Director's Welcome

Principle Short Bio

Shaista Juma was born in Canada and has been the Executive Director of Dar es Salaam International Academy from 2007 – present. She moved to Tanzania from Canada in 1996 as a middle school student, and then left in 2002 to pursue her degree. Attending the School of Oriental and African Studies from 2003 – 2006, her passion and love for Africa prevailed, and brought her back after she graduated. 

Welcome to the website of Dar es Salaam International Academy (DIA). Often dubbed the "DIA Family," we value our small size and open door policy that provides an excellent international learning community for students residing in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania. With 30+ nationalities currently enrolled in at the school, as well as 15+ nationalities making up our teaching and administrative staff, we at DIA celebrate our diversity and learn something new about each other every day. 

DIA opened its doors in 2003 as a privately owned school, in order to give the emerging middle class Tanzanians a school offering an international education right here at home. Our main underpinning value is the importance of the relationship between school, home and community, also reflected in our mission statement. DIA puts great emphasis on parent/guardian involvement and the importance of continuous and positive communication between school and home.

At present DIA offers two of the International Baccalaureate Programmes and is a Candidate School* for the third.

  • Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Kindergarten - Grade 5
  • Middle Years Programme (MYP) from Grade 6 - Grade 10
  • IB Diploma (IBDP) from Grades 11 – 12


With a maximum of 18 students within a class in the PYP and MYP, students’ benefit from one to one attention, as well as the ability to work at their own pace, challenge themselves, as well as receive additional support when required. Our rigorous curriculum, strong extra-curricular programme, as well as the multitude of study tours both within Tanzania and outside, offer our students the opportunity to not only learn about our host country Tanzania, but also the world around them. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website, and we strongly encourage you to visit all areas of the site in order to familiarize yourself with DIA. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.    

Shaista Juma
Executive Director