The mission of the LAHC is to bring together centres of educational excellence reflecting the best of British and international educational practice in order to share expertise for school improvement in a spirit of reciprocal altruism that benefits all parties.
The association caters specifically for schools which give special importance to the English language, both as a medium for communication and as a language of teaching and learning.
The LAHC aims to:
The activities of the association are organised around six hubs - Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro-Sao Paulo and Santiago – with individual schools being able to participate in activities in any of the hubs.
Each hub determines its own modus operando in accordance with the local conditions and the particular needs of that group of schools.
The association is run by an elected Executive Committee, made up of the heads of six schools, each representing one of the hubs, and a full time Executive Officer, appointed by and reporting to the Executive Committee.
Voting at the Annual General Meeting The majority needed to pass a motion at the Annual General Meeting is 66% of members present. Should the attendance be lower than 75% of the membership, the vote will be taken at the Annual General Meeting and absent members will be invited to submit an electronic vote within 10 working days of the Annual General Meeting. The total of the two votes will be communicated to the membership within 12 working days of the Annual General Meeting.
The majority needed to pass a motion by electronic ballot is 66% of votes registered. Where fewer than 75% of members vote, the executive committee will set a limit of 10 working days after the given deadline, in order to secure a 75% return. Should this percentage not be reached, the motion will be temporarily carried by 66% of votes in favour and resubmitted for approval at the following Annual General Meeting.
The idea of forming an association of British schools in Latin America was conceived in September 1995 in Buenos Aires at a conference organised by ESSARP and the British Council. A subsequent meeting in Santiago College later that year laid the foundations for the association and it officially came into being at a meeting of the founder members in The British Schools, Montevideo, in 1996.
The original concept of an association of heads has been broadened to that of an association of schools represented by their heads, committed to "sharing expertise for school improvement". To this end the LAHC Review was developed in 1998 and has become a cornerstone of LAHC's educational purpose.
In 2001 a full-time Executive Officer was appointed to take care of the day to day operation of the association and coordinate the development and implementation of the review. In 2005 non-heads were welcomed to the Annual Conference for the first time and in 2014 students were also invited to attend.
Growth in numbers and in presence within the region has led to recognition and collaboration with international educational organisations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Council of International Schools (CIS), as well as close cooperation with similar associations in other parts of the world (BSME, FOBISIA, COBIS, NABSS) and recognition by the British government. At the same time the educational focus of the association has broadened to include schools with a more international vision, although the British traditions and origins of the majority of member schools remain a defining characteristic of the association.
The development plan is centred on five key areas, each with their own strategic objective:
|AREA||STRATEGIC OBJETIVE||TARGET FOR 2016|
|Membership||Sufficient members to provide financial stability and a critical mass of activity without losing identity.||45 members by the end of 2016.|
|Participation||Every school participating in local, regional and LAHC wide activities on a regular basis.||Participation by at least 80% of member schools in at least one LAHC activity in addition to the Annual Conference in 2016.|
|School improvement||Every member school using LAHC services for improvement.||A minimum of four school reviews programmed for 2017.|
|Communication||Fluid exchange of information within the organisation.||New website, Facebook page and Twitter account fully operational by the end of 2016.|
|Recognition||Recognition of LAHC internationally as a leading educational association.|