Citizen Witness | The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa’s Class of 2022 Achieve Exceptional IB Results

July 29, 2022

Citizen Witness [Kenya] can report that despite being a cohort that started their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) journey online, the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa’s Class of 2022 has received exceptional results in their IB DP examinations.

Image: Citizen Witness

The class’s average score of 34.8 is once more well above the world average of 31.98 with two students scoring an impressive 44 out of 45, a feat achieved by less than 3% of students worldwide last year. “I am truly grateful for the great support and guidance from the Academy community that has helped me continue to persevere and achieve all my ambitions,” said Mishal Lalani who will be attending Middlebury College and is one of two top-scoring students.

Mishal Lalani. Image: Citizen Witness

“Spending 12 years at the Academy with such an enriching, pluralistic community helped open my eyes to many different ways of thinking and helped me become the pluralistic and open-minded individual I am today. I will always remember and continue to practice this passion and drive in life” [she said].

The Class of 2022 have been offered over $7.5 million in scholarships to attend prestigious universities around the world including Dartmouth College, Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, Cardiff University, the University College London and Monash University amongst many others.

“At the Academy, I met outstanding faculty and like-minded peers who were not only ambitious and talented but also approachable in times of need,” said Jeremy Michoma, the second student to score 44 out of 45 and who will be attending Princeton University this fall.

Jeremy Michoma. Image: Citizen Witness

“The intrinsically collaborative environment made it conducive for me to do way more than I had imagined was possible. The Academy instilled in me a spirit of compassion that I will carry with me into the future” [he said].

The Aga Khan Academies’ mission and the IB’s mission resonate in their aspirations to nurture ethical young leaders who will help create a better and more peaceful world marked by empathy and pluralism.

To this end, the Academies implement a dual-language programme to develop linguistic and cultural pluralism. For this year’s graduating class, 19 students were awarded a bilingual diploma, which is awarded to candidates who completed two DP language and literature courses.

Furuzon Atobekova, one of the students who graduated with a bilingual diploma and received a 42 on her exams, attributes her success to the resources and support she received at the Academy.

Furuzon Atobekova. Image: Citizen Witness

“Having graduated the IB with a bilingual diploma has enabled me to express the complex opinions one forms during the programme in multiple contexts,” Furzon said. “The Academy supported me and other students through creative and interactive lessons as well as a provided me with a diverse library which supported me in receiving this kind of diploma.”

This year’s results represented many successes. All students in the Academy’s Talent Identification Programmes achieved the IB Diploma, with several receiving scholarships to universities around the world.

The programme is developed in line with the Academy’s vision to provide exceptional students with an international-standard education and leadership opportunities, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Aga Khan Academies’ mission and the IB’s mission resonate in their aspirations to nurture ethical young leaders who will help create a better and more peaceful world marked by empathy and pluralism.

Head of Academy Alison Hampshire describes the class as resilient and dedicated.

Alison Hampshire, Head of Academy. Image: Aga Khan Academy Mombasa

“You are all potential changemakers, and as you leave the Academy you will be joining a global network of leaders who have graduated from the Academies. Each of you with your special attributes bring possibility to the future. These accomplishments would not be possible without the hard work, dedication and support of the staff, who have accompanied these students each step of the way during their journey.

On behalf of the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, we would like to offer our congratulations to every student within the Class of 2022 for their impressive accomplishments and wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavours.”

About the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa
The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, a programme of the Aga Khan Development Network, is the first of a network of 18 planned academies to be established across Africa, Europe, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East to provide a world-class education to exceptional students who possess strong leadership potential.

Admission to the Academy is based on merit, and financial aid is available to ensure access for students with demonstrated need. Pluralism and ethics are core values of the educational programme at the Aga Khan Academy, and the student body reflects the full diversity of East Africa, including students from all socio-economic backgrounds.

The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering an IB curriculum that is locally rooted and globally relevant. Academy graduates consistently earn places and scholarships at the world’s top universities.

Source: Citizen Witness

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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