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Mukhi Family: Cherishing the Academy's nurturing environment

“Through our chain of observation, the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa surely plays an active role in the holistic development of every child. This is our consistent finding all through the two years of IB Diploma programme our daughter studied. This two-year journey at Aga Khan Academy Mombasa was fully laden with profound experiences that we cherish, as we have eventually seen our daughter progress in all domains of development.”

Faliha Altaf Mukhi graduated from the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa in 2017 with an International Baccalaureate Diploma and is now pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Global Business and Digital Art at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Faliha's proud parents, Aneela and Altaf Mukhi, are very happy with their child’s experience at the Academy. “The overall progress that we have seen in her is outstanding, both academically and non-academically!” they exclaim.

Faliha’s parents reside in Kampala, Uganda. Enrolling their daughter at the Aga Khan Academy, they say, was one of their best decisions. They feel that the educational experience provided by the Academy is exceptional, in the Eastern African region and beyond.

According to her parents, Faliha was able to take advantage of a number of development opportunities during her two years at the Academy. For example, she was the president of the Green Gang, an environmental protection endeavour, and was also involved in reporting for the school's website. In addition, Faliha participated in several information technology projects such as database creation and graphic design – she designed certificates, logos and marketing materials. “This experience at the Academy contributed tremendously towards her dream career in digital art. Through the Academy, she also had an opportunity to intern at the Aga Khan Foundation Uganda which further increased her IT skills and leadership capacity,” her parents mention proudly.

“The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa is modern and well informed in implementing an effective educational approach,” say Aneela and Altaf. They particularly appreciated the communication facilitated by the Academy through which parents are kept up to date on the curriculum, activities, assignments, results as well as overall performance. “This regular monitoring through effective means of communication helps the parents to take immediate action and ask for assistance from the very cooperative and talented teachers,” they comment.

For Faliha’s parents, the Aga Khan Academy helped tap into the hidden talents and potential of their child. “The day we were informed by our daughter’s mentor that she had successfully led her team towards their destination on their mountaineering adventure on Mount Kassigau, we felt very proud indeed! It made us reflect on her perseverance, leadership and analytical ability for problem solving. These innate abilities, somehow, remained subdued before this experience at the Academy,” they note. 

“I can happily say that the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa expresses all the traits of a learning community with all stakeholders having shared values and vision. Students at the Academy are active participants in learning... Such an environment truly nurtures them fully,” says Aneela. Moreover, Faliha’s parents find the systems at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa to be well organised, and they commend: “Residential and academic, both sectors are remarkably performing to the best of their ability. Well done all!”