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Teacher Secondment Programme Gets Underway at AKA Mombasa
With the first two Canadian teachers beginning their education responsibilities at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, the teacher secondment programme offered in partnership between the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Aga Khan Academies network of schools has been officially launched.
At the signing event, His Highness, an eloquent voice for setting a distinctive standard for excellence in education in the developing world, spoke of his vision and of this partnership as an “investment” in the profession of teaching.
“In investing in [this] partnership, we are investing in a profession which is critical for the development of a quality civil society in the third world…I would ask you to think of this not only in terms of what we will be able to achieve…but in a much wider context of the teaching profession and its position in the developing world.”
The first two Ontario teachers, Andrew Jones and Christine Robertson, arrived in Mombasa full of hope and promise, eager to teach and eager to learn. Both the teachers are seasoned educators with many years of experience in the teaching profession in Canada.
The expertise they will provide in strengthening key areas of education will benefit not only the Academies but also surrounding local schools.
“The secondment programme will allow for collaboration between teachers at the Academies and experienced educators from Ontario in order to facilitate an exchange of teaching practices and sharing of unique experiences,” reflects Bill O’Hearn, Head of AKA Mombasa. “In the future, this could benefit the wider teaching community because of Academy outreach efforts.”
In an additional feature of the agreement, the Government of Ontario will offer financial support to economically disadvantaged students to enable them to attend Ontario universities, which are amongst the best in the world.
By Perviz Walji, with Sarra Sheikh