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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 4:56 am    Post subject: AGA KHAN ACADEMY MOMBASA Reply with quote
ISSUE NO. 2826 JULY 01 - 07, 2005
Coastweek Kenya


Coastweek - - Mr. Jarman (AKAM Headmaster Senior school)
and Mr. Gioko Project Supervisor, Back Row : Mrs Alice;
Wanjohi M., Madhurita P., Aleem J, Zainab J., Shiraz 0 and
Mr. Okelo. Front Row R-L Mr. Batada, Anisha S., Fiona M.,
Kumail H., Levi G, Tanjeed A., Anoushka R and Sheliza D.

THE 'top school' from the coast PROVINCE

Coastweek - - After being declared the best school in science congress last year at the provincial education day, graced by Minister of Education Pro. George Saitoti, The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa reinstated its status again at the just concluded National students congress in science and technology fair.

The school presented six projects during the 43rd students' congress whose theme was Science and Technology for Sustainable Utilization of Our Resources.

The event was held at Moi University Chepkoilel campus on the 3rd and 4th of July, repords Gioko M. Anthony, HOD Science Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa Kenya.

The projects were well presented with applied science talk Ground Fault Interrupter circuit scooping the first position nationally.

The projects accumulated points earning the Aga Khan Academy the 2nd runners up in the Nation and top school from the coast.

Coastweek - - Sheliza Darvesh
(left) and Anoushka Rajan
who achieved First position in
applied science with their talk
titled 'Ground Fault interrupter
Circuit' in the 43rd National
students congress.
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Linking Academy Students with Internationally Recognized Aga Khan Foundation Projects
Posted on 27 April 2009

AKA,M and Aga Khan Foundation Community Service Partnership Programme (CSP)

A new partnership has been established between the AKA,M’s Creativity Action and Service (CAS) component of the Diploma Programme and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) community development projects in the Mombasa area.

Diploma students will now have the opportunity to take their learning and sense of civic responsibility a step further, by offering their service to meaningful and long-term placements with Aga Khan Foundation projects.

Placements will offer students a first hand glimpse into the development challenges existing in local communities and the opportunity to work alongside qualified development professionals on programmes ranging from health care to rural support to education.

Applications for Summer Service Placements, beginning the end of June and finishing mid-August, will be available for pick up starting May 4th, 2009 at the CAS/University office on the second floor of the Library.

For further information on the partnership and placements please contact:

Nicole Nikolaidis:
George Killeen:

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Aga Khan Academy Mombasa Career’s Fair

May 6, 2009
Posted by ismailimail in Africa, Education, Education Services, Kenya.
30 April 2009: On Wednesday, April 22, the Aga Khan Academy held its inaugural Careers Fair. This provided the students with an opportunity to meet with experts from a large range of professions who talked with the students on a one to one or small group basis. Many of the experts were parents of the Academy students, past and present. It is hoped that this will be an annual event and eventually we hope that some participants will be past graduates of the school.

Students in grade 8, 9, 10, 11 and DP 1 were invited to attend the event at different times throughout the morning. The event was very informal and informative. A wide range of professions were represented including those from the fields of health (doctors, an orthodontist, an optician and a pharmacist), business (accountants and a financial consultant), legal, hospitality, human resources, banking, travel and engineering.
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AKA,Mombasa becomes first Kenyan school to offer the full IB programme
Posted on 02 June 2009

In May of 2009, the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa became the first school in Kenya to be authorised to offer the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. There are currently 708 schools in the world and only a handful on the African continent authorised for this programme.

This achievement was down to the hard work and dedication of a largely local staff who have proven themselves to be fast learners. Critically, it now allows the Academy to better instil local culture and relevant learning into the lives of their students, while simultaneously being able to better prepare them specifically for the challenges which await them as they enter the Diploma programme in the last two years of their time at the Academy.

Head of Academy, Peter J McMurray commented that the journey to this point has been an amazing one with the knowledge that the staff have gained form their intensive workshops, training and professional development beginning to manifest itself in both the teachers, and indeed the students’, confidence.

The first class who will complete the MYP programme and gain certification are the current eight graders who will graduate in 2011.

