Opportunities and options abound: New teaching campuses will help transform East Africa, but much work remains

The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, seeks out students with high academic and leadership potential, so they can be provided with an International Baccalaureate education. Photograph by: Monica Zurowski , Calgary Herald

The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, seeks out students with high academic and leadership potential, so they can be provided with an International Baccalaureate education.  Photograph by: Monica Zurowski , Calgary Herald

By Monica Zurowski – Calgary Herald – East Africa — Ask any Grade 7 student in Calgary what he or she wants to be one day and the response is likely to be a one-word answer.

Teacher. Engineer. Doctor. Perhaps even astronaut.

Ask the same question of students at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, however, and the answer becomes a thoughtful reflection on how they hope to make a difference in their country’s future.

A Grade 7 student named Asma, for example, talks about her hopes of going back to her village and improving living conditions there.

“As a girl, I want to go back as a woman who opened her community’s eyes, to change her community and I want to be a lawyer,” she says.

A classmate named Prudence has similar aspirations.

via Opportunities and options abound: New teaching campuses will help transform East Africa, but much work remains.

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