Lisa Gervais: A Journey of Lifelong Learning | Aga Khan Academies

Lisa Gervais: A Journey of Lifelong Learning

As one of two Canadian Development Exchange (CADEX) workers at the Academy in Hyderabad, I wear two hats: one is as an English Support Teacher at the Junior School and the other is with the Outreach programme.

From Ontario, Canada, I continued on the journey of lifelong learning when I embarked upon a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CERTESL) degree in 2010. While working full-time as a journalist, I put myself through part-time, distance education at the University of Saskatchewan, from where I graduated as an honours student in 2013. I had the great privilege of working at the Welcome Centre in Ajax, Ontario, helping adult immigrant newcomers to better settle in their adopted homeland of Canada.

I learned about the Aga Khan Academies in early 2013 following a visit from His Highness the Aga Khan to Canada, where the Canadian government pledged continuing support to His Highness’s work. When a job opportunity came up to work at AKA, Hyderabad, I jumped at the chance as I am passionate about the Academies’ mission.

Since arriving in late July, I continue to be impressed with the infrastructure and continuing potential of the Hyderabad campus. The projected growth is testament to the good work being done here.

I am thrilled to be part of a team that is already shaping the future of India by producing its future leaders. I am also passionate about the Outreach programme that is supporting teachers in government schools to not only improve their English language skills but their pedagogy as well. These teachers, and the students in their classrooms, inspire me every day. I look forward to my continuing time at the Academy.