The school community is delighted by this recognition and is excited to embark on the next stage of its maturity as an IB World School.
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Guest speaker Professor Azim
Nanji gave the key note address

Coastweek -- Guest speaker Professor Azim Nanji has given the key note address to 'The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa IB Graduation ceremony celebrating the graduation of its third cohort of IB Diploma students.

Professor Nanji was actually born in Kenya and attended the Aga Khan School in Mombasa.

He subsequently has held senior academic and administrative posts at various American and Canadian universities.

He is currently Senior Associate Director of the Abbasi Programme in Islamic Studies at the Stanford University in California.

Professor Nanji spoke knowledge.

"You too have now done the same but remember that it is meaningless if you do not pass that knowledge on to others".

The ceremony ended with musical celebrations, including traditional Kenyan songs performed by the Academy teachers.

Head of Academy, Peter J. McMurray, commented that the quality of the graduating class was extremely high and he was confident that they would be capable of listening to the words of wisdom from Dr. Nanji and go out into the world and make a difference.
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The Aga Khan Academies move ahead with curriculum development

The vision of the Aga Khan Academies includes an emphasis on five specific curricular strands to be woven through the IB curriculum. These areas, designated as 'AK curricular strands', are pluralism, ethics, governance and civil society, economics in a global context and cultures – including Muslim civilisations. They are meant to help young people clarify concepts, gain knowledge and develop values that are consistent with the Academies’ educational mission.

The ongoing definition and organisation of a curriculum which includes these chosen areas of emphasis is an essential area of development for the newly formed Aga Khan Academies network. An AKA Curriculum Advisory Committee has been formed, and five advisors (one per strand) have been identified to participate in the first committee meeting to be held in Mombasa on 15 June 2009. Advisors include: Prof. Azim Nanji, Chair; Afroza Nanji (independent consultant), Pluralism; Farid Panjwani (faculty member, ISMC), Cultures; Richard Pearce (independent consultant and faculty member at International School London), Ethics; Tristian Stobie (current Head of DP, IB, soon to be Vice Principal of Atlantic College UWC), Governance and Civil Society; and Nicholas Wachira (AKU-IED faculty member), Economics in a Global Society. The meeting will also include members of the Academies Unit and staff from the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, as well as the new Director for Academic Planning and Development for Maputo, Lee Davis.

The committee will monitor the progress in the development of the AK strands, provide guidance for their integration into all aspects of the curriculum, and advise the Academies network on the use of research and resources that will inform best practices.
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bilingual students outperform monolinguals
in creative thinking and problem solving

Coastweek -- The Aga Khan Academy (AKA, M) is proud to introduce the first English and Kiswahili educational programme in Kenya.

This exciting dual language learning initiative will enhance the Junior School's Primary Years Programme, providing its students with a stimulating education through which they will gain the advantages of bilingualism.

Emile Cioran, a Romanian philosopher once said, 'We don't live in a country; we live in a language.'

It will be through Kiswahili that AKA, M students will be able to access, appreciate and under-stand the richness of Kenyan culture that would be un-attainable without the language.

This is fundamental to the fulfilment of His Highness the Aga Khan's vision for the Academy.

What is The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa ?

AKA, M is the first of an integrated network of schools, called the Aga Khan Academies, dedicated to expanding access to education of an international standard, offering a diverse curriculum, including academic, artistic and athletic pursuits, the school fosters an ethical, public-minded and pluralistic approach to life and learning.
The School's learning environment is designed to enhance the students' academic excellence, their sense of civic responsibility and service, their understanding of global issues, and their analytical and independent learning skills.

To best achieve these aims, the Aga Khan Academy utilises the curricular framework of the International Baccalaureate Organisation and is the first school in Kenya authorised to offer all three of its academic programmes:

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students in Grades 1 - 6, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students in Grade 7 - 10, and Diploma Programme (DP) for students in Grades 11 - 12.

As an IB World School, AKA, M promotes a holistic approach to international education which encourages inquiry teaching and learning, reflection and a commitment to service or action.

