What is ALEA’s mission?
To network, equip and nurture leaders, educators and schools to advance
Christ-centered ministries in Asia.
What is Asia Lutheran Education Association?
Originating in 2002, Asia Lutheran Education Association (ALEA) is a collegial organization of educators, administrators, PS-12 schools and post-secondary institutions focused on the highest quality education. ALEA brings Lutheran schools and institutions together to learn from each other and network with schools and universities regionally and internationally. Since 2006, ALEA has been registered as a non-profit society in Hong Kong. ALEA is governed by a self-appointed and representative board of various stakeholders and constituencies from Lutheran education in Asia. Day-to-day activities are managed by Executive Director, Karin Semler, and Associate Director, Iantha Scheiwe.
What are ALEA’s goals?
- To act as a focal point of liaison and communications for all Lutheran educators and Lutheran schools in Asia.
- To promote training of educators and administrators and facilitate the development of curriculum within the Asian context.
- To promote service learning development and training through the Allan and Sandy Schmidt Service Learning Fund.
- To engage and connect Lutheran educators to employment and service opportunities in Asia.
- To assist in the preparation for and establishment of more Lutheran schools in Asia.
Where are Lutheran schools operating in Asia?
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has established three international schools in Hong Kong (SAR), Shanghai, China and Hanoi, Vietnam. The Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod has established international schools in Hong Kong (SAR), Shenzhen, China, and Foshan, China. Lutheran church bodies have established schools to serve local citizens in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan. Additionally, early childhood and English-as-a-Foreign-Language schools are operated in Thailand and Macau.
How is ALEA membership established?
Membership in ALEA is open to individuals, schools, and other related associations, synods, and institutions, by application, based on the acceptance and commitment to the stated mission and goals of ALEA. Dues are paid on an annual basis in five categories: Benefactor, Large School/Entity, Small School/Entity, National School, and Individual. ALEA member schools may apply for service learning grants and have access to the Member Portal. Attendance to the ALEA conference is open to all.