Aga Khan Schools Curriculum

Whilst each of the Aga Khan Schools complies with the National Curriculum of individual countries, the Service enriches the curriculum with various teaching methodologies that emphasize student-centred learning. Some of the Aga Khan Schools in East Africa and Bangladesh follow the British IGCSE and IB (International Baccalaureate) curricula.

All schools offer student-centred teaching and learning environments designed to stimulate the joy of inquiry. Interactive education encourages students to ask questions, pursue independent lines of inquiry and develop interest and expertise in a broad range of knowledge.

Co-curricular subjects, such as music, art and dance, further enrich the curriculum. Extra-curricular activities, like after-school sports and clubs and programmes of community service, play an important part in extending learning to less tangible qualities, such as self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork, self-discipline and sociability - qualities that play an important part in the development of the students’ ethical systems.

Educational approach

The Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) is committed to achieving excellence by continuous improvement of its programmes, services and processes. Offering a superior education to students is perhaps the most important factor in creating a successful future for generations that will have to cope with a rapidly changing environment. The leading characteristics of the work of the Aga Khan Education Services are:

  • The continuing pursuit of excellence in educational practice and management in diverse and challenging settings;
  • Child-centred teaching methods;
  • A special emphasis on female education and;
  • School-based teacher development.

Currently, the major initiatives throughout the system include:

  • The enhancement of computer provision to supplement teaching and improve learning methods;
  • The improvement of physical infrastructure, particularly of community-based schools;
  • Advanced teacher training through the Institute for Educational Development at the Aga Khan University;
  • An East African education initiative to facilitate coordination of programmes, identification of best practices and quality educational initiatives, advancement of policy dialogue on privatisation of schools, improvement in teacher training and retention and acceleration of computer-assisted educational methods;
  • Development of long-term strategies to reposition the AKES systems in different geographical regions.