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History of Our School

Ilma International Girls’ School is the leading private Muslim girls’ school in the country. Situated along Thalakotuwa Gardens in Colombo 05, it consists of a Primary, Middle and Senior School along with a Montessori School. The school possesses all the facilities capable of providing a substantial holistic education to Muslim girls in Sri Lanka whilst preserving the values and virtues of Islam.

Ilma was founded by Madam Rasheedha Mohideen, a leading lady in the sphere of education who was the Chief Education Officer of the Sri Lankan Education Service. Ilma was her mission.

Her vision depicted Muslim girls an in order to make her dreams come alive, On the 18th of January Ilma International Girls’ School was established at No. 33, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7 with 18 staff members, 140 students.

The motto of Ilma International Girls’ School : “Qul, Rabbi ZidniIlma” – “Say! O My Lord, Advance me in knowledge” (Surah 20: Verse 114). The words of this Quranic aayah, with unbelievable depth, resonate within the walls of Ilma.

In January 1989 The Ilma Educational Trust was created with, these three eminent persons as Trustees, having as one of its objects “to take over the ownership with the assets and liabilities and manage and control the ILMA INTERNATIONAL GIRLS’ SCHOOL ..” which was then situated at No. 33, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7. In May of that year this charitable trust was incorporated as Ilma Educational Foundation (IEF), a Company limited by guarantee, under the Companies Act No.17 of 1982, with 9 members. The 9 founder members of IEF were (late) Mr. A. H. L. A. Saleem, (late) Mr. M. S. Alif, (late) Justice A. M. M. Jameel, (late) Mr. M. A. S. M. Mohideen, (late) Mr. M. S. Moujood, (late) Dr. M. M. Uwise, Dr. M. A. M. Shukri, and Mr. Osman Kassim.

In just 2 years, Ilma grew in leaps and bounds. In the year 1990, the land that the school is currently standing on, was purchased. A 3-storey infrastructure was built at Thalakotuwa Gardens, Colombo 05.

In 2011, Ilma International Girls’ School now decided to host a netball tournament of their own. Up against some of the very prestigious schools of Colombo, held at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Ilma girls once again rose as the “CHAMPIONS” of the day! This tournament, which has been successfully organised annually by the school since 2011, is now firmly established as the main Netball Tournament for international schools having been placed on the sports calendar of The International Schools of Sri Lanka (TISSL).In January 2013,

Ilma celebrated its Silver Jubilee with a grand event at the BMICH , hosted jointly by the School and the Old Girls’ Association, showcasing Ilma’s achievements of over the past twenty five years. Students past and present, parents, teachers, as well as special invitees attended this momentous occasion, which was graced by the founder Madam Rasheedha Mohideen. The 25 th Anniversary Magazine was released, and the new website of the School was launched at this event.

More than Three Decades of academic success and growth! Since its inception, it is evident that Ilma has been favoured with nothing but success throughout its years. It has inculcated many minds with wisdom, knowledge and will continue to do so for as long as the Almighty wills.