Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:07 pm Post subject: AGAKHAN EDUCATION SERVICES
Aga Khan Primary School
Coastweek-- Seen are the music teachers with the winner [from left] Emmanuel Nyundo, Aruba Rais Khan (Winner), Mrs Regina Sampuli Nyaga and Mrs Eva Mwalekwa Shari.
annual Kenya National Music Festival
Coastweek-- The Kenya National Music Festival is an annual event in Kenya that enables schools, colleges and other learning institution to showcase their budding talents.
The festival attracts entries in various genres that include songs, singing, games, solo and choral verses.
The Aga Khan Primary School, Mombasa has been making its way to the fete on a yearly basis and this year was no exception.
The school hoisted the Coast Province’s flag with a total of seven items; two solo verses and five choral verses, that were composed and fine-tuned by our competent music teachers who are; Sampuli (Mrs), Shari (Mrs), and Nyundo (Mr).
The fete, which was held at Masinde Muliro University in Kakamega, pitted Aga Khan Primary School, Mombasa against other competitive schools that were in attendance.
The event took place between the 9th to the 15th August 2010.
Stiff competition notwithstanding, the Aga Khan Primary, Mombasa posted good results with solo and choral verses that echoed themes such as the girl- Child Education and Need to conserve our Environment.
The solo verse Off my toes caught the audience’s interest and appealed to the adjudicators who awarded them second position in the country.
Musically speaking, the Aga Khan Primary School, Mombasa have put the Coast province and Mombasa in particular, on the musical map.
Aspirations of a product of Agakhan Education Services Tanzania
Ex-Mzizima student: It`s great to join Harvard University
By Gerald Kitabu
2nd August 2011
This week Gerald Kitabu interviewed Kimberly Mihayo, a former student of Mzizima Secondary School in Dar es Salaam who has gained entrance at the world’s most prestigious Harvard University in the United States. Excerpts:
QUESTION: How did you gain entrance to Harvard University?
Answer: I applied to a few universities in the US, which included Harvard University, through a non-governmental organization called TanSAO (Tanzania Student Achievement Organisation) that assists students in securing admissions and scholarships in various universities worldwide. The application was not easy -- it required a lot of self-will to deal with both school and university applications. But, with the help of TanSAO, and the support from my school and family, everything went well.
Q: How did you get to know TanSAO?
A: I learnt about TanSAO through one of the teachers in one of the schools I was studying in Dar es Salaam. The Director of Counselling at TanSAO also happened to be the college counselor at the school, for a brief period earlier this year.
Q: What is your educational background?
A: I am the last born in a family of seven children. My father is a retired judge of the High Court of Tanzania and my mother is an English teacher at Mbuyuni Primary School. I received my primary school education at the Aga Khan Primary School and thereafter I did the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE Programme) at the Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School. I then joined the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB Diploma Programme), an equivalent of two years of A-level) at the Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School, where I recently graduated.
Q: Which course are you going to pursue at Havard?
A: I want to major in health science and eventually join the field of Public Health/ Health Policy. In recent years there have been a few incidents where inspections uncovered pseudo health centres that had been operating illegally, including hiring untrained medical personnel and using substandard facilities.
To ensure that such cases do not occur, there needs to be a more centralised control and regular inspection of the registered health care providers in the country -- from major hospitals (which receive adequate attention) to dispensaries and health centres in rural areas.Through this way, we will know that people are receiving quality health care with trained personnel and facilities that meet desirable standards.
Q: Why did you choose Harvard and not any other university?
A: Harvard presented me with an invaluable opportunity for a higher education and offered me a generous scholarship. As one of the best universities in the world, I know that I will receive the best training for the course I want to take.
Q: How do you advise fellow students who want to study abroad?
A: Many foreign universities, such as Harvard, provide scholarships to students on the basis of their overall academic performance from primary and secondary schools and their involvement in extracurricular activities. Students should aspire to take part in activities outside the school curriculum -- such as sports, community service, arts, as well as performing well in their studies.
Q: How did you feel after securing a place at Havard?
A: I was so surprised. I never thought I could be admitted to such a prestigious university, so I was just overjoyed.
Q: How did Mzizima Secondary School support your studies?
