The International Schools of Southern and Eastern Africa; ISSEA for short, is a varsity organization that manages competitive athletic competitions and cultural conventions for its 8 member schools. ISSEA currently sanctions 8 sports for 16 varsity championships annually, 2 cultural conventions, and one STEM competition.
ISSEA is overseen by the Athletic/Activities Directors of the full member schools. An executive committee manages the ongoing development of ISSEA.
ISSEA was created in 1998 through the initiative of original member schools: American International School of Johannesburg, Harare International School, International Community School of Addis Ababa, International School of Kenya, and International School of Uganda. It was established as a sports conference sponsoring basketball, soccer, and volleyball.
In 2010 the American International School of Lusaka joined. In 2013 the American International School of Mozambique joined.
In 2014 sports tournaments included golf, rugby, soccer, swimming, track and field/cross country, and tennis were added.
In addition to sports events, the organization expanded to sponsor Cultural Conventions in band, choir, drama, and visual arts.
From its origins as a math competition, a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) festival began in 2016.
We believe in the development of each student through academic, athletic and artistic/cultural endeavors.
ISSEA shall seek to create, promote and foster cooperation among member schools by providing a forum for communication and discussion, by promoting activities, and by seeking to serve as an extension of each member school’s programs to enhance the development of the students, the schools, and the organization through:
A. Academic and intellectual pursuits
B. Sports competitions
C. Cultural Arts Conventions