ELS students elated at post COVID-19 graduation ceremony in Dubai

Dubai: Students at the (private) English language school in Dubai were delighted to be honored at a post-Covid-19 graduation ceremony held after a two-year absence.

“Thank goodness we got back to normal and were able to organize this event for our students,” said ELS school principal Rashid Ashraf. He said that ELS, which is a non-profit institute in Dubai, provides affordable education for students of various nationalities, mainly Pakistanis, pursuing their British (A-Level) education. He said credit goes to teachers, students and their parents for ensuring an evening of quality education during the challenges of Covid-19.

Hassan Afzal Khan, Consul General of Pakistan, along with other dignitaries present graduates with certificates during the Dubai English Language Private School 2022 graduation ceremony at the Pakistani Association of Dubai on June 22 2022. Photo Clint Egbert/Gulf News

About 60 students including 56 Pakistanis, two Filipinos and two Bangladeshis were honored at the ceremony held recently at the Pakistan Association auditorium in Dubai. The ceremony brought together parents, teachers, community members and diplomats.

“It is a wonderful effort on the part of ELS to organize such an amazing graduation ceremony for its students. I congratulate the students on their achievement as they have shown great resilience during the Covid- 19 to continue their studies and managed to get high scores,” Pakistan Consul General Hassan Afzal Khan said during an address on the occasion. He also handed out certificates and awards to students, teachers and members of the board of directors.

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Students enjoy the Dubai English Language Private School 2022 Graduation Ceremony celebrations at Pakistani Association Dubai on June 22, 2022. Photo Clint Egbert/Gulf News

“I have to say, this is a special class of 2021-2022 graduates who, despite everything, have passed with distinction and made their teachers and parents proud of them. I am sure you will continue to face life’s future challenges with the same passion and determination,” he added.

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Hassan Afzal Khan, Consul General of Pakistan, along with other dignitaries cut a celebratory cake at the Private English Language School Dubai 2022 graduation ceremony at Pakistani Association Dubai on June 22, 2022. Photo Clint Egbert/Gulf News

ELS Acting Director Mohammed Atif said ELS is one of the oldest schools in Dubai founded in 1978. It is conducive to achieving academic excellence but also builds the character of its students to successfully meet the challenges of an extremely competitive society,” he noted. Some 1800 students from 34 nationalities study at the school with a staff of 135 people.

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