The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi - Junior School - PYP Exhibition

06 June 2013

Better Citizens, Better Country, Better World...

The Grade 6 PYP exhibition took place between 6th and 7th June 2013 at The Aga Khan Academy Nairobi, Junior School. The exhibition was titled ‘Better Citizens, Better Country, Better World’ and was an in-depth, collaborative inquiry by students into real-life issues or problems. The collaborative inquiry project ran for about eight weeks culminating in the exhibition.

The students worked together to:

  • Identify, investigate and offer solutions to real-world issues and challenges, and
  • Present their findings to the larger school community.

The exhibition provided the school with a unique opportunity to:

  • Unite students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP;
  • Celebrate the transition of grade 6 students from the PYP to the MYP;
  • Engage members of the school community in taking action on real-world issues.

Grade 6 teachers and students worked collaboratively to identify issues of interest to them, such as:

  • Eradicating poverty
  • Peace and cohesion
  • Pollution solutions
  • Secure communities
  • Human - animal conflict
  • Health for all
  • Democracy in Kenya
  • Resource management
  • Children’s rights
  • Disaster preparedness

These issues were organized under a central idea that states, ‘As proactive citizens we can make responsible decisions and take positive actions to change our communities and the world.’

The exhibition began with students observing their surroundings and reflecting on issues of interest to them that they wished to take concerted action on. Students then sorted their areas of interest and identified the main challenges that face our communities as outlined above. Once the students were grouped – based on their interests, they formulated conceptual research questions that guided their inquiry. The next steps included research, field trips, hosting experts and finally presenting their findings, experiences and action plans to the larger community.