A: Mzizima Secondary School provided me with an invaluable support and guidance in both my academic pursuits and university applications. I am thankful for the many years of primary and secondary education that I have received through the Aga Khan Foundation, and it is because of this institution that I was able to access opportunities abroad.
Q: Any future expectations?
A: I hope that after my university education I will be well-equipped to contribute to the development of my country -- Tanzania.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
Musa Rahim Khan of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Chitral will be representing Pakistan in the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in the United States
Posted: 04 Feb 2012 10:35 AM PST
Islamabad (Pakistan). Musa Rahim Khan, a student of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Chitral is going to represent Pakistan in the prestigious Intel Science and Engineering Fair in the United States after winning the national level competition.
Musa Rahim Khan’s project ‘Water and Heat Detector’, presented at Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad’s science competition has won a grand winning prize and he will exhibit his project in Pittsburgh in May 2012.
The competition, held in Islamabad attracted participants from all over the country.
Aga Khan School, Garden, hosted an award ceremony recently and recognised the achievements of its graduating classes of 2008 and 2011.
Prof Dr Noshad Ahmed Shaikh, adviser to the Singh governor on the HEC, was the chief guest on the occasion. The ceremony was attended by parents, community representatives and the leadership of the Aga Khan Education Service.
A panel discussion presented by alumni and students demonstrated the level of confidence and achievement by the students and alumni of the school. The panellist thanked the school for providing them with opportunities to unleash their full potential and talked about how the school had enabled them to choose careers and become productive citizens of the nation.
A Snapshot of Aga Khan Higher Secondary Schools in Gilgit-Baltistan
History of the Aga Khan Higher secondary Schools is directly linked with Sir Sultan Mohammed Shah, Aga Khan lll, the visionary who who established almost 200 schools in Madras and Dar Es Salam during the twentieth century. He always advocated equal access to quality education for the Muslims in the sub-continent, in his speech at the Muslim Educational conference in 1904 in Bombay he said:
“There are some dangers ahead and I venture to draw your attention to some of them which we can guard against. It would be the greatest of all our misfortune if we now mistook instruction for education and the mere power of passing examinations for learning. It is for this reason that the thoughtful welcome the reforms o f the universities, which the government of India now contemplates.
It is for this reason that the far-sighted among the Muslims of India desire a university where the stander of learning shall be the highest and where with scientific training there shall be that moral education-that indirect but constant reminder of the eternal difference between right and wrong which is the soul of education”, he once said.
When there was grave need of a well-equipped educational institution in Hunza Valley, the foundation of an excellent school was laid in karimabad by His Highness the Aga Khan lV, in 1986, to fulfill the needs of female education in Hunza and adjacent areas. Ashia Alam- alumni of AKHSS Hunza says, “AKHSS blessed me with knowledge, creativity, skills and gave me a meaning of education. I must say, it provided best platform to furnish my intellect and mentality.”
Zarina, another graduate says, “It was a wonderful experience at AKHSS, Hunza, it exquisitely provides quality education to females from different parts of Gilgit – Baltistan.”
During the school’s inauguration, His Highness Aga Khan had written in the visitor’s book:
“This has been a deeply important day to me. It has seen the beginning of what I hope will be a new version of life in the Northern Areas and the discovery of a direction hitherto not believed to be a realistic, that progress in all walk of life is genuinely achievable. I congratulate all those who have contributed to this achievement and express to them all my deepest gratitude. May the Academy fulfill everyone’s highest expectation, beginning with those of the students themselves.”
Later, Aga khan higher secondary Schools were established in Gilgit and Ghakuch established almost in the same decade, to turnaround the education system of the region to modern ways of teaching, where teachers became facilitators rather than instructors. Within couple of years the HSS have become a source of inspiration for teachers and students across the country.
Gul Rehan, a student of Mathematic at FC College Lahore says, “the emphasis on clarification of the conceptual knowledge, aided with the friendly teaching environment, has provided me hope and passion for the future”. Another student, Sami, describes each day spent at AKHSS “truly inspirational”.
AKHS Schools, located in Karachi, Gilgit, Gahkuch and Chitral, are considered to be among the premier higher secondary level institutions of Pakistan. The colleges have been facilitating hundreds of male and female students from diverse backgrounds; irrespective of color, religion, and race. Genuflect toward enlightened world is central purpose of the Colleges and prepare new generation to face the socio-economic challenges of the rapidly changing world and strive to nurture a harmonious balance between academic demands and extra-curriculum activities.
