CIS accreditation puts Oshwal Academy in the global league
Nairobi, November 11th 2016, Oshwal Academy Nairobi has joined the top of league of schools after receiving the Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation, becoming the sixth school in Kenya to get the global certification.
The Chairman of the Board of Governors of Oshwal Academy Nairobi Oshwal Academy Kaushik Shah said the CIS accreditation commits the school to quality teaching in line with international standards.
“We have been working for close to five years to get where we are today,” Mr Shah said at CIS award ceremony held at the school’s primary campus. “The CIS accreditation allows us to now benchmark with the rest of the world in education.”
Kaushik said the overall aim of CIS accreditation is to create a school environment that supports 21st Century learning that will produce students for the global market. One of the key improvements Oshwal Academy adopted in meeting the CIS standards was adopting a Child Protection Policy.
In a statement read on behalf of the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education Dr Belio Kipsang, who urged other Kenyan schools to adopt international best practices in education, especially educating global citizens. “Oshwal schools are focused on providing holistic education that entrenches child protection into the school system,” he noted. “This helps children achieve their full potential and ensure overall well-being.”
Oshwal is now part of the CIS community of education institutions which currently comprises 711 schools and 512 colleges and universities from 112 countries.
The journey for Oshwal Academy to CIS accreditation started in 2007 when it adopted the CIS model of school improvement. Six years later, in 2013, the school was put under a two-year self-study and improvement programme based on CIS standards.
CIS accreditation focuses on school governance and leadership system, operating systems, faculty and support staff, teaching and learning, school culture and guiding statement.
After completing the rigorous exercise and satisfying standards required by the CIS, Oshwal Academy Nairobi was finally awarded the CIS Accredited Status.
“We have not yet reached where we ultimately want to be. Our goal will be achieved when we inspire and help other educational institutions get to the standards we stand for,” said Mr. Shah.