Gilbert Atukunda, English Language and Literature teacher at the Aga Khan High School, Kampala, works with students and teachers to build a spoken word poetry tradition that empowers students to express themselves with confidence. “That attachment all the students have towards poetry, the opportunity they receive to freely discuss their passions, and the peer review and collaborative sessions brings everyone together and a part of a bigger picture, which I think gives the students that sense of social belonging they deserve within a school.”
Khushbu Kotak: Academy alumna creates free counselling service for youth
Growing up in an environment where mental health is sidelined, Khushbu Kotak, an alumna from the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, believed her feelings and opinions were often suppressed, leading her to feel unsupported. After going through counselling herself, she began efforts to destigmatise mental health well-being and started a counselling service for youth called Salama (“Safe”) Minds.
AKDN interview with Bronwen Magrath on improving schools
Aga Khan Foundation's work - in education and in other social sectors - has always been about working alongside communities. Schools2030 builds on this experience as it works in partnership with teachers, schools, local education authorities and governments to nurture learning improvement from the school and community level. The Schools2030 initiative, which is focused on classroom-driven education innovation and holistic learning, is based in 1,000 government schools across ten countries. Over the next ten years, AKF and its partners are committed to working with teachers, students and school leaders to define educational challenges and design solutions to those challenges.
Ashak Nathwani: A volunteer helps the AKDN build greener to reach its net-zero carbon target
Staff at the Aga Khan Foundation in Canada caught up with Ashak Nathwani about how the Network can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its institutional buildings to reach net-zero emissions, and how every household can contribute to a healthier planet.
Ayaan Allarakhia: Academy student sharing his voice to inspire others
Ayaan Allarakhia, 14-year-old Grade 9 student at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, has been passionate about music his whole life. His new song and music video Unaweza (“You can”) – which has over 12,000 views on YouTube – reminds people “to know that this pandemic is just a passing cloud and to remind [them] that we can stay strong during this trying time.”