Maharlika International School (MIS) formerly known as Dili Education & Development Center (DEDC) was established in 2008 by the Founder and Executive Director MARTIN BANAKEN PAPAY JR.; with the intention of providing affordable, enriched and stable learning environment primarily to Timorese and the dependents of overseas Filipinos in East Timor.
He believed that “All man has the inherent right to quality and affordable education of which should be accessible to all.” With MIS, foreign nationals can also bring their kids in East Timor to study while they are working especially those who cannot afford the high school fees of other international schools in the country.
On September 8, 2008, MIS began to operate in a small house in Fomento 1. It started with only six (6) students and initially offered Preparatory Programs in Kindergarten 1 & 2; Primary Programs in Grade I & Grade IV and Certificate in English Language Course. It ended the school year with a total of 21 students.
On March 4, 2009, MIS was issued with a business license from the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce & Industry of the Democratic Republic of East Timor (RDTL) with business registration number LPA 06181MTCI/III/2009.
DEDC was renamed MIS in compliance with the requirement on the registration of the school's Articles of Ownership with the Department of Registry & Notary Public of the Ministry of Justice- RDTL. The new name of the school was unveiled during the celebration of its Second Foundation Day on September 8, 2010 at MIS ground.
On April 30, 2010, MIS transferred to its new location in Fatuhada to accommodate its fast growing student populace. Additional classrooms were constructed in response to the continuing increase of its student enrollees.
On January 3, 2011, the Department of Education (Dep-Ed) of the Philippine Government has granted Maharlika International School a Provisional Permit to adopt the Philippine Curriculum for Pre-School and Elementary Levels.
On July 19-23, 2011, two officials from the Department of Education in Manila (Bureau of Secondary Education and Bureau of Elementary Education) visited MIS for the ocular inspection/ verification for our school's second stage of accreditation as a Philippine School Overseas. Parents had their chance to meet the officials and were clarified on some issues and concerns on the school's accreditation prior to their return to Manila, Philippines.
On October 10, 2011, the Dep-Ed has granted Maharlika International School a Provisional Permit to adopt the Philippine Curriculum for Secondary Level and renewed its Provisional Permit for Pre-School and Elementary Levels respectively.
MIS was granted the authority to use the tagline “Under Permit by the Department of Education” on its advertisement. Our school is now on its 3rd stage of accreditation procedure for the Certificate of Recognition to be issued by Dep-Ed.