AKA, M strives to provide a relevant, challenging and internationally minded education for our students, contributing to their development as leaders with a pluralistic view for civil society in Kenya and the world.

To take on such leadership roles, our graduates must be bilingual, able to communicate effectively not only in English, but also in Kiswahili, the National Language of Kenya.

Research clearly illustrates that there are more benefits to dual language learning than the creation of bilingual and biliterate graduates.

It has been consistently demonstrated that bilingual students outperform monolinguals in tasks requiring divergent or creative thinking and problem solving.
These students have shown a greater mental flexibility and a superiority in concept formation when compared to children learning in one language.

In addition to the cognitive benefits, children acquire meta-linguistic abilities when learning in two languages.

In other words, they gain insights into their own language through the study of another.

What is a dual language educational programme?

There are a variety of terms used to describe dual language learning, such as bilingual and multilingual education, or two-way immersion programmes.

Essentially, dual language learning occurs when two languages are used for approximately equal time in the curriculum and the classes will have a mix of both language speakers.

Educational research clearly supports this view.

The iceberg analogy developed by Jim Cummins in 1980 explains the fact that the two different languages a bilingual speaker uses may appear to be two different peaks of an iceberg, but there is a common underlying 'central operating system' of language use and cognition in the speaker's brain.

Therefore, two languages used by a bilingual speaker tap into the same set of thinking abilities and concepts rather than into two separate systems of thinking or processing.

The aim of the Aga Khan Academy's dual language programme is not just to produce bilingual, biliterate and multi-cultural children.

The School strives to provide an enriching programme that meets the individual needs of each student, one in which the students become critical thinkers, able to solve problems both independently and collaboratively.

The fact that our students will be given the opportunity to develop their conceptual under-standings in two languages will enhance all of these aims.

If you would like more information regarding any of the Aga Khan Academy's programmes, please contact the School at: or visit the School's website at:
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Microsoft Honour For Aga Khan Academy Mombasa

Coastweek -- Head of Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, Peter J McMurray [centre] is seen while being presented with a Microsoft 'Mentor School ' recognition certificate by the Global Vice President of Microsoft's Innovative School's Programme, Michael Golden.


Coastweek -- The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa has been honoured during a recent ceremony in Salvador, Brazil, by being invited to become part of the prestigious 'Mentor School' programme initiated by Microsoft Corp.

The Academy becomes only the 12th school in the world to join the programme.

The honour is part of the Microsoft Innovative Schools Programme which currently has 30 'Pathfinder' schools recognised for special achievement globally.

'Pathfinder' schools showing effective educational innovation are invited to apply for Mentor School status.

The 12 mentor schools were each presented with a new cutting edge technology smart screen computer.

According to a Microsoft spokesman: "Mentor Schools will be honoured at the event because they have achieved a level of change within their education systems and are viewed as leaders in their countries and regions.

"Their innovations have a global interest and are replicable models that other schools can follow."

The five day event in Salvador was attended by over 400 influential educators and teachers from around the world.

School heads were invited to discuss innovation in today's modern world especially the use of Information Technology in helping young people globally obtain the education they deserve.

The Aga Kan Academy is the only school in Africa to be recognised with this honour and it now will be working closely in partnership with Microsoft to design and implement educational innovations which will have a positive impact both locally, nationally and throughout the continent.

Other Mentor schools include exemplary institutions in Australia, the United States, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom and South America.

Notable schools worldwide include: Silverton Primary School, Australia; Literacy@School, Canada ; Crescent Girls' School, Singapore ;Hellerup School, Denmark; Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Learning, England, U.K.

Microsoft will be hosting a similar event in 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Junior School Student Initiated Fund Raising
Posted on 08 December 2009

The Junior School students care about animals and have initiated a number of activities to support the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA) organization. After seeing a number of stray cats near the school, a group of Year 5 students were compelled to find a way to help these creatures. They discussed the problem with their friends and brainstormed possible ways to help the animals, deciding to organize a bake sale to raise money for the KSPCA. The students enlisted the help of the student council and made flyers to advertise their cause and raise awareness. Junior School students were quick to respond, contributing goods to be sold and happy to buy the delicious treats for their break.

