Amal International School is the very first private community boys’ school in National Curriculum in Colombo South, situated in the heart of the Colombo City. It houses more than 1100 students and 110 staff members and welcomes students of all faiths and all nationalities.
In fact, Amal International School is a project of Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS). The CIS, incorporated by the Parliamentary Act No. 44 of 1991, was declared open on 04th May 1985 by Justice Jameel. Simultaneously, CIS opened a Pre School Section within its premises. However, at the completion of the pre-school, some parents found it difficult to secure admission into schools. Hence, there was a compelling need for a community-based school within Colombo South.
Due to this dilemma, it was the vision of a group of prominent community leaders to establish a community school to cater for the needs of parents of Middle Class and Lower Middle Class and free education for needy children, as poverty should never be a disqualification to pursue studies.
With the help of many philanthropists, the land was bought and the foundation stone was laid by late Al-Haj A.C.S. Hameed, then Minister of Higher Education and Justice, on October 1988 and declared-open by him on 29th January 1991.
Although almost all International Schools at that time followed the London curriculum, it was decided to follow the Sri Lankan national curriculum in the English medium, as the cost factor to follow the London syllabus was very high.
The textbooks were basically either in Sinhala or Tamil. These books were translated into English by competent and knowledgeable resource persons, were printed and made available for students. These translated books were in high demand to an extent that some of the prominent schools in Kandy and Colombo decided to use these English medium textbooks.
The School works within the curricular framework set by the National Institute Education (NIE) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) Sri Lanka. Our aim is to provide holistic and balanced education to guide students to become effective personalities and good citizens of Mother Sri Lanka. Thus, the school’s education system places as much emphasis on discipline and academic excellence as on sports and extra-curricular activities.
Our central philosophy is that the seeds of self-motivation and self-discipline be sown during the formative years of childhood in the play group and primary level, creating a solid academic foundation and encouraging an independent, enthusiastic approach to study throughout the School.