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Associação da Escola Internacional de Luanda (LISA) is a non-profit organization with its headquarters in Luanda, Angola. Among other aims, LISA was established in order to set up and administer an English language school.

The Luanda International School (LIS) opened its doors on 26 October 1996 with 27 students. LIS was located in the City of Luanda at Rua de Cambambe, 21-23, Bairro de Patrice Lumumba.

LIS was the brainchild of the “Founding Five”: Roger Ballard Tremeer (South African Ambassador to Angola), Carmen Campbell-Hewitt (Educational Psychologist and First Headmistress), Florbela Lopes (interested parent and Business Administrator), Emilienne Macauley (interested parent), and Doreen Verster (interested parent). Their mission was to offer, in the medium of English, a high calibre, international pre-primary and primary educational programme open to all nationalities. A secondary mission was to foster an appreciation and offer a facility for the extension of English as a second language to all age groups.

LISA was officially established in 1998 with the following aims:

  • Promote the teaching of English language and culture in Angola;
  • Set up and administer an English language school;
  • Encourage cooperation and solidarity between the several English-speaking communities resident in Angola;
  • Promote linguistic and cultural exchanges involving people and associations, both national and foreign, inasmuch as they are concerned with the study and spread of the English language and culture;
  • In general, promote whichever initiatives or activities that aim to improve the understanding and advancement of the English language and culture in Angola.

In 2003, LIS moved to the Talatona Campus at Via S6, Bairro de Talatona, Município de Belas, Luanda.

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