Asad Karim, a student of Biotech at FC College says, “AKHSS brought holistic change in my personality and gave me a vision of my life.”
“It played a pivotal role in my mental grooming and it has been exposing quality education and charming future to many students”, adds Shahbana, a student of Computer Science at FC College.
Today students of these prestigious institutions are studying at not only national universities of high repute, but also at international universities in different fields.
Shahid Qulli, alumnus of AKHSS Gilgit now student of Philosophy at the Punjab University says, “AKHSS is a teacher, an Inspirer, and a leader to shows your essence. It had been the life changing moment to study in this prestigious institution. It lives forever in me with same brightness as when I saw it for the first time. I hope it will continue to show the unseen path to millions more.”
As manifested by the reflections of these former students, the Aga Khan Higher Secondary Schools are playing an important role in development of Gilgit – Batlistan, by providing education and skills, but importantly, by building leadership potentials of the students.
There is a lot that needs to be done to turn these schools into international icons of knowledge and wisdom. Positive aptitude and developing multiple excellences, multi- discipline, and integrated skills will need to be developed even better. Introduction of teaching opportunities in the faculty of behavioral and social sciences will enable creation of leaders who will transform the society.
The contributor is student at Forman Christian College, Lahore. He has described this piece as a tribute to his former institution.
Education: Aga Khan board opens liason office
AKU-EB is a federal board for intermediate and secondary education that offers qualifications in both English and Urdu
By Our Correspondent
Published: January 27, 2012
GILGIT: Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) has opened a liaison office in Gilgit-Baltistan to offer year-round support through a team of subject specialists to affiliated schools and help create an active learning environment, officials said on Thursday. AKU-EB is a federal board for intermediate and secondary education that offers qualifications in both English and Urdu, based on the national curriculum. It is the first institution in Asia to use e-marking to ensure transparency in results. For the first time in Pakistan, the board has launched a Middle School Assessment Framework to bridge the gap between middle and secondary school and prepare students at an early age for the analytical and critical thinking skills required to succeed in life. Apart from e-enrolment of candidates, the board has developed its own learning support site (http://learningsupport.akueb.edu.pk) to bring together students and educators from across Pakistan to share expert knowledge and innovative ideas.
For the first time in the history of pre-medical examinations in the city, students from a single private institution took all three top positions , said the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) on Monday.
The Aga Khan Higher Secondary School’s (AKHSS) Samina Ismail Hirani came first by scoring 89.45% marks, followed by Kiran Amin (89.27%) and Kinza Murtaza (88.72%). There was more reason for the school to celebrate as two more of its students, Asna Ahmed and Syeda Fatima Muzaffer, made it to the board’s top-ten list of best performing students.
each child was awarded with a Certificate
of Participation and a Token of Appreciation
Coastweek-- The Aga Khan Nursery School, Mombasa hosted an inter-school Art Competition for children between the ages of three to six years.
The event took place on November 3rd 2012 from 9.00am to 11.00 am with a total of forty two children, from five different schools, namely, Arya Nursery School, Jaffery Academy Nursery, The Mombasa Academy, Tiny Tots Kindergarten and The Aga Khan Nursery School participating in the event.
During the competition the young toddlers displayed excellent talent, skills and creativity making every piece of work unique.
The judges, Mrs. Mridhula Doshi who holds a degree in Arts and Design and Mrs. Mayuri Patel, a former Kindergarten Teacher found each piece of art commendable and had a difficult time deciding on the winners.
Presentations for the competition were held on November 8th 2012 with a remarkable turnout of parents, teachers and participating students. The event was a great success and together with the winners, each child was awarded with a Certificate of Participation and a Token of Appreciation.
The winners were as follows:
Age Group 3-4 years, Theme: My Garden
1st Prize - Ria Gohil-Tiny Tots Kindergarten
2nd Prize - Natasha Muthoni - The Mombasa Academy
3rd Prize - Immaarah Natha-The Mombasa Academy
4th Prize - Soha Juneja-Jaffery Academy, Nursery
Age Group 4-5 years, Theme: The National Park
1st Prize - Shaine Dodhia-Tiny Tots Kindergarten
2nd Prize – Nadine Weragoda - The Mombasa Academy
3rd Prize - Sadiya Bagha-The Aga Khan Nursery School, Mombasa
4th Prize - Duini Caffini-The Mombasa Academy
Age Group 5-6 years, Theme: Party Time
1st Prize - Atiyya Bagha-The Aga Khan Nursery School, Mombasa
2nd Prize - Zainab Abdihusein-Tiny Tots Kindergarten
3rd Prize - Sai Rawal-Tiny Tots Kindergarten
4th Prize - Wiswaal Sheikh-The Aga Khan Nursery School, Mombasa.
