ISS-LUMO adds first school in Caucasus region
SAVONLINNA, FINLAND (April 21, 2022) – The Finnish International School - Georgia will be the next school in the growing SISU school network and will be the first international school of its kind in the Caucasus region.
This school will be the tenth school contracted in the last 12 months under the global SISU Schools® franchise. It is made possible through collaboration of education leaders International Schools Services (ISS) and Lumo Education.
The Finnish International School – Georgia is authorized at the direction of the investment and consulting company, Alliance Group Holding and Aieti Kukava, CEO of the Finnish International School Georgia. The organization opened Finnish International School Georgia in 2019 and will soon expand under the SISU brand. Kukava explains the motivation, “We are growing. The nearest steps include adding kindergarten and preschool and launching a new school in Batumi. The main aim of our project is to be the best K-12 school system in the region, promoting international standards for education and children’s early development.”
SISU school franchises have been gaining traction because of their hallmark focus on quality education and their processes to create ease for owners. Interested franchisees can decide whether they want to start small and scale up gradually from kindergarten to elementary grades or open all the levels at once. Kukava shares some of his experience, “SISU Schools provide full support in academic, administrative, human resources, financial, as well as marketing and public relations parts. It gives us unique, easy-to-use branding and marketing materials that will allow us to promote our success in the nicest way and operate in the same manner that other schools in the SISU family.”
The school is located immediately to the north of the city of Tbilisi. Student well-being and being close to nature are an integral part of the school - hiking, excursions, and multiple outside breaks all promote student happiness. “That's why we chose Saguramo,” said Kukava. “Our priority was to open the school in an ecologically clean location, away from the city noise and emissions.”
For the ongoing academic year, SISU Schools Georgia offers grades 1-6. Higher grades, as well as kindergarten and preschool, will be added gradually. SISU Schools provided the recommendations and guidelines for the architectural improvements too, to create an as ergonomic and child-oriented environment as possible.
SISU Schools® is a K-12 school concept and a registered trademark of Lumo Education Ltd. and International Schools Services.
Lumo Education Ltd. (Lumo) is revolutionizing the learning experience. Lumo provides kindergarten and school concepts based on the award-winning Finnish educational approach, offering turnkey services that provide everything needed to set up, manage and operate a KG, or a school. The unique Finnish educational model, which is highlighted by innovation, practicality, entrepreneurship, child-centered approach and trust, provides a tailored educational model where learning desires, cultural context and financial goals will be met effectively. Lumo Education is a member of Education Finland, a national education export program, offering Finnish educational know-how and learning solutions globally. It is managed by Finnish National Agency for Education and works within the Team Finland network. Learn more at lumoeducation.com
As a nonprofit organization, ISS works with more than 800 international schools and thousands of educators each year across its suite of services, creating the largest global footprint in international education support. ISS promotes innovative best practices for global education through its core services: starting and operating student-centered, future-oriented schools; recruiting world-class educators and leaders; providing cutting-edge professional learning opportunities; sourcing essential school supplies; and administering school foundations. Since its inception in 1955, ISS has launched and managed more than 110 international schools; supported approximately 50,000 job-seeking educators and administrators; processed about 15,000 school supply orders annually; developed ground-breaking virtual and in-person learning programs to support leaders and educators; provided accounting and nonprofit board management for over 75 schools; and spearheaded LEVEL 5 Creativity & Innovation Hubs, the ISS Mary Anne Haas Women’s Symposium, and the Diversity Collaborative. In addition to supporting nearly 100,000 educators each year, ISS currently owns or operates about 20 international schools around the world. With headquarters in Princeton, NJ, USA, locations in China and Bahrain, and staff located across the globe, ISS invites all to join in making a world of difference. For more information, see iss.edu.