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I feel part of a community. I am active in service projects that are making a real and lasting difference to people. I had no idea how important this would become for me."
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An international network of Academies will eventually link students with their counterparts in other sub-Saharan Africa countries, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and the Middle East. Currently, there are over 20 Academies envisaged or under development. International student exchanges between Academies in different countries, as well as with allied schools in Europe and North America, will offer students opportunities to broaden their worldview and learn to be at ease in multicultural settings. A common curriculum will allow students to study abroad without facing uncertainties regarding compatibility of course study or examinations. Although the medium of instruction will be English at all Academies, the study of a foreign language will be greatly enhanced through emersion in that language. Likewise, appreciation and respect for other nationalities, cultures and intellectual traditions will be greatly facilitated by direct contact with people in other countries.
Each Academy will have residential facilities in a safe, secure campus setting. Accommodation will be provided not only for international students, but also for boarding students from within the country or region. The campus is considered a vital part of the educational programme. Many of the least tangible but most important elements of an education - the development of practical leadership skills, the capacity to make ethical judgments, the ability to navigate through complex cultural settings - are formed outside the classroom. Meal times and other informal gatherings offer opportunities for discussion, meetings, language tables and study groups. A campus therefore greatly extends and enriches international exchanges.