The Aga Khan Lycée marks its ten year anniversary

29 November 2008

The Aga Khan Lycée (AKL) marked its ten year anniversary since its initiation in Khorog.

The Aga Khan Lycée (AKL) marked its ten year anniversary since its initiation in Khorog, in the presence of the Governor of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Mayor of Khorog and other members of local government, various AKDN agencies representatives, as well as directors of local schools and civil society organisations.

Established in 1998 as the first privately-operated school in GBAO, AKL’s purpose is to help students prepare for a different and rapidly changing world with an emphasis in education in Tajik, English and Russian. It aims not only to offer high quality education to its students and prepare them for studies at first-rate universities, but also to test and develop new teaching and learning approaches, which can be established as models of best practice in Tajikistan. AKL, an initiative of Aga Khan Education Services, has led to the establishment of quality and sustainable community schools, which benefits more than 950 students each year. Pursuing their higher education in recognised universities, graduates of the AKL are now employed in various spheres of the Tajik society and are actively contributing to the development of Tajikistan.

Agenda of the day also included a speech by the Governor of the region Qodiri Qosim where he highlighted some of the contributions of AKL towards development of education in the region. "We are thankful to the administration and teachers for implementation of the Lycée’s goals, which is to bring quality of education to the international standard. During ten years of existence 778 graduates of the Lycée entered high education institutions, out of them 118 were admitted to international universities…"

Nakhat Abdulofizov, Head of Education said that “much needs to be done to help with the quality of education in Badakhshan and the Lycée’s future role will be essential in playing its part with the improvements for the region.” He thanked the government, local NGO’s and all the teachers for their contribution in achieving this success. The celebration was concluded with traditional music and a beautiful dance performance by the students of the Lycée.