The future in their hands

30 March 2012

Class five students write about the Academy as a "home away from home" for the International Baccalaureate website.

Students in class five at the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad write about their school as a "home from home" for the International Baccalaureate website's feature entitled "The future in their hands."

Read the article on the IBO website

"Our lives have changed completely since coming to The Aga Khan Academy – we think it’s the best school ever. Located just outside Shamshabad airport in Hyderabad, it’s the second Academy of the Aga Khan Academies network, the first being in Mombasa, Kenya. But it’s been a long journey to get here – planning of the school began back in 2003 and 16 August 2011 was our long-awaited first day. 

"The beautiful school campus is spread over 100 acres of lush green land with 1,000 trees lining a 2km-long boundary wall. The 45 low-lying buildings are covered with red-coloured Agra stone that look radiant against the blue and white sky. On site, there’s a PYP block, an athletics centre, commons, a main academy block, a science and arts centre, libraries and residences for both staff and students. Natural forms of energy have been used wherever possible on campus, including solar heaters and rain-water harvesting to help save water.

"Our school follows the IB Primary Years Programme. Every day we learn new concepts, with regular assessments to track our progress. There are six Units of Inquiry each year and each unit has a central idea. For example, we learned about shapes and measurements in a unit called ‘buildings’.

"There are vast differences between our previous schools and the Aga Khan Academy. Teachers are very friendly, which makes for a relaxed atmosphere. The activities we do inside and outside the classroom are interesting and challenging and we don’t have to memorize meaningless content by repetition. 

"With such a beautiful campus we feel enthusiastic about coming to school every day – it’s like a home from home."