Meet the new Student Representative Council presidents! | Aga Khan Academies

Meet the new Student Representative Council presidents!

21 September 2020

The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa's rigorous curriculum aims to develop students into principled, open-minded and pluralistic young leaders who are actively involved in their local communities through various curricular and co-curricular activities and platforms. The Student Representative Council (SRC), a student body that advocates for the needs and rights of students is one such platform for students to develop their leadership skills. On 15 september 2020, students voted in Aimaan Sayani and Aly Jassani, Diploma Programme (DP) 2 as the new SRC Presidents for the 2020-2021 academic year in the first-ever virtual elections. Aimaan and Aly tell us more about their vision and how they plan to represent their peers.

1. How do you feel about being elected Presidents?

Aimaan: I am really looking forward to pursuing this position. I am also slightly nervous as this is a huge responsibility and I really want to do the best I can. I am genuinely happy to be given this opportunity and really wish to give back to the school community.

Aly: I am nervous because it is a great responsibility but I am excited at the same time because it is a great opportunity to implement changes and solve problems.

2. Representing a diverse student body could prove to be quite the task. How will you work to be a liaison between the Academy's administration and the students?

Aimaan and Aly: By establishing a firm link between the students and the administration. We know that the well-being of students is a top priority for everyone and although it is sometimes hard to have students and teachers on the same page all the time, we will make sure to bring importance to the students’ voices by making sure all raised concerns are heard and that there is frequent communication between students and the administration.

3. What is the first thing you intend to accomplish as Presidents?

Aimaan and Aly: We want to work towards having more students’ voices being heard, which is particularly important in the online learning environment. We used to have frequent physical meetings with the students to hear out their grievances and convey to the school’s administration, but since that is not possible right now, we are hoping to implement something similar through online platforms.

4. What are some issues among the students that you hope to address?

Aimaan: My first goal is to encourage students to use the well-being and support services provided by the school and to build on these safe spaces so that students can freely share their issues with teachers and their fellow students. This will inevitably promote their mental well-being so that they are happy and healthy and remain focused in school. Aly and I also discussed the idea of having award ceremonies to celebrate all the talent in our school; from athletes, musicians, artists and more to further emphasise the importance of education outside the classroom.

Aly: My first goal is to implement more ideas conveyed by the student body. Aiman and I thought of creating an online platform for students to share their ideas. I would also like to encourage for more bonding time among students through various social activities.

5. Through your positions, how do you intend to promote the growth of the vibrant student body?

Aimaan and Aly: We hope to make more vibrant the platforms provided by the Academy for students to showcase their talents and grow. We are a very diverse body and providing everyone with a platform to be themselves spreads positive and lively energy. Students will continue to grow, feel recognised and accomplished after being commended by their peers.

6. How do you feel the Academy has shaped you as a leader?

Aimaan: The Academy has made me a more confident and independent person. It has provided me with collaborative skills which I can use when helping others in the school community and has taught me the amount I can learn from others around me as well. It has also made me aware of the importance of decision making and the impact it has on those around me. All of this has helped me grow to be a better leader.

Aly: The Academy has given me insight into different perspectives owing to its diversity, which has allowed me to be inclusive and respectful of everyone’s point of view. It has also enabled me to develop critical thinking skills to be able to solve problems under pressure and improve my communication skills to articulate my ideas in a more effective manner. Additionally, I have learnt good planning and organising.