The Aga Khan Lycée, Khorog

Outside the classroom, camps and clubs at the Lycée help students to develop leadership, learning and life-skills, in addition to a sense of social responsibility in areas such as computer coding and technology, theatre, dance, sports, business, English language, mathematics, media and student government.


The Aga Khan Lycée follows the Tajik National State Curriculum for students in Grades 0 to 11.

The curriculum is offered in three languages of instruction or streams, which include English, Russian and Tajik, chosen by families during the admissions process in Grade 0. Each of these language streams, offer two additional language subjects to promote multi-lingual fluency, including, the teaching of the Tajik language, thereby cultivating knowledge and appreciation of the country’s rich history, literature and heritage.

Moreover, the curriculum focuses on approaches that foster engagement and critical thinking skills while also developing creativity and problem-solving abilities. The National Curriculum is also supplemented with international content standards and skills, including ICT subjects to ensure that graduates are prepared equitably with students from other competitive nations.

The following subjects are taught:

  • Tajik language and literature
  • English Language
  • Russian Language
  • Mathematics
  • The Sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Social Studies (Geography, History and Law)
  • Economics
  • Physical Education
  • Arts
  • Design and wood working
  • Home Economics

In addition, the Lycée enriches the curriculum with additional lessons, quality spaces and resources such as Science and Computer labs and the Learning Resource Centre, as well as conducive class sizes that promote both independent and small group learning, and facilitate deeper study and research skills.

Outside the classroom, camps and clubs at the Lycée help students to develop leadership, learning and life-skills, in addition to a sense of social responsibility in areas such as computer coding and technology, theatre, dance, sports, business, English language, mathematics, media and student government.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Aga Khan Lycée in Khorog recognizes the importance of a well-rounded education that features activities beyond the classroom.

The extra-curricular clubs are facilitated by teachers as well as community experts, and are organized to meet the leadership and citizenship objectives of the AKES graduate profile. AKL clubs go further by giving students opportunities to learn and practice:

  • Decision-making skills,
  • Interpersonal skills,
  • Community service, and
  • Critical and evaluation skills

AKL offers a wide-ranging choice of clubs that include:

  • Academic clubs such as Math, Computers, Science, Russian language, IT and Geography;
  • Cultural clubs such as Art, Music, Chess and Handicrafts;
  • Sports clubs including Basketball and TaeKwonDo;
  • Citizenship clubs which are Business, Health, Tourism, and Civil Society.

Science Fair

Recognizing that the progress of every nation and community relies on innovation and new ideas, the Aga Khan Lycee introduced an initiative to nurture a love of science, scientific research and its application among young people. Annually, the AKL organizes the Science Fair, in which more than 250 students from grades 2 to 10 participate and present over 50 projects in various disciplines, including physics, chemistry, ecology and biology. The students share their scientific findings before a jury, which is comprised of the Aga Khan Development Network’s agencies, international organizations, as well as representatives from Government and educational institutions. Those students with the most notable and inspiring projects are recognised and awarded.

AKL Summer Camp

The AKL Summer Camp was first launched in 2006 in Khorog, Badakhshan,Tajikistan. The primary goals of the camp are to help participants develop their teamwork and leadership skills. Secondary goals are to help participants explore pluralism and civil society.

Participants are selected from both the Aga Khan Lycée and Government schools. To date, over 1000 students participated in the camp and over 100 benefited from the camp facilitators’ sessions. The camp supports young people to develop more independence, increased confidence and self-awareness, and a sense of belonging and responsibility to the wider community.

Positive Youth Development Forum

Annually, over 500 students of grades 8-11 benefit from this forum. The aim of this project is to the strengthen relationships and build a greater sense of community amongst the students of Khorog town, thereby reducing the chances of conflict amongst the youth.

The programme builds on the student’s skills nurtured during summer camp, and promotes a sense of service to others through various civil society projects in and around Khorog town.

Students from 11 Government schools of Khorog town come together to discuss and understand the needs of their community members and the various constraints on them. This then evolves into local school or neighborhood projects whereby the youth learn how to make a case and involve the various stakeholders to address the problems at hand.

They further hone their leadership skills and develop dispositions towards civic engagement, and in turn they learn to be more critical and creative in their thinking and problem-solving and develop important interpersonal and real-world skills.


The AKL also enables its students to successfully participate in different National and International competitions, commonly known as Olympiads, much of them focusing on knowledge in specific subject domains. AKL believes that such opportunities bring rigor to the academic experience, broadens their horizon and develops their personal talent. Students in their final year of high school that achieve outstanding results in National and International Olympiads are rewarded at times with direct admissions to universities and/or receive financial rewards that can be used toward higher education.

Summer Programmes

Despite being on summer break, the Aga Khan Lycée (AKL) remains a buzzing hub of learning and creation with a number of educational programmes in operation.

The programmes, open to students beyond those enrolled in Aga Khan Education Service, Tajikistan institutions, invite young people from across Khorog and from the surrounding districts to learn together. In concert, these programmes aim to expand the students' minds and to hone specific skills in language, mathematics, and science.

Mathematics & English Summer Upgrading Programme
The Mathematics & English Summer Upgrading Program aims to prepare students for tertiary education opportunities. Students develop their critical thinking skills and engage with a variety of literature including novels such as Iqbal by Francesco D'Adamo and The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. The five-week course is offered to rising ninth and eleventh graders across all language mediums and is facilitated by two qualified volunteers from Canada.

Let's Speak Levels 1 & 2
Students in grades 3 to 8 have the opportunity to participate in the Let's Speak programmes. Students enhance the clarity and artistry of their communication through these immersive English language programmes.

Let's Speak 1 & 2 employ theatre and other participatory pedagogies to engage students and to improve English-speaking abilities. For many students, the Let's Speak 1 programme is their first exposure to the English language and begins the process of adding English as a third or even fourth language to their linguistic repertoire. The Let's Speak programmes end with public theatrical performances by the students based on the books that they read together.

Maker's Space Lab
Stanford University engineering students transformed AKL's Learning Resource Centre into the region's first Maker's Space Lab. They run Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) programming that invites students to problem-solve and experiment with new technologies. Students are exposed to electronics, stop-motion photography, virtual reality technology, and 3-D printing, among other concepts. The Maker's Space programme also serves as a training resource for teachers from AKL and the Aga Khan School, Osh who are tasked with leading the programming during the school year.