First Vice Mayor of Osh congratulated AKS with new academic year

05 September 2009

(Extract from "Salyk Express") AKS, well known for its high standards in teaching and educational facilities, has held its First Bell ceremony today.

Aga Khan School (AKS) in Osh, well known for its high standards in teaching and educational facilities, has held its First Bell ceremony today. Representatives of government, international organizations, proud families and teachers came to greet the students upon the new academic year. Amongst the many guests was the First Vice Mayor of Osh City Arfidin Alanov, representatives from the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic and Diplomatic Missions - Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to KR, H.E. Holger Green, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to KR, KZ and TJ H.E. Pawel Cieplak, Charge d’Affaires of the French Republic to KR Jean-Pierre Godart and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Representative for KR, Nurjehan Mawani.

First Vice Mayor of Osh City Arfidin Alanov opened the ceremony and wished the students a successful new academic year and thanked the school for its effective work.

AKS was established in 2002 under the aegis of Aga Khan Education Services, an AKDN agency. In May 2007 AKS commemorated its first graduating class, of which all students received admission to local and international universities. This has become the case for all succeeding years. AKS offers two mediums of instruction (Russian and English) to over 500 students in grades 5 to 11 with a special emphasis paid to the Kyrgyz Language. In 2007 with the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, German language classes were introduced for students in grades 5 to 7. Annually dozens of AKS students become winners of Republican Olympiads and regional competitions. In 2008 Aga Khan School Osh awarded the title of "The Best Private School of the South Capital".

“In a short period of seven years AKS has managed to become a part of the fabric of Osh City and Oblast influencing the quality of education in the region. Its modern learning approaches and resources are available for all inquisitive minds and the professional development program provides local teachers with an opportunity to enhance their expertise,” said Nurjehan Mawani.

This year AKS has opened its doors to over 100 new students, several of whom represent remote districts in Osh Oblast and have received scholarships to pursue their education. The First Bell ceremony was accompanied by a concert program by students and consisted of theater, dance and vocal performances. The performances highlighted AKS’s extra-curricular clubs which enrich and develop student talents and other skills.

“This is a modern school with a friendly environment. Apart from preparing students to succeed in a constantly changing world, the school teaches them the art of thinking so as to be tolerant, ethical and intelligent individuals. This is important,” said one of the parents.