Aga Khan Student get ready for The Future Leaders Exchange, USA

26 July 2017

A student from the Aga Khan School (AKS), Osh, Kyrgyz Republic has been accepted to The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program in the USA for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program funded by the U.S. Department of State. FLEX students who pass multiple rounds of testing earn a scholarship to spend an academic year in the United States living with a volunteer host family and attending a U.S. high school. FLEX is a highly competitive program with over 26,000 alumni.

Islam kyzy Kurmandjan is one of the recipients. She shares her experiences: “My story began from the moment when I changed schools and moved to the Aga Khan School, Osh.  For many children, this can be a difficult transition. However, I am glad to say, this was not my experience. From the time I had my first lesson, I was surprised by the level of thinking of my peers, their English fluency and critical thinking abilities. The school always provided a supportive learning environment to ensure we reach our full potential.”

Having applied previously in Grade 9, Kurmandjan was advised to strengthen her English proficiency. At the school, Kurmandjan sought additional support in English and was able to practice regularly with her teachers and classmates. She was encouraged by her teachers to apply again for the FLEX programme this year. To this she says, “I was able to take additional lessons in English after my normal school classes.  I am so grateful to school, to my English teachers, and classmates for their support.” Through her hard work and dedication, Kurmandjan is one step closer to participating in the FLEX programme. Aga Khan School, Osh wishes her the best of luck!

The Aga Khan school in Osh, part of the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), currently provides over 500 students with quality learning experiences in an environment which values diversity and responds creatively to the educational needs of children. The curriculum is offered in two languages of instruction, English and Russian, to promote multi-lingual fluency.