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A New Name for the ACCC: The Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies Offers More for Students and for Afghanistan

October 16th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

After five years of successful operations, the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre (ACCC) is embracing a new name with bright, new prospects.  Ehsanullah Ehsan, director of the now-called Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies (KIMS), and recent recipient of the Charles W. Bowser Award for Innovation in Education, the US National Educator’s top honour, envisions an institution that will graduate “great leaders of the new generation”.

Ehsan explained the significance of changing from a ‘Centre’ to an ‘Institute’.  The certificates offered by KIMS will be of greater value to recipients, as the new name better reflects the facility’s quality of professional instruction and the students’ academic achievements.  Also, the Institute aspires to “eventually secure accreditation from the Ministry of Higher Education in Kabul, while the Center could not”.  Furthermore, Ehsan plans to generate a higher amount of local revenue resulting from these new developments as the school moves towards greater self-sufficiency.

Including ‘Kandahar’ in the new name is meant to emphasize the “local nature of the school”, as well as facilitate possibilities for funding and partnerships from sources outside of Canada.  The U.S. government has recently provided a generous grant expected to cover operating costs and teaching fees over the next year and Ehsan hopes that Canadian volunteers and organizations will continue as key supporters of the school.  The ACCC has enjoyed tremendous growth and success over the last five years and Ehsan was pleased to affirm that the name will live on. The school’s morning program for instruction in English, computers, and business, which is attended by over 160 Kandahari women, will continue to operate under the name ‘Afghan-Canadian Community Centre’.

Ehsan further highlighted the school’s role in contemporary Kandahar as he called for students and graduates of KIMS to “develop and adopt new ideas of modernity and enlightenment, including the importance of science, rationality, equality and justice, human reason, tolerance, and new technologies.”  Eshan’s vision is strong in this regard: “My hope is the young men and women from this Institute will…lead Afghanistan to a better future; they will gradually replace many of the evil forces that seek to control our destinies.”

  1. Samia Nasiry
    October 20th, 2012 at 03:16 | #1

    Dear all,

    Another innovation in education. Sir Ehsan wise, helping and rationale. That’s why our families trust him.

    Best regards,


  2. Lida Khan
    October 20th, 2012 at 22:55 | #2

    This is great and positive change, but it dose not mean that Ehsan or we the students forgot Canadian assistance in meanwhile we have promoted our school by help of Canadian long term support.
    The name changes will also help our safty in center because most of the places with farigner names are targeted.

    Thank you all,

    Lida Khan

  3. October 30th, 2012 at 10:26 | #3

    Its really surprising for an ACCC graduate to see so many positive changes. The change of name and website, and maybe so many new students too. Gaining knowledge from ACCC is an asset for everyone of us. It has given us knowldge, job, money and good reputation in our environment.

    Ehsan Sir’s efforts have shown up not only in the individuals but also in the development of the country. He has not given us a fish to eat for one day, but he has tought us how to fish and eat it lifetime.

    Any good saying or speech will not equal the efforts of Sir Ehsan.

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