Recently, three AKESI schools achieved top rankings and awards in their respective districts, through the Educational World (EW) India School Rankings 2019-20 (the world’s most detailed school ranking survey):
- Aga Khan School, Chitravad - #1 in Gir-Somnath
- Aga Khan School, Mundra - #2 in Kutch
- Platinum Jubilee High School, Warangal - #1 in Warangal
The 14 parameters for ranking included: Teacher Competence, Teacher Welfare and Development, Academic Reputation, Co-curricular Education, Sports Education, Individual attention to Students, Life Skills and Conflict Management, Infrastructure, Value for Money, Leadership/Management Quality, Parental Involvement, Internationalism Outlook, Special Needs Education and Safety and Hygiene. To ensure that the ranking was accurate, 122 field personnel interviewed 12,213 fees-paying Parents, School Principals, Teachers and Senior School Students in 28 major cities and education hubs across India.
Asia’s biggest education event, India Didactics Association (IDA), also awarded Aga Khan School, Mundra for “Exemplary Initiative Towards Faculty Development Programmes”. The school ranked #1 out of more than 1600 entries that were received from across India. The school’s efforts in the professional development of its teachers was highlighted.
Other achievements included the environment sustainability initiative undertaken throughout the AKES schools in India. Plastic usage has been reduced at schools by 79% through planning and reuse. Paper usage has been reduced significantly by replacing most parent circulars through an online app for communication with parents. In addition, 3,225 saplings/trees were planted/distributed; 2,000 litres of water was saved daily (through drip irrigation from RO water discharge and sewer treatment to recycle wastewater).
At the Diamond Jubilee High School, Mumbai (DJHSM), two students (among 12 selected from across India) attended the Seeds of Peace Conference in Boston, USA. Seeds of Peace is dedicated to inspiring and cultivating new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict. It equips exceptional youth and educators with the relationships, understanding and skills they need to accelerate social, economic and political changes essential for peace. Seeds of Peace focuses on personal transformation and then wider societal change.
At the Diamond Jubilee High School in Hyderabad, the Head of Department for Telugu was awarded the Best Teacher Award by The Rotary Club of Hyderabad. The Award went to the teacher for her 26 years of continuous teaching efforts.
At the Platinum Jubilee High School, Warangal, the Principal was conferred with the Avantika’s Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award 2019 for his commitment & dedication in the field of education.