The Aga Khan Academies move ahead with curriculum development

14 April 2009

The vision of the Aga Khan Academies includes an emphasis on five specific curricular strands to be woven through the IB curriculum

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.