The success of this event prompted a group of Year 4 students to offer another bake sale to raise more money for the KSPCA. They too, independently advertised for the sale, arranged for contributions and then sold goods to their fellow students at break time.

The money raised from these two events was combined with KSPCA club’s funds from their activities. Last term this group of thoughtful students held a bake sale and a swim-a-thon to raise awareness of the plight of animals and the difficulties the KSPCA were facing. In all, the Junior School students raised more than 22,800 Kenyan Shillings and were pleased to present Mr Eric Dadu, a KSPCA Inspector, and field officer Mr Timothy Agoi, with this donation at an assembly on Thursday 3rd December.
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Teaching Fellows Programme at the Aga Khan Academies
By Robbye Good • Feb 3rd, 2010

The Aga Khan Academies have announced a program to recruit a small number of recent graduates from well respected universities to serve as Aga Khan Academy Teaching Fellows.

Normally appointed for a two-year period, the Teaching Fellows will have the opportunity to work with gifted and talented youth from diverse ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Some of the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate are: excellent academic achievement; a record of significant involvement in residential, athletic, and community service during university; and genuine interest in and commitment to the development mission of the Aga Khan Academies.

The Aga Khan Academies ( are an integrated network of residential schools dedicated to expanding access to education of an international standard of excellence to exceptional young men and women regardless of their ability to pay, that offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum from Primary Years to the Diploma Programme.

If you are interested in learning more or applying, please visit –

[In 2008, Aga Khan, the Founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network ( and Aga Khan Academies, delivered the International Baccalaureate's annual Peterson lecture, the text of which you can read here -]
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AKA,Mombasa launches a new PD programme
Posted on 16 April 2010

The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, today announced a new initiative aimed at primary school teachers within the Mombasa municipality. This programme focuses on building their understanding and practice of effective teaching methods in language learning as well as improving the teachers’ fluency in English. Twenty-seven teachers from 10 schools have been selected to participate. This programme takes advantage of the Academies’ expertise, developed in its own teaching staff, and its ability to model innovative practices to operate high quality professional learning programmes at an international standard.

The three tiered-programme totaling 450 hours, is part of a series entitled the Professional Learning for Educators Series (PLES) that is being developed by the network of Aga Khan Academies and is currently being piloted in two other Aga Khan Academy locations: Maputo, Mozambique and Hyderabad, India. It has two main areas of focus, both the enhancement of the teachers’ own language fluency and building their skills in applying innovative approaches to language teaching and learning.

This series responds to the need to improve the standard of teaching and learning of English, identified during extensive market research and interaction with government and departments of education. The series will in the future include programmes for teachers of other subject areas and a specialised programme for school leaders (developed and offered in collaboration with the Aga Khan University – Institute for Educational Development) focused on developing pedagogical leadership skills.
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The Honourable Minister Najib Balala, visits the PYP Exhibition
Posted on 04 June 2010

On May 21st, the Junior School had the pleasure of welcoming the Honourable Minister of Tourism to the Academy on the occasion of the PYP Exhibition. The proceedings began with the Kenya National Anthem and a song item sung by the choir.

Mr. Najib Balala addressed the gathering, his message directed mainly at the students concerning the Year 6 Exhibition topic of “Peace and Conflict”.

The Honourable Minister showed great interest as he visited the various displays and interacted enthusiastically with the Year 6 Exhibition presenters.

His questions to the students were taxing and made them dig deep into their critical thinking skills before offering answers. Mr. Balala also made friends with the AKA, M “Soldiers of Peace”.

Residential Students' Expedition to Taita Hills
Posted on 03 June 2010

From May 21-25, the residential community set out for our annual expedition and camping trip. Built on the framework of the Presidents’ Award Scheme, the trip aimed to teach students basic survival skills, map reading and compass skills, and teamwork skills. We also insist that students bear responsibility for the way in which they treat their environment, leaving it better than the way they found it.

In school, we push and stretch students academically to see what they can achieve. In Taita Hills, we pushed and stretched students physically, mentally and emotionally -and we were so impressed by what they achieved. Before leaving the Academy, students were placed in groups, which they would hike and cook in.

