In 2000, His Highness the Aga Khan initiated a programme for the establishment of an integrated network of schools, called Aga Khan Academies, dedicated to expanding access to education of an international standard of excellence. The Academies, which will educate young men and women from pre-primary through higher secondary education, are planned for key locations in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The first such school, the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, began operating in August of 2003, the second, the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India, in 2011 and the third Aga Khan Academy in Maputo, Mozambique in 2013.
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Early childhood lays critical foundations for a person’s entire life – a finding demonstrated not only by the latest advanced research in neuroscience and genetics but by nutrition and child development studies and programme evaluation data, including data from AKDN’s own programmes. Investments in Early Childhood Development (ECD) therefore offer outstanding returns, in both human and financial terms. The following paper explores approaches to ECD and the work of several AKDN agencies in this field. More
The conviction that home-grown intellectual leadership of exceptional calibre is the best driver of society’s future development, and that many developing-country education systems are too engulfed by poverty and numbers to develop their talented young people, has led His Highness the Aga Khan to found a network of catalytic centres of educational excellence around the world, known as the Aga Khan Academies.
The Aga Khan Academies are founded on the underlying premise that what students know is no longer the most important measure of an education; the true test is the ability of students and graduates to engage with what they do not know and to find solutions. The premise holds that a school must not only prepare a graduate for his or her first job, but for a life of inquiry and learning in a world that will change rapidly and continuously. Whereas rote learning may prepare students for jobs that currently exist, an Aga Khan Academy education goes further to prepare young men and women to grasp opportunities in the future.
Located in countries in Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East, the Aga Khan Academies are an integrated network of residential schools offering girls and boys an international standard of education from pre-primary to secondary levels with a rigorous academic and leadership-development experience.