Kazanchis, Infront of Meles Zenawi Foundation


Kelem International School (KIS) is a K-8 school based on the best practices of the Finnish education system and the Finnish National Core Curriculum. We are on the road to revolutionize the education system in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Implementing the Finnish Curriculum, we thrive to create an environment where students develop and learn by enjoying and exploring.

Finnish basic education is underpinned by the idea of the specific value of childhood. Each pupil has the right to grow into his/her full potential as a human being and a member of society. To achieve this, the pupils need encouragement and individual support as well as experiences of being valued in the school community. They also need to feel that the community cares about their learning & well-being.

Our curriculum is based on the conception of learning that sees the pupils as active actors. They learn to set goals and to solve problems both independently and together with others. Learning is an inseparable part of an individual’s growth as a human being and the building of a decent life for the community. Language, physical elements, and the use of different senses are essential for thinking and learning.

Through this conversant system, we foster in the minds of our students that learning is a life-long endeavor. This is manifested in our effort to facilitate the quality continued professional development of our teachers and staff. Our school aims to produce responsible and compassionate global citizens, with respect and recognition of the rich heritage of our host country, Ethiopia.

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