We arrived at our first camp site on Friday, May 21 in the evening, excited and ready for the challenges that faced us. Students started the day early at 5:45am, cooked breakfast, and prepared for the day’s hike. After 14 km of hiking in the rain, students arrived at their next camp site. In their teams, students prepared for dinner, boiling rice and cutting the meat and vegetables. That night, we celebrated Mordecai’s birthday with cake and cheers. During the night, students (in groups of 5) took turns in shifts guarding the camp site.

Sunday morning was an even earlier start at 5am. After a morning jog and stretching, students prepared their breakfast and packed their lunch. Groups then departed, compass and map in hand, to negotiate the hills. 10 km later, students arrived at our camp for the night, tired and hungry, but in good spirits. Again, students prepared their dinners and guarded the campsite, as we prepared for our final day of trekking.

Monday morning was exciting, as we knew we would be climbing Mt. Vuria, the highest peak in Coast Province at 2228m. After 7 hours of trekking, the group finally topped the mountain. After taking lunch and a few photos, we headed back to camp for our last night.

The night culminated in skits and songs by each group, followed by another birthday celebration - Christine’s.

The students demonstrated tremendous heart, effort and discipline. Even though the journey was tough, groups kept a positive attitude and supported one-another.

Congratulations to everyone! We are looking forward to our expedition next year.
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The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa celebrates its fourth graduation ceremony
Posted on 12 June 2010

The Class of 2010, 35 International Baccalaureat students, today graduated from the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa. This is the Academy’s fourth cohort of graduates. The ceremony was attended by Director of the network of Aga Khan Academies, Salim Bhatia, as well as keynote speaker, Ms. Nurjehan Mawani, Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, where a future Aga Khan Academy will be built in coming years. Also attending is the Director General of the International Baccalaureate, Mr. Jeffrey Beard.

This year, Aga Khan Academy graduates have been awarded university scholarships, such as the University of British Columbia’s International Leader of Tomorrow and Humanitarian scholarship, and important scholarships from the University of Reading, valued so far this year at a total of around 40 million KSh (half a million US$). Graduates have also gained admission to other outstanding universities including a number of top UK universities, McGill University, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Pennsylvania, one of the American Ivy League institutions. It is to be noted that both the UBC scholarship recipients and many other successful graduates have been supported under the financial aid programmes while studying at the Academy.

Families, students, faculty and guests had the pleasure of listening to two renderings by the school choir (student and faculty) and a reception was held after the ceremony.

To read the speeches: click below:
- Nurjehan Mawani's Keynote Address
- Salim A.L. Bhatia's Welcoming Remarks

Graduating Class
Abbas, Samira Nawab, Abdulhusein, Zulfequar, Abdalla, Muzamil Mohamed, Balala, Aalawy Talal, Budhdeo, Priyanka Vipulkumar, Bhaijee, Farrah, Bugu, Ali Musa, Chebukati, Rachel, Gilani, Nushare, Jaffer, Zain, Kanani, Shaheera, Khaki, Shahidali Muslim, Koorjee, Imran Aasif Jafferali, Korla, Varun, Matofu, Samira Nekesa, Mitha, Aly, Morjaria, Shiv, Mulwa, Michelle Lucky, Mwangari, Omar Athman, Mwanza, Rebekah Muweme, Namboze, Rhoda, Ngala, Michael, Radier, Geoffrey, Rashid, Adil Safdar, Parpia, Hafsa, Rose, Jason Michael, Salyani, Fahima, Salyani, Yasin.
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Microsoft honors Kenyan teachers

Written By:Claire Wanja , Posted: Thu, Sep 02, 2010

The winners will next meet at the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in Cape Town.

Microsoft has rewarded teachers that demonstrated exemplary uses of technology in the classroom to improve student learning in the 2010 Innovative Teacher Awards at the Pan-African Innovative Education Forum.

The 18 winning teachers were chosen from among the 54 representing more than 15 countries at the Forum and will go on to represent Africa at the sixth annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum being held in South Africa later this year.

