Inaara Sarfani: Transformative Learning at the Academy | Aga Khan Academies

Inaara Sarfani: Transformative Learning at the Academy

Inaara Aziz Sarfani, a Diploma Programme 1 (grade 11) student at the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad strives to improve herself both academically and in extracurricular activities. She wants to pass the International Baccalaureate (IB) with flying colors and also have quality time with her friends. "A complete life with studies and friends and many books, this is me," she describes herself emphatically.

Inaara's areas of interest are English and History, and she has found an excellent faculty for both these subjects who guide her to excel. "The world is becoming competitive, and education is becoming important with the universities needing that 'extra factor' to accept students." She says the Aga Khan Academy has taught her to receive criticism and also to look at things from different perspectives, a skill that will help her in future years. In her extracurricular activities, Inaara teaches English communication skills and general knowledge to the girls at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, a program to improve the quality of education for girls by the government of India.

When asked why she chose the Academy, she says, "The name itself states that this Academy falls under His Highness's led institutions and that I will be able to learn new things, which I have…in an environment that cares for the best in me." Seeing a promising future for herself in the Academy, she says she immediately registered for admission. From the Academy's beautiful campus to the ever-helpful faculty and the sports facilities, for Inaara the surroundings matter. She says that the Academy provides students with a beautiful campus and resource centers – for example the laboratories that help her carry out experiments, a library where she can read new books and the "vast football field that helps clear my mind."

The most unique aspect of the Aga Khan Academy is the "student-teacher relationship which develops both the student's and the teacher’s knowledge in a certain area," Inaara says. Apart from traditional subject discussions, the students and teachers have friendly relations and talk about day-to-day events happening in school and around the world. To her, this kind of exposure is something that she finds very unique as "after all we are beings who yearn for knowledge which we can get only if we communicate with others about anything to everything," she remarks.

Inaara particularly enjoyed the Holi celebration at the Academy as a rewarding and fun day. This year, both day and residential students celebrated and enjoyed Holi together. Two periods after lunch were allotted to them to change into casual clothes and participate in this festival. "I could see the amalgamation of students from both sides with big smiles…enjoying every minute of Holi. This decision of the school deeply touched me," she says.

Looking to the future, Inaara sees herself as an IB facilitator, continuing to impart to future generations what the school has taught her. "Coming to the Academy, I have realized the importance of a facilitator, and this is what I want to become in the next 15 years," she says very adamantly.