Photo/Video by Sahar Ibrahim
Despite being on summer break, the Aga Khan Lycée (AKL) remains a buzzing hub of learning and creation with a number of educational programmes in operation.
The programmes, open to students beyond those enrolled in Aga Khan Education Service, Tajikistan institutions, invite young people from across Khorog and from the surrounding districts to learn together. In concert, these programmes aim to expand the students' minds and to hone specific skills in language, mathematics, and science.
Mathematics & English Summer Upgrading Programme
The Mathematics & English Summer Upgrading Program aims to prepare students for tertiary education opportunities. Students develop their critical thinking skills and engage with a variety of literature including novels such as Iqbal by Francesco D'Adamo and The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. The five-week course is offered to rising ninth and eleventh graders across all language mediums and is facilitated by two qualified volunteers from Canada.
Let's Speak Levels 1 & 2
Students in grades 3 to 8 have the opportunity to participate in the Let's Speak programmes. Students enhance the clarity and artistry of their communication through these immersive English language programmes.
Let's Speak 1 & 2 employ theatre and other participatory pedagogies to engage students and to improve English-speaking abilities. For many students, the Let's Speak 1 programme is their first exposure to the English language and begins the process of adding English as a third or even fourth language to their linguistic repertoire. The Let's Speak programmes end with public theatrical performances by the students based on the books that they read together.
Maker's Space Lab
Stanford University engineering students transformed AKL's Learning Resource Centre into the region's first Maker's Space Lab. They run Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) programming that invites students to problem-solve and experiment with new technologies. Students are exposed to electronics, stop-motion photography, virtual reality technology, and 3-D printing, among other concepts. The Maker's Space programme also serves as a training resource for teachers from AKL and the Aga Khan School, Osh who are tasked with leading the programming during the school year.