"Gathered here in Mombasa are the pioneers of African education," said Zeid Shubailat, Education Director, Microsoft Middle East and Africa.

"We are here to celebrate the impressive work that these teachers and school leaders are doing to help every student in African realize their full potential."

The Africa Best Practice winners in the four main competition categories were Samuel Avornyor of Ghana, Innovation in Community; Linda Bradfield of South Africa, Innovation in Collaboration; Warren Sparrow of South Africa, Innovation in Content; and Lilian Ofori-Asare of Lesotho, Educators' Choice Award. Several teachers were also nominated for the Judges' Award.

The winners announced on Wednesday at the gala ceremony in Mombasa, will next meet at the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum on 25-30 October 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Held for the first time on the continent, the Worldwide Forum will host approximately 150 teachers from over 100 countries to help create global communities of educators that can share ideas and best practices with their peers.

"It is an absolute honour to be a finalist for the Innovation in Content award in the company of so many amazing teachers," said Anthony Gioko, a teacher at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa.

Since 2008 in Africa, the Partners in Learning Forum has rewarded individuals for excellence in teaching. To enter the competition, teachers are asked to submit a relevant project for their students using multimedia tools, such as audio, video, or photo, for local Innovative Teachers Forums.

At this year's Pan-African Innovative Education Forum, 13 judges representing 9 countries spent nearly 20 hours talking to the teachers and learning about their projects before deliberating and selecting the final winners to represent Africa at the worldwide event.

At the Forum in Mombasa, school leaders from 1 Mentor and 9 Pathfinder Schools also participated in a three-day workshop where they were recognised for their leadership in driving system-level educational reform in Africa.

"Leadership in education requires a passion for innovation, but more importantly, it calls for collaboration," said Rob Burrough, Head of Academy, Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, the host of the Forum and Africa's first Mentor School.

"We have the responsibility to share our discoveries with schools that have fewer resources than our own to multiply the innovation effect for more teachers and more students."
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AKDN and the International Baccalaureate Team Up to Improve Access to Quality Education in Developing World

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Gouvieux, France, Thursday, 28th October 2010 – The Aga Khan Development Network Foundation (AKDN Foundation) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) agreed today to intensify joint efforts to broaden access to quality education for students across the developing world and provide richer and more global perspectives to those in the industrialised world.

The Memorandum of Understanding, signed at AKDN’s headquarters north of Paris, provides a framework for strengthened cooperation in the advancement of education and the improvement of delivery of education services through AKDN agencies such as the Aga Khan Academies, the Aga Khan Education Services, the Aga Khan University and the University of Central Asia. It covers the entire spectrum of education from early childhood to secondary school, graduate studies and continuing professional learning for educators.

The Memorandum was signed by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Head of AKDN’s Social Welfare Department, and by Jeff Beard, Director General of the IB. His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, and Carol Bellamy, Chair of the IB Board of Governors, were present at the signing.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan praised the agreement as a milestone in cooperation between AKDN and the IB.

“The agreement is an important step in an already strong relationship we have with the International Baccalaureate, not only because it will enable our educational institutions to benefit from the educational philosophy, curriculum expertise and academic excellence associated with the IB, but also because it will be instrumental in bridging cultural divides and traditions,” she said.

The IB’s Director General Jeff Beard hailed the agreement as an important move in expanding the organisation’s geographic reach.

“This is a significant development as it will allow IB to extend its reach in developing countries and draw upon the wealth of expertise AKDN has in providing education to students in some of the poorest and most challenging parts of the world,” he said. “It will help us to broaden our international curricula with specific attention paid to the developing world and Muslim societies. AKDN is recognised for its decades of experience in countries where we would like to strengthen our presence.”
The agreement results from a strong alignment of goals and values between the two organisations, including a commitment to pluralism, a desire to increase access to quality education, particularly in the developing world, and shared perspectives on issues such as the importance of ongoing teacher development, and inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two organisations also commit to exploring opportunities in areas such as curriculum development, graduate education, the professional recognition and development of teachers, and advocacy relating to academic freedom.

