In 2000, His Highness the Aga Khan initiated a programme for the establishment of an integrated network of schools, called the Aga Khan Academies, dedicated to expanding access to education of an international standard of excellence. The Academies, which educate young men and women from pre-primary through higher secondar education, are being built in key locations in Africa and Asia. Each Aga Khan Aademy campus is architect-designed and purpose-built.
They feature state-of-the-art classrooms and resource areas, and extensive sports facilities. The first Aga Khan Academy opened in Mombasa, Kenya in 2003, the second in Hyderabad, India in 2011 and the third in Maputo, Mozambique in 2013.
"As it has so often been said, we first shape our buildings, and then they shape us. In sum, the Academies will be serious, focused, rigorous environments - but at the same time they will be spacious and joyous places." His Highness the Aga Khan speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India - 22 September 2006.