"What can be more honest
and noble than to teach others what you yourself know best?” said the Roman
It is this idea that leads Ayan Aliyeva, the CEO of A-Level Education
Centers. While still a high school student, at the age of 17, she started
teaching English and realized that the goal of her life would be to share her
knowledge with as many people as possible.
Today, Ayan is the founder of the A-Level Education Group, which, thanks to
hard work and perseverance, has reached the global presence.
Nevertheless, this story is about the creation of one of the branches of
A-Level Education Center, located in the suburb of Balajari.
So, a long time ago in the very center of the suburb there was a
restaurant, owned by Ayan Aliyeva’s father. In the difficult times of the 90s,
the facility fell into complete decline, and huge investments were needed for
its restoration, which the family did not have at the time.
The two-story building stood empty and abandoned for about 10 years, as the
state was asking the family to buy it out and privatize it, which couldn’t
happen as the family didn’t have the funds to do so.
As the whole business of her father was in jeopardy, Ayan set herself
the goal - by all means to redeem it. At that time, the girl was just 26 years
old and due to the state and international grants, she received 4 degrees in
the UK and the USA, that will later on help her opened a couple of language
schools throughout Baku. However, at the time, this was not enough to privatize
a two-story facility.
Despite the difficulties, Ms. Ayan was stubbornly moving towards her goal,
because at that moment she already knew what she wanted - to open a real
language school that meets all European standards in the neighborhood she grew
Fast forward a few years, as Ayan was preparing to become a mother, she also
embarked on one of the biggest challenges and adventures of her life. Having collected
all the savings and taken a huge loan, she finally privatized the object. The
second part of the improvement of the old restaurant required a second loan to
be addressed and used for the reconstruction, and repair of the building.
Ayan’s relatives and friends were
shocked by her decision, because they believe that the building would bring
income and return of investment only if it continued its old function as the
"Partially they were right; schools
bring practically nothing financially,” Ayan laughs. "But the satisfaction that
I feel, knowing that I've enabled the residents of my native settlement to
study under the same conditions as children in European countries, does not
compare with anything. This is my contribution to the development of the area.
This is my "thank you,” says Ayan Aliyeva.
Today, the Balajari branch of A-Level
Education Group is the only language school of this level in the entire
Binagadi district. Teachers who teach in it pass at least three stages of
advanced training abroad or take online courses, and some are personally
trained by Ayan. The school carries out pre-school and school training,
language learning, and different kinds of testing.
Today, Ms. Ayan lives in between two countries - the USA and Azerbaijan.
She is receiving her fifth and sixth degree at the University of Liberty, where
she is studying inclusive education for children (majoring in providing access
to education for children with special needs, autism, Asperger syndrome, and
Down syndrome), as well as educational management. In addition, she is going to
defend her doctoral dissertation and get a doctorate in philosophy.
It is worth noting that the knowledge on teaching methods and
educational management acquired by her in the UK and America is being
implemented in all branches of A-Level Education Group in Azerbaijan. So - the
training in these schools and centers meets international standards.
In addition, A-Level Education Group provides professional training on
inclusive education. Trainings are conducted by certified inclusive specialists
- teachers and doctors. Currently, teachers and psychologists are undergoing
additional training in an inclusive teaching methodology to enable children in
need of special care to receive education on an equal basis with