Aga Khan School [Past Project]
Construction of school building
While accepting the challenge from Aga Khan Foundation in respect of time bound construction of School, BIPL completed the work in time. Aga Khan Foundation a Swiss corporate Body having their registered office in Geneva (Switzerland) engaged in philanthropic activities in India.
Hunza: A Paradise Of High Literacy And Gender Equality In a Remote Corner Of Pakistan
By Palash Ghosh
on January 02 2014 9:55 AM
The Hunza Valley, a region in the Gilgit–Baltistan territory of northernmost Pakistan, is renowned not only for its spectacular natural scenery of majestic mountains and glittering lakes but also for the beauty of its people, who enjoy long life expectancies. The rough mountain terrain, clean air and water, an abundance of healthy organic foods like dried apricots and almonds, and relative isolation are believed to have blessed the locals with excellent health and long lives. Indeed, Hunza Valley was reportedly the inspiration for the paradise of "Shangri La" in the book "Lost Horizons" by James Hilton.
But Hunza and its environs are renowned for something else that is quite extraordinary: At least three-quarters of people in the Valley – and virtually all the youths of both genders -- can read and write (in a country where about 55 percent of the population is literate, and millions of girls are essentially blocked from attending school). Almost every child in Hunza attends school up to at least the high school level, while many pursue higher studies at colleges in Pakistan and abroad.
Outside of Hunza, education in Pakistan is rather bleak. In fact, Arshad Saeed Khan of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said Pakistan spends only 2.3 percent of its GNP and 9.9 percent of its total government budget on education (versus figures of 4.5 percent and 12.7 percent, respectively, for India; and 2.1 percent and 14.1 percent for Bangladesh).
Dawn, an English-language Pakistani daily, reported that one of the principal factors behind Hunza's stupendous literacy figures traces back to the educational advocacy efforts of the Aga Khan III, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah. In the early part of the 20th century, he persuaded the mirs [rulers] of Hunza state to educate their peoples. By 1946, 16 "Diamond Jubilee" schools were established in the Valley, followed by a decision from the Pakistani government to open up public schools in the Northern regions, including Hunza. In 1983, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, introduced The Academy, a high-quality school (including dormitory facilities) exclusively for girls in Hunza. By the early 1990s, the government created “community schools” in Hunza, including the Al-Amyn Model School in the village of Gulmit, which permitted the students' families to participate in lessons.
Dawn noted two other major developments in regional education gains: the establishment of the Karakoram University in Gilgit, and the founding of organizations by the Aga Khan dynasty that encourage universal education, training and scholarships. The present Aga Khan has also financed local agricultural and other economic endeavors through the Aga Khan Development Network. “There seems to be urgency in terms of acquiring education,” wrote Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, director of the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore School of Economics, in an article in Dawn. “Parents in Hunza are convinced that the best thing they can do for their children is to help them get a good education. There is a growing interest in higher education for girls.”
Siddiqui explained that given the limited chances of higher education in the Valley, the boys and girls of Hunza go to large cities such as Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Islamabad for higher education. He also emphasized that parents in Hunza encourage their daughters to gain an education and are even willing to send girls to all parts of Pakistan to obtain a quality degree. “It is an approach that distinguishes Hunza from the rest of the Northern Areas,” he added.
Friday Times, an independent Pakistani newsweekly, described Hunza as “an oasis of education.” Janeha Hussain in the Times wrote that education and the attainment of knowledge are given top priority in the Valley. “Boys and girls alike approach their schooling with endearing exuberance,” Hussain wrote. “They can be seen walking along the roadside, lunchboxes swinging on their arms and books hugged closely to their chests.”
