What is AISA-GISS?

The AISA-Global Issues Service Summit (AISA-GISS) is a three-day annual summit hosted by an AISA member school.

AISA-GISS motivates and encourages students to enquire about global issues and learn alongside other delegates and changemakers from across Africa.

Student delegates spend time presenting, learning, sharing and discussing important issues during the summit, followed by a hands-on service learning day in the local community.

AISA-GISS provides delegates with opportunities to strategise solutions to global issues, meaningful sessions and stories about positive change happening here in Africa, and the support for taking action and engagement in their own communities.

AISA-GISS has become a calendar highlight for many of our AISA member schools as students are awakened to the notion that they can make a difference as they work together to consider and develop solutions for Global Issues.

Future AISA-GISS Dates

  • 2020/21 7th – 8th May 2021 (Virtual Conference; host school : American International School of Johannesburg)
  • 2021/22 20th – 22nd January 2022 (host school: American International School of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • 2022/23 19th21st January 2023 (host school: UWC East Africa, Tanzania)

Note: All dates subject to confirmation. If your school would like to host AISA GISS in the future, please contact AISA.


Date: 16th – 18th January 2020

Venue: International Community School of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The 2019-20 AISA GISS Theme is N’zassa which means together we are whole.

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Toa Mkono

Date: January 2019

Venue: International School of Tanganyika

Toa Mkono in the local tongue of Swahili, this means “lend a hand” and links back to the core values behind the GISS summit. This connects to the concept of sharing ideas in order to better deal with the issues that are seen in various international communities.

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It Start’s with Us!

Date: January 2018

Venue: International School of Kenya

Empowering young people to collaborate locally, regionally and globally in order to create sustainable solutions for global issues…

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Date: 2016/17

Venue: American International School of Johannesburg

Phambili is a Zulu word meaning Moving forward to face the challenges of the future. The aim the conference was to focus on sustainable solutions for global issues. The conference had four pillars which essentially expressed Phambili. The pillars include conservation, human rights, social entrepreneurship, and animal welfare.

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Date: 2015/16

Venue: International School Tanganyika

The theme of the conference is ‘Funguka’. Funguka is a Kiswahili word that means ‘to open up’, ‘stand up’, ‘advocate’. A global citizen who embodies ‘Funguka’ is one that is open to new ideas, embraces different perspectives, speaks out and recognizes that positive change and responsible action starts from within.

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Lanzela: Educating for Sustainability

Date: 2014/15

Venue: American International School Mozambique

The theme was Lanzelela: “Educating for Sustainability”. Lanzelela is our home word for “an important pursuit” or “pursue a goal”; coined in Changane, a language common in southern Mozambique. Our pursuit for the 2015 summit was to understand and promote Education for Sustainability. We believe education is the key to unleashing sustainable attitudes. It has the essential role of forming citizens who are engaged in their communities’ improvement.

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Date: 2013/14

Venue: Lincoln Community School Ghana

Participants will share best practices and reflect on global problems such as water shortages, environmental degradation, infectious diseases and the loss of ecosystems. There are many different ways to describe GISS, but in the simplest of terms, it is an unforgettable experience where teachers, students, adults, and friends from around the continent come together to inspire one another to take action in their lives.


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