The Aga Khan Academy (AKA) Hyderabad introduced the school at a seminar in Vivanta Panaji recently. It was attended by parents and children from all over Goa. The school is part of the global social development arm of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and is one of six agencies in India. Established in 2011, the academy is one of three active Academies (Mombasa, Maputo with Dhaka coming online next year) in an intended global network of academic ‘centres of excellence in education’ to be established in 14 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia.
The outlook and educational perspectives of the Aga Khan Academies are based on the vision of Aga Khan which aims to change tomorrow’s outcomes in the developing world through identifying, nurturing and developing young people of exceptional ability and giving them a world class education with access to enrichment, sport, and creative opportunities.
Entry to the academies is merit-based and needs blind. Over 50 per cent of the current students in Hyderabad are receiving financial aid.
The academy in Hyderabad represents quality education and innovative ‘edutech’ opportunities, delivering a world class, secular education through a partnership with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB).
The Academy has an equal commitment to developing teachers in partnership with local government and NGOs through an Academy based PDC (Professional Development Centre). These existing programmes are benchmarked against international standards provided through training and external monitoring by external agencies, including AKF India and IB. Some of these programmes have been contributing to local schools and youth skills development in Hyderabad since 2011. The current outreach activity is supporting anganwadi digital transformation with a view to developing education content and access platform into Mahabubnagar, Telangana’s most deprived district.