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This is exactly the opportunity the British Council’s International School Award (ISA) provides schools and teachers. By becoming a part of the ISA, schools enter into collaborative projects with educational institutions worldwide. Teachers help their students engage in projects on the themes of global citizenship, conflict resolution, diversity, human rights, interdependence, social justice, and sustainable development with different schools. By communicating with their peers in other countries, students learn about the global context of their local lives, and about the history and cultures of their new friends. And by working with their international colleagues — often across multiple time zones — teachers also acquire a fresh perspective on their vocation.

“Earlier I was teaching according to the pedagogies which I’ve learned from books and my own experiences,” says the ISA coordinator for the Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan School, Secondary Section, Ms. Fatima. “My experience was limited to my own school and country. But when I came into contact with schools from other countries, I came to know how differently they are teaching. As a result, I’ve learned new pedagogies and techniques to implement various activities.”

Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan School is one of the five Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan (AKES,P) schools to win the International School Award this year. The others were Aga Khan School, Kharadhar,  Aga Khan School, Garden, Aga Khan School, Hafizabad, and Aga Khan School, Mirpur Sakro. They all received the winning shield, plaque and certificates as International Schools at the ISA ceremony hosted by the British Council Pakistan.

The five AKES,P schools were amongst the 31 schools from Sindh and Punjab provinces of Pakistan that emerged winners out of 481 participants. The duration of the ISA certification is 3 years, and the award provides schools with the opportunity to collaborate with peer schools on international learning activities.  

The International School Award acknowledges school collaboration nationally and internationally and provides a framework for recognising schools that champion international work, benchmark best practices and work on collaborative curriculum projects with partner schools.

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During her studies, Hajra not only secured the 5th position at Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) Grade XII results-2018 but also attained admission in the MBBS programme at Aga Khan University in the current year.

Hajra demonstrated gratitude for the contributions of AKHSS had on her education. She said, “AKHSS, Karachi gave me the best platform to utilize my capacities and aptitudes to prevail in the world. It made me think outside the box to achieve my objectives. My teachers taught me in the most appreciable way and were constantly accessible to help me out with my queries. They buckled down on building my concepts and did not concentrate on rote learning. Furthermore, they taught me beyond the book which helped me in my university aptitude test.”

Hajra continued to say, “Along with academic studies, I engaged myself in different activities like sports which broadened my capabilities. Contemplating AKU-EB isn't a simple assignment, it requires concepts and detailed analysis of the subject. Yet, due to AKHSS, Karachi and the diligent efforts of my teachers, it turned out to be an easy task for me to anchor the fifth position in AKU-EB in grade XII and to achieve admissions in MBBS programme at Aga Khan University. I owe my prosperity to the praiseworthy endeavors of my school. I wouldn't have possessed the capacity to do it without them.”

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Sajida’s class fellows congratulated her due to her excellent academic achievement and her outstanding performance in co-curricular activities. She did not only win her teachers’ heart but she also was highly respected by her classmates, juniors, and seniors due to her helping nature.

“The Turning point of my life was joining the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Hunza (AKHSSH) – a place that produces leaders, an institute that attributed purpose and reason to my life. I have been surrounded by some wonderful peers and teachers who inspired me to dream big. Along the way, I learned more about myself and realized I was a strong debater, a profound thinker, and a trusted counselor. Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Hunza utterly transformed my life and paved my way towards leadership roles,” said Sajida.

Since 2015, Sajida remained a high achiever. In the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) annual examination results she scored 91%, in the Secondary School Certificate and 90% in Higher Secondary School Certificate. Furthermore, in grade 9, she had achieved 100% in Islamiat, while in grade 10 she stood fourth among the top 20 students at the National level. Currently, Sajida has undergone her first semester at the Lahore University of Management Science, however she has now decided to transfer to the Aga Khan University. 

Apart from her studies, Sajida possessed many other skills and talents. She enjoys public speaking, especially in Urdu. Furthermore, she enjoys speech competitions, creative writing competitions and debates. 

Sajida is not only an inspiration to her fellow classmates, but has inspired her teachers and principal too. She is a born leader and has the courage, potential and determination to live her dreams. 

We congratulate Sajida on her achievements as she continues to work hard to make AKHSS proud. 

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