The AKDN is in the process of establishing an integrated network of residential schools offering an international standard of education from pre-primary to secondary levels with a rigorous academic and leadership-development experience. The schools, which will be established in Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East, will admit students based on merit, irrespective of the ability to pay. The Academies’ network, which intends to follow the IB’s curriculum, will complement the already existing network of some 300 schools and programmes operated by the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) in twelve countries, providing education to rural and urban students from pre-primary to higher secondary levels. Several of the AKES schools already offer the IB programmes.

The Network’s international universities, such as the Aga Khan University (AKU) with its nine campuses worldwide, and the University of Central Asia (UCA) not only provide students with an internationally recognised standard of higher education but also offer teacher training and development through Professional Development Centres, the AKU’s Institute for Educational Development and the UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education. For further information on the Aga Khan Development Network’s educational activities, please visit

The International Baccalaureate is a Swiss-based not-for profit foundation which offers three high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For over 40 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century, and for helping to develop the citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. For more information about the IB and its programmes, visit

For more information please contact:

AKDN Foundation
Contact: Kris Janowski
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Coastweek -- Sajni Rajen Malde is seen [standing from left] together with Immaculate Koigi, Stephen Makau Kimanzi, Kashyap Gohel, Cecil Adede, Tasin Zafferhusein Sheikh, Alyhussayn Nazir Khambiye, Moez K Dungarwalla, Arjun Singh Asan, Hrishikesh Venu Nair, Zahid Mohamedzakir Ladha, Rishad Kabar, Shaneabbas Jagani, Nafisa Abdhulhamid, Gary Lee, Joan Nyangena, Maxie Howai. Sitting [from left] Maria Giada Vischi, Terry Wambui Gakuru, Saaiqa Merali, Soraiya Merali, Zilna Rajesh Shavdia, Atiya Harunani, Lubaina Mustafa Adamjee, Shezin Nazib Jiwa, Nausheen Sumar, Salima Mitha, Khadija Amiyo Mohamed, Eliza Alarakhia, Marion Mwanganyi.


Aga Khan Academy Mombasa
Seniors Graduation


Coastweek -- The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa has honoured its senior students at the annual Graduation ceremony.

The 29 students have just completed their International Baccalaureate Diploma examinations and were 'farewelled' at a formal ceremonyon Saturday attended by nearly 500 people.

Guest speaker, Mr Salim Bhatia, Director of the Aga Khan Academies Unit and based in France, reminded the audience that graduation is a turning point when you can look back at and feel proud of your scholastic and extra-curricular accomplishments, while looking forward to the unlimited and often unimaginable opportunities that lie ahead.

Mr Bhatia focused his discourse on the importance of networks and networking, referring to the Facebook phenomenon now used by one tenth of the world’s population as a means of communication and connection, and as a catalyst for action.

Mr Bhatia then made an association with the network of Aga Khan Academies, of which Mombasa is the first of 18 Academies to be built in Africa , South and Central Asia , the Middle East .

A new Academy is opening in Hyderabad , India , in two months’ time and the next in Maputo , Mozambique , within two years.

He also discussed the students’ own experiences through internships and community service with the programmes of the Aga Khan Development Network.

He affirmed that there is tremendous strength and potential energy that the network of Aga Khan Academies will be able to exert across the developing world and the globe.

Mr Bhatia then challenged the graduates to remain actively involved in the Academies network.

He also gave examples of leadership; Aga Khan Academy alumni were demonstrating at top tier Universities encouraging graduates to fulfill their destiny as ethical leaders who have a positive impact on society.

The Aga Khan Academy graduates are dispersing to universities around the world.

Many are heading to Canada and the United Kingdom , with others moving to the United States , Australia , South Africa and Nairobi .

Areas of study are wide ranging, including medicine, engineering, architecture, law, management, finance, marketing and political science.

A number of the students have gained full tuition scholarships.


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These include Zilna Shavdia and Stephen Kimanzi University of British Columbia; Rishad Kabar: Trent University, Canada; Joan Nyangena York University, Canada; Hrishikesh Nair University of Waterloo Canada; Nafisa Abdulhamid University of Alberta, Canada; and Sarrah Sheikh, the University of Reading, United Kingdom.
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