AKSD strives to offer a caring and nurturing learning environment which provides each student with opportunities to develop their intellectual and artistic skills, but also their emotional intelligence, a moral foundation and social skill set.
The Aga Khan Education Service, Bangladesh operates The Aga Khan School, Dhaka (AKS, D). AKS, D is one of the leading English-medium schools in Dhaka offering the Diploma Programme a part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, as well as the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and A-Levels programme.
AKS, D strives to offer a caring and nurturing learning environment, which provides each student with opportunities to develop their intellectual and artistic skills, but also their emotional intelligence, a moral foundation and social skill set.
The staff and educators at AKS, D work to create an educational environment that successfully balances academic pursuits, sporting activities and cultural events, along with community life. AKS, D encourages pupils to be intellectually inquisitive and socially conscious. AKS, D believes that it is essential for students to both acquire knowledge and develop their capacity for critical inquiry, enabling them to fully engage with curricula, as well as fostering a sense of harmony between academic and non-academic pursuits, in order to equip students with essential life skills that will not only prepare them for further studies, but for their professional lives.
Developing critical thinking and analysis is at the core of The Aga Khan School, Dhaka's mission. The School encourages students to respect and appreciate other people's cultures, social structures, values and beliefs. Taken together, these objectives are designed to help equip children with the tools they will need to make their way in school, society and an increasingly interdependent world.
Founded in 1988, The Aga Khan School, Dhaka is an institution of the Aga Khan Education Service, Bangladesh. The Aga Khan School, Dhaka offers a caring and nurturing educational environment which provides each student with opportunities to develop artistically, emotionally, intellectually, morally, physically and socially to his or her fullest potential.
The Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) has a long tradition of leadership in educational development. The foundations of the present system were laid by Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, under whose guidance over 200 schools were established during the first half of the 20th century, the first of them in 1905 in Zanzibar, Gwadar in Pakistan and Mundra in India. Since the creation of Aga Khan Education Service companies in the 1970s, the schools have been centrally administered and managed.
AKES currently operates more than 200 schools and several educational programmes that provide quality pre-school, primary, secondary and higher secondary education services to more than 75,000 students in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates and Madagascar. Schools will also be developed in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As an English-medium school, all instruction is in English except for the national language, which is taught in Bengali. The students are fluent in oral and written English and Bengali.
The School has a partnership with the Aga Khan University-Institute of Educational Development, Karachi, Pakistan and is actively involved in the professional development of staff. Such academic partnerships allow the School to focus on staff development and training.
The Aga Khan Education Service (AKES), Bangladesh is considered one of the country's leading providers of quality education.
A volunteer Board of Directors manages the non-profit organisation. Financial surpluses are re-invested so as to continuously enhance education.
A small formal institution was established in 1988 to educate youth, based on the British Certification System with English as the language of instruction. The Aga Khan School, Dhaka offered Class Nine (O Level) through to Class 12 (A Level) education. From its earliest days, the School was equipped with a science laboratory and a library.
In May 1993, His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, signed a Protocol of Cooperation with the People's Republic of Bangladesh, establishing AKES in the country.
AKES, Bangladesh secured a 17-acre site for the construction of the Aga Khan Academy Dhaka, which opened in August 2022. The new purpose-built Academy is an IB World School featuring a student-centred teaching and learning environment designed to stimulate the joy of inquiry, and a broad, multidisciplinary education with an emphasis on the humanities.