Thursday, February 29, 2024

Zambia an attractive destination, says AISL director Russell Menard



Zambia remains an attractive destination for global citizens as showcased by the recent WorldFest hosted by the American International School of Lusaka (AISL). The school’s annual festival celebrates AISL’s diversity, peace and shared humanity. AISL, which has been present in Zambia for 31 years, has more than 70 nationalities from across the world at its campus.

AISL director Russell Menard says Zambia is home to many nationalities, cultures and races as seen during the festival and that the event is an opportunity to help students shape the world as they want it to be, where genders and diverse cultures appreciate one another.

“We recently celebrated WorldFest, bringing together more than 70 nationalities that are present here at our school campus in Lusaka. The festival, which is attended by students and parents, is a time for equality and a time to demonstrate how each member and culture within the AISL community is greatly valued,” he says.

This year, WorldFest brought together parents, students and the faculty at AISL for day of festivities that included a colourful parade of national flags as well as a food festival where different food and drinks from all over the world were sampled.

Menard adds that the diversity at AISL also reflects Zambia’s open doors to the world, welcoming different cultures and nationalities to the country. He says that Zambia’s appeal for people working and living in the country is drawn from opportunities to secure a great academic record for their children and that AISL has a rich track record of providing world class education in Zambia.

“AISL offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which is a pre university qualification recognized by universities Governments throughout the world. Zambia is an attractive destination for global citizens because the level of education, facilities and overall environment at AISL is a gateway to some of the top universities worldwide,” says Menard.

Founded in 1986, AISL is an independent co-educational day school that welcomes children from 3 to 18 years of age. With a student body of approximately 540 students, the school is fully accredited internationally by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools of the United States and the United Kingdom’s Council of International Schools.

The international nature at AISL is reflected in the school’s curriculum and programs. AISL is one of a handful of schools in Africa authorized to deliver all three of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

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