Indian Language School

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The Indian Language School or I.L.S. was established in Lagos, Nigeria in 1982 in light of the growing Indian community in the city.

It was originally set up in a residential neighborhood at 11 Johnson Street, Illupeju. The school began as converted residences — cramped with three floors, a playground, a basketball court and volleyball court. Over the past few years, the school has expanded significantly, acquiring nearby properties, thus catering to the large number of students that enroll with the school each year.

Organization[edit]

Approximately 3,000 students are registered. The school surrogates the Central Board of Secondary Education and helps Indian students residing overseas to transition into higher education programs. The school has several sports events like basketball, football, table tennis, badminton, cricket and volleyball. It provides students an opportunity to explore a diverse range of possibilities both academic and extra-curricular. It has a basketball court and a volleyball court while table tennis is played in a separate part of the building. A separate nearby residence has been bought by the school, where a five-a-side football field has been constructed along with a badminton court.

The school follows the CBSE board of education. The textbooks used by the students are provided by the NCERT. There are almost 150 teachers. The languages taught to the students are English, Hindi, and the choice of the third language is between Tamil, French and Sanskrit. Only class 6 and above have to learn a third language. The other subjects include Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Accountancy, Business Studies, English, and Computer lessons.

Official publication[edit]

I.L.S. runs an annual magazine feature Flying High, illustrating the events of the past year. It includes articles written by the students and the teachers. First published in 1986, it has been become an integral part of the school.

In 2008 a monthly newsletter iVoice was started. It was started by four students: Aman Gulati, Arshi Agarwal, Satarupa Ray and Prasad Raghu, and was headed by Mrs. Vani. It is solely maintained by the students and has gained huge popularity. It is usually four pages and includes articles, jokes, polls, crossword puzzles, and the occasional distorted picture (of a well-known student) which has to be identified by the students. Editors of iVoice have been Yash Sidtharth (2008), Raveena Lokur (2009), Garima Lakhanpal (2010), while the current editor is Nikhil Wadhwa (2011).

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