Aga Khan Seeks Former Students

The Monitor (Kampala)
August 6, 2002
Posted to the web August 6, 2002
Richard M. Kavuma

The Aga Khan schools, once some of the best in Uganda, have moved to rebuild their history.

The Aga Khan Educational Service (AKES) in Uganda has set aside Aug. 16-18 for 'homecoming' activities to bring together former students of its 15 schools.

AKES chairman Amin Shivji said yesterday that the homecoming is meant to inspire the current students of the Aga Khan schools in Uganda, through interaction with successful alumni.

"We also want the alumni to assist the current students with books, career guidance and scholarships," Shivji told journalists at Aga Khan High School.

AKES Chief Executive and Director of Education, Bob Turner appealed to the public to help recover photos, portraits, and memorabilia that disappeared from Aga Khan High School shortly before 1997.

The Aga Khan schools were started by the Ismailia sect but are open to children of all faith. The schools were taken over by government after ex-president Idi Amin expelled the Asians in 1972. In 1997 AKES started running the nursery, primary and secondary schools on Makerere Road. It also runs Kololo Nursery School.

Turner said all schools would eventually be taken over by AKES in due course. He said it is a huge financial investment taking over the running of the schools.

Meanwhile, a new international secondary curriculum starts at Aga Khan High School next January.

Turner said the school had secured permission from the ministry of Education and Sports.