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AISA Global Issues Service Summit


The AISA GISS is a summit held annually at an AISA member school.

The summit inspires and supports service learning and the integration of global issues education within participating schools. This commitment to service learning and global issues education will better prepare students to make positive contributions to the global community. It will also ensure that the myriad of issues faced today will be addressed by creative individuals who act responsibly, ethically and with a more inclusive global perspective. This unique conference builds both student and faculty partnerships across the African continent and beyond. It provides an opportunity for students and educators alike to share best practices and learn new ideas for sustainable solutions to global issues and strategies to promote service and service learning.



American International School of Mozambique (AISM)

AISA is pleased to announce that the American International School of Mozambique (AISM) will be hosting the 2015 AISA-GISS event in Maputo from April 23rd - 25th. A message from the host school:

Maputo, Mozambique
April 23 - 25, 2015

We have done it once, and are eager to do it again, but bigger and better. The American International School of Mozambique is hosting AISA-GISS 2015.

Educating for Sustainability is the theme for AISA-GISS 2015. We will celebrate education and learn its role in the construction of a more sustainable world. This year’s program and surprises are being crafted by our GISS Steering Committee, formed mainly by students. All our student council is engaged in the different tasks demanded by the event, from catering to communication with sponsors.

“During this conference, we hope that new friendships are made, new aspirations to make a positive change in the world are realized, and knowledge and experience are gained and that all participants leave with a positive outlook on life knowing that they can lend a helping hand to make the world a better place.” – Michaela Sorensen, Student Central Committee

“Delegates will not only be inspired to make a change, but also find ways on how to do it, through discussions with each other and hearing the stories of the keynote speakers. It is our goal to create a space where students feel encouraged to unite their passions and talents to share and come up with creative projects that will improve our local communities.” – Lena Schweiser, Service Learning Student Leadership Committee

When: April 23rd to 25th, 2015
Host: American International School of Mozambique - AISM
Where:  Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center – Maputo, Mozambique
Who: Students and educators from international schools in Africa, service learning partners (translation available), renowned educators and specialists in the three branches of sustainability: economics, social sciences and environmental sciences. 
On the program: Keynote speakers, workshops presented by schools, discussion panels, service learning day, Sustainability teams, celebration of service and global citizenship.

 Visit www.aisagiss.org for more information.


February 13 – 15, 2014AISA GISS 2014
Lincoln Community School (LCS)

LCS was proud to host the AISA Global Issues Service Summit Africa 2014 in Accra, Ghana.

Sharing ideas, building relationships, and empowering the youth to make change. These are three fundamental principles specific to the AISA Global Issues Service Summit. Held in a different country in Africa every year, this conference has become one that students look forward to annually as it helps students realize they can make a difference and empowers them to work with their peers to consider and develop solutions for global issues.  These young adults become more aware of the issues in our world, and more aware to the fact that anyone can make a positive difference.




February 21 – 23, 2013
International School of Kenya (ISK)

ISK was proud to host the AISA Global Issues Service Summit Africa 2013.

It was an inspiring event that empowered students to become agents of change in our world, particularly in relation to the 20 global issues highlighted in Jean Francois Rischard's powerful book High Noon: 20 Global Problems and 20 Years to Solve Them.

The theme of the 2013 summit was “Amani: One World, One Harmony”. This theme was particularly poignant as Kenya was on the verge of a national election when the summit took place. Given the post-election violence of late 2007 and early 2008, this theme reflects on some crucial local and national concerns. Of course, the theme also extended into major global issues, from environmental degradation to poverty and the digital divide.

Read LeeAnne Lavender's article on the latest developments towards 2013 AISA GISS Summit

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