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 aim 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.