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REI partners with the Djiboutian government to promote and increase English language programs. REI staff have been involved in Djibouti for the last ten years. They have been part of opening a new English program at the Institute for Diplomatic Studies and helping draft the 12th grade English curriculum for the entire country.


REI resident team-members both lead and teach at the International School of Djibouti. Established in 2016, this REI-inspired school provides English-based K-12 education that focuses on discovery, creativity, and problem-solving in order to develop noble-hearted, global citizens.

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The nation of Djibouti is at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, on the Gulf of Aden between the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea. Its neighbors are Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia – and its struggles are not unlike those of these surrounding nations.

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To address the educational need for English in Djibouti, the International School of Djibouti (ISD) was opened in September 2016. The mission of ISD is to provide students in Djibouti a world-class education in English focused on discovery, creativity, and problem-solving to develop noble-hearted, global citizens. 

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