Even more extraordinary, Hussain indicated, the importance of education in this Valley has raised the status of women to equality with men. She cited that in Hunza (in stark contrast to virtually all other rural parts of Pakistan), “women and girls stroll the bazaars after dusk without male relatives, and no one dares to bat even an eyelash at them, let alone stare sleazily and make risqué comments as is tradition elsewhere.” Women have also become an “integral part” of the local economy, including those who weave Hunza's famous handicrafts.
Hunza differs from the rest of Pakistan in other ways too: The majority of the people there follow Shia Islam, and many are Ismaili Shia Muslims, followers of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan. (Most other Pakistanis adhere to Sunni Islam). Also, although most people in Hunza understand Urdu, the national tongue of Pakistan, their primary languages comprise Shina, Burushaski, Wakhi among others.
Syed Irfan Ashraf, a Pakistani-based journalist, said in an interview that since the people of Hunza belong to a religious minority, education is their main support system that is required for social mobilization. “Luckily, the Aga Khan Foundation has done enough to set up an infrastructure of schools and colleges,” he said. “Otherwise, this part of the country would have been totally ignored.”
Muftah.org reported on a young 23-year-old woman from Hunza named Parveen, who boasts a post-graduate degree and works at an IT center in the village of Gulmit. In her data entry training class, boys and girls are in roughly equal numbers. “For them, earning a paycheck at the IT center by working online with computers, doing data entry, and generating content for e-commerce portals, is a big step up from tilling the land,” wrote Maria Umar, founder and president of the Digital League. “Earning roughly $100 per month through this work is a welcome change for Parveen -- one never before imaginable in her town, or more generally in Pakistan, which has the lowest GDP per capita for women in South Asia.”
However, Umar cautioned that not everything shines brightly in Hunza. For while literacy sparkles, jobs are scarce – she estimated that some 90 percent of Hunza’s educated population is unemployed. “With each household averaging eight people, only male household members typically earn an income,” she wrote. “The largely unemployed female population works in the fields or helps with household work.”
One answer to the immense unemployment may lie with IT endeavors like the one Parveen works at. Now, hundreds of well-educated young Hunza residents are involved in IT centers, many of which are funded by foreign NGOs, studying e-marketing, e-accounting, content writing, programming, foreign exchange market trading and web design. It is hoped these courses will lead to gainful jobs, both online and offline. Indeed, Umar indicated that Pakistan is a leader in online work, ranking fourth in skills on a list of 158 countries and third in total earnings. “This alone speaks to the talent in the country,” she said. “Women are at the forefront of this surge. Online work is transforming the role of women across Pakistan and offering opportunities for them in IT and beyond.”
Although some of the remote mountainous regions of northern and northwestern Pakistan have been scarred by militant fundamentalism and terrorism, Hunza has largely avoided such associations. Ashraf explained that groups like the Taliban or Lashkar-e-Taiba do not have strong presence in Hunza, but he contended that such militants do exist in the nearby Gilgit and Chilas regions and could potentially reach the Valley to disrupt the law-and-order situation there. “But people in Hunza valley are peace-loving [and] usually avoid becoming part of any extremist ideology,” Ashraf said. “Similarly, they have so far successfully discouraged extremist religious groups from spreading their influence to Hunza.”
Nonetheless, the sheer image and reputation of northern Pakistan as a haven for militancy and sectarian violence has severely hurt the key tourism industry in Hunza in recent years. “Hunza people earns from international tourism, not local tourism,” Ashraf stated. “Therefore, terrorism in other parts of Pakistan is suicidal for international tourism in the northern part of the country.”
One of the most famous of all young Pakistani women, Samina Baig, who has become an icon of sorts after climbing the highest mountains around the world, including the tallest peak of all, Mount Everest, hails from Hunza. Baig, only 21 years old, wants to use her fame to promote human rights and education for women in Pakistan. “I want to tell women in developing countries that they are as powerful as their male counterparts and they can play an equal role in their respective societies,” Samina told Agence France Presse. Speaking of her native Hunza, she gushed: “a girl child has as equal rights as their male counterparts and our community does everything to educate female children.”
Indeed, she said she was shocked by how different the rest of Pakistan seems from her beloved far northern Valley. “When I came to the city for the first time, I saw a completely different world, where people are less educated, poverty is widespread and [the] female is a non-existent species compared to their male counterparts” she lamented. “But in my community, women are as important as males and they are playing an equal role in the society.”
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