Global Education Networks
A school which has an affiliation with influential global education networks provides students a chance to connect with others both worldwide and locally in Dar es Salaam. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of local and global activities that expand their perspective and connects them to their peers around the world.
IST has a long and extensive history with a number of international organizations since its establishment in 1963.
“We have connections with many international schools to support opportunities for IST students,” said the Director of IST, Dr. Mark Hardeman, using IST’s affiliation with the International Schools of Southern and East Africa Association (ISSEA) as a strong example.
“This group was founded to promote opportunities for athletic, artistic and academic collaboration with schools in the region,” Dr. Hardeman said.
The ISSEA is a prestigious international league of eight schools who compete in a wide range of activities from football, basketball, swimming and volleyball, to band, choir, drama, robotics and STEM projects. Students get the chance to hone their athletic and teamwork skills and compete against others who give them an extreme challenge. This teaches the students work ethic, collaboration and persistence.
IST takes part in 11 different ISSEA competitions or conventions each year.
“It gives our students both connection to the greater continent of Africa, but also a greater connection to students from all over the world,” said Joe Seavey, the Secondary Campus' Activities Director. “Students take seriously their opportunities to represent IST at ISSEA events, and relish in the successes and growth over each four-day event.”
IST’s global network is something that benefits the school, the faculty and most importantly, the students.
Seavey believes the programming at IST is greatly enhanced by the ISSEA and other global networks.
IST was also a founding member of the African Association of International Schools (AISA) which helps to provide educators with a large number of professional learning conferences each year in Africa.
“I am lucky enough to serve on the AISA Board of Directors which allows me to contribute to the development programmes for thousands of educators across the continent,” Dr. Hardeman said.
IST hosted the Global Issues Service Summit in January 2019, with 150+ visitors from schools from all over the world coming to the campus.
As illustrated above, IST is affiliated with many influential global networks and we have some blog posts exploring these partnerships.
Learn more about IST’s student-led Model United Nations (MUN) programme that connects students from around the world.