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  • The Educating Girls in Science programme is supported by the Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, as part of its Professional Development Centre (PDC) outreach programming. The programme orients teachers and students on establishing and running effective science clubs.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • The Aga Khan Academy, Maputo, Mozambique.
    AKDN / Tammy Goldswain
  • To help deepen the pool of well-trained teachers in East Africa and raise the standard of education in its surrounding communities, the Professional Development Centre (PDC) at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa provides substantial professional learning opportunities to teachers and school administrators from local government and other not-for-profit schools.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • To date, the Professional Development Centre (PDC) programmes have reached nearly 1’700 teachers in the coastal areas of Kenya and, through these teachers, more than 200,000 students.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • After just four months of training at the Aga Khan Academy Professional Development Centre, Moana Arussi, maths teacher at Kesauni Baptist School, reports more confidence in her role as an educator.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
Faculty development

Promoting excellence in teaching, both on campus and more widely, is a fundamental goal of the Aga Khan Academies.

The Academies aim to identify and develop teachers of the highest quality who are committed to both the all-round development of young people and their own professional excellence. Each Aga Khan Academy supports excellence by modelling best practices in teaching and learning within its classes and by providing high quality development opportunities for all Academy teachers. Faculty members are also enriched by opportunities to work collaboratively with experienced colleagues from around the globe and to teach abroad within the Aga Khan Academies network.

Investing in Teachers

The effort to establish a Professional Development Centre (PDC) at each Aga Khan Academy is one of the outstanding features of the network. The PDCs aims to strengthen the profession of teaching in the regions where the Academies are located by providing substantial professional learning opportunities to teachers and school administrators from local government and other not-for-profit schools. PDC programmes build competence by focusing equally on enhancing teachers’ subject knowledge and on how best to teach that subject, including interactive learning techniques and student-centred teaching methods. The programmes provide participants with a balance of intensive learning activities followed by an extended period of application and observation within the context of their own classrooms. As centres of excellence that implement best practices in education and teaching, the Aga Khan Academies, their teachers and the PDCs are valuable resources for education systems in the countries and regions where they are located.