encourage ACESA teachers to share their knowledge, expertise, and experience by participating in the ACESA Subject Discussion Groups and forums, training courses and workshops that have been created specifically for this purpose. This allows all our members the opportunity to exchange ideas and share their knowledge with colleagues across regions, schools and in subject specific areas. This serves to ensure that we harness a methodology of continuous improvement and innovation amongst ourselves as best-practice global practitioners and teachers.