In line with the renewed Protocol of Cooperation signed between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Government of Bangladesh in 2013, AKDN is in the process of establishing a new centre of educational excellence in Dhaka – The Aga Khan Academy.
The Aga Khan has recently established a single agency, the Aga Khan Schools (AKS), which embraces both the Aga Khan Academies and the Aga Khan Education Services schools globally.
Building on the vision of the Aga Khan, the goal of the not-for-profit Aga Khan Academy Dhaka is to develop future leaders for Bangladesh who are equipped with problem solving and critical thinking skills to enable them to compete in a highly interconnected, competitive, and globalised world.
These new demands will be best met through the globally accepted International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, which will be adapted to the Bangladesh context and which emphasises enquiry, the development of research skills and critical thinking capacities.
The IB curriculum will be customised with the study of ethics; pluralism; economics for development; cultures, including Muslim civilisations; and governance and civil society.
Designed to international standards, the Aga Khan Academy Dhaka will also offer an award- winning campus built to accommodate 1,200 students, with residential facilities on an 18-acre site. Students and teachers will have access to purpose-built facilities and abundant green spaces for learning, recreation, sports and the arts.
The Academy in Dhaka will be the fourth in the global network of 18 Aga Khan Academies, joining those in Mombasa (Kenya), Hyderabad (India) and Maputo (Mozambique).
All students currently enrolled at the Aga Khan School, Dhaka have been invited on a priority basis to continue their educational experience at the Academy in Bashundhara.