Celebrating 25 years of unity in diversity: LIS's International Day

Posted on 8th Dec 2023 in School News

On September 16th, the Luanda International School (LIS) transformed into a vibrant tapestry of cultures, a testament to its remarkable 25-year journey. LIS has not only provided exceptional education but also created a welcoming haven for families from around the globe.

LIS's International Day is a celebration like no other. It transcends mere festivities; it encapsulates the school's essence and its unique position as a second home for an incredibly diverse community. This year, the festivities took on special significance as they coincided with the 25th anniversary of this beacon of global education.

The day began with a captivating parade of flags, representing the 49 nationalities that form the mosaic of the LIS community. As each flag waved proudly in the Luanda breeze, it symbolized the unity in diversity that defines the school. At that moment, it became apparent that LIS is not merely an educational institution; it is a microcosm of the world's cultures, traditions, and dreams.

Diversity is not just about flags, but the people behind them. Students, teachers, and families dressed in traditional attire, creating a living testament to the richness of human heritage. Every corner of the school was transformed, adorned with decorations from around the world, making the campus a visual marvel. With each step you took, you encountered a new culture, a new perspective, and a new friend.

For 25 years, LIS has been a safe house for families who have ventured to Angola from far-flung corners of the world. On International Day, we witnessed an emotional reunion of past and present students, teachers, and staff, who returned with their own families. They shared stories and laughter, reminiscing about cherished memories that span generations. It was a heartwarming reminder of the profound and lasting impact that LIS has had on so many lives.

Luanda International School's 25th-anniversary celebration was not just about the past. It was a vibrant reflection of the present, with eyes firmly set on the future. The school has not only been a place of learning but a beacon of cultural exchange, a promoter of global citizenship, and an advocate for unity. In an increasingly divided world, LIS stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when diverse cultures come together under a common banner of education and understanding.

As we celebrate this 25-year milestone, LIS not only reflects on its remarkable journey but looks forward to the generations it will continue to influence. The school is committed to nurturing the global citizens of tomorrow, instilling in them the values of acceptance, respect, and cooperation. It is a testament to the power of education to transcend borders, bridge differences, and create a harmonious global family.

Looking back on the past 25 years, we anticipate the next 25 with enthusiasm and hope. With a diverse community, a world-class education, and an unwavering commitment to fostering global citizens, LIS will continue to shine in the heart of Angola and beyond.