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With a team of seven now in post, Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Director Juan Visser feels Cambridge International Examinations is well prepared to meet growing demand for Cambridge programmes.
“The main driver for growth is parents’ desire to get the best possible education for their children,” says Juan. “A general rise in living standards has promoted a greater appreciation of the benefits of international education, and of Cambridge – a well-respected and trusted brand, with a long history in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
A key benefit of Cambridge qualifications is excellent recognition, especially from higher education institutions, says Juan: “Cambridge qualifications are recognised worldwide, and by many of the world’s leading universities. We provide plenty of information on qualification recognition to help students – and their parents – make the right choices.”
The newly expanded team will provide a much-needed local presence, explains Juan: “Geographically, our schools network is spread over a huge area, so by expanding our local team we can increase the level of locally delivered school support, such as teacher training events, and also school development and recognition services. We have opened an office in Accra, Ghana, to support our West Africa schools, and also in Nairobi, Kenya, for East Africa. The regional Cambridge office, based in Pretoria, South Africa also supports Southern Africa."
“We find that local staff have a really good understanding of the day-to-day issues facing our schools, and although Cambridge offers excellent online teacher support, schools will now have a local contact able to provide more specific help and advice. We will also be able to run more local events as we now have a dedicated in-region Training Coordinator. These events will support professional development, and give teachers the opportunity to meet our staff and discuss the type of support they need now, and in the future.”
Contact our team in Sub-Saharan Africa