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 Somaila, Mogadishu

Our History

The idea of Ilays Academy has been...

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Our History

The idea of Ilays Academy has been in the making for several years. However, the Academy opened its doors to the community on September 1st, 2014. It...

Principal’s Message(Abdinasir Mohamed)

I am delighted to welcome you to our Ilays Academy. If you are a current student/parent of the Academy, I trust that this website will provide you with more helpful information as well as affirmation of the vitality of the Academy. If however, this is your first time to know about us, I believe that the information you get from this website will inspire you to visit us in order to see the viabrancy of the Academy; and I am confident that you will receive a very warm welcome from every member of our institution.

I am deeply humbled to have founded and led one of the finest and most ambitious academies in the Horn of Africa in terms of student’s academic rigor and development of exceptional social skills. Although Ilays Academy has a short history, yet distinguished in excellence, it is already realizing aspects of its vision: to empower each pupil to realize his/her maximum potential, exhibit his/her talents in the most creative way, fostering God consciousness and service to humanity in all of our pupils.

From the get-go, the Academy is poised to set an impressive record of academic success as indicated by the student’s performance in the first term examinations. However, and in line with the Ilays Academy’s ethos, education is more than academic performance. Our mission to prepare students for life beyond school encompassesvirtues of sharing, caring, tolerance, accepting others as they are, respecting others personal space, feelings, opinions, and understanding their aspirations. At Ilays Academy, we cherish each and every student, nurture them to our utmost ability; and accept each one of them for the individual that they are without any form of judgment/discrimination.

We wish to provide our pupils with a rich variety of extra-curricular activities e.g. sports, cultural performance and many other pursuits; however, since Ilays Academy operates in a private building which was not designed for a school, these activities for the pupils are currently limited by the lack of appropriate school facilities and space. While extra-curricular activities are enjoyable in their own right, they also help pupils to develop the many skills required in the demanding world of the twenty-first century.

Ilays Academy is already enjoying an outstanding rating among pupils, parents and the wider public; and it’s my duty to ensure that in the next few years, it becomes even more widely and highly regarded as a leader in community education.

If you would like to discover more about Ilays Academy, my colleagues and I are delighted to meet you and your children, listen to what you want to tell us, and for us to share with you our hopes and aspirations for the future of our children as a community and as a nation.


Ilays Academy students learn a range of subjects as set by the Academy. While at Ilays, learning is divided into four stages. These stages are explained in the following table:




Start Date

Key Stage 1

Ages 5-7

Grades 1 and 2

January 2016

Key Stage 2

Ages 7-11

Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6

September, 2014

Key Stage 3

Ages 11-14

Grades 7, 8 and 9

September, 2014

Key Stage 4

Ages 14-16

Grades 10 and 11

September, 2014

At Ilays we focus on the core subjects: Sciences, Maths, English and IT. In the future, we plan to add two subjects (IRE and Somali literature once we get appropriately trained teachers).

We think by focusing on the core subjects, and by extending the teaching time, we will be able to produce students who are confident, articulate and know their stuff inside out.
At Ilays, we chose to follow the Cambridge primary and secondary International School Syllabus. Throughout the four Key stages, we use teaching resources approved by Cambridge International Examination. For Key Stage 3 and 4, students learn Biology, Chemistry, and physics separately. They also continue to learn Maths, English and IT. At this level, the pace of teaching becomes tougher since students are prepared for the IGCSE programme.

The programme is designed to be completed in two to five years depending on learner’s age, ambition, discipline, effort and support at home. Therefore, each student will learn at their own pace.

School Day

Our gates open at 06:45 am and Teaching starts at 07:30 am. We have three short breaks, 30 minutes at 09:00 am for breakfast, 10 minutes at 11:00 am and 45 minutes at 12:45. Lessons end at 14:30 (from Saturday to Wednesday).

For students who come for supplementary or after school classes, start at 16:00 and end 19:30 from (Saturday to Tuesday).

Some teachers may set Thursday morning revision classes for students who do bi-weekly assessments and requiring further support.

Term Times

Our Academic year starts on the First Saturday of September. We have three four-month terms separated three bi-weekly holidays. However, in 2015, on the request of the majority of students, we decided to cancel two biweekly holidays so that students can enjoy a one-month long holiday during the month of Ramadan instead of two bi-weekly holidays.

Adult Classes


For Adult learners, all classes start at 15:30 and end 19:30. We plan to extend adult learners times when we get the new school facility.

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