Dr. Phil Renicks and Dr. Alan McIlhenny correspond and discover a shared vision for the education of marginalised children.
Dr. Renicks organises a Children-at-Risk Task Force in Johannesburg with Alan as facilitator.
Alan resigns from Tearfund and joins ACSI to develop the “Children-at-Risk” project.
Alan and Phil develop a plan, meet like-minded people, drink lots of coffee, identify curriculum writers, and raise funds.
Writing and field-testing new curriculum with street children in Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg, South Africa produce results: the curriculum is inadequate, so it’s discarded and the process starts over again. (Still drinking lots of coffee.)
The first project is launched with new curriculum at The Kings Court Christian School in the Limpopo province.
Vivian Subramoney becomes Director of the team in South Africa; new projects are started in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Eastern Cape, and Limpopo provinces.
The ACSI Children-at-Risk Project develops a partnership with TWR (formerly Trans World Radio) and Kerus Global Education to serve children in Swaziland through local tutorial groups supported by radio broadcasts.
The possibility of expanding into Uganda, the Philippines, and Botswana is explored.
TWR and ACSI establish Open Schools Worldwide as an independent mission to carry on the work.
Open Schools serves children in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Zambia—in addition to the ongoing projects in South Africa. Open Schools explores helping Beyond Borders, a ministry of TeachBeyond serving refugee children on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Open Schools joins the TeachBeyond family.