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Jul 11,2008

Information on Aga Khan Academy, MombasaThe Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa is part of a network of schools, called Aga Khan Academies, dedicated to an international level of excellence in every facet of education.

The Academy offers a broad, multidisciplinary education with an emphasis on the humanities. Students study a range of subjects that include, but are not limited to, history; literature; the general sciences comprising physics, biology and chemistry; philosophy and ethics; the mastery of a foreign language and the study of foreign cultures; comparative religion; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; and the social sciences, including political science, government and global economics.

Admission is based solely on merit. It is also means-blind – that is, selection is based not on the ability to pay but on merit determined by a wide range of criteria, including academic strengths and overall potential.


The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa is implementing the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate system. The Programme, for students aged 3-11 in grades 1-6, focuses on the development of the whole child, addressing social, physical, cultural and ethical requirements, while giving students a strong foundation in all of the major areas of knowledge. In January 2005, The Aga Khan Academy (Junior), Mombasa, received “Candidate School” status from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

Students in the Middle Years Programme, for ages 11-16, are immersed in a challenging and enriching educational environment which emphasises the mastery of basic skills, the ability to analyse and think critically, the development of self-discipline and good work habits, the acquisition of computer literacy and progressive skill development. The Programme offers Key Stage 3 (Grades 7-9) and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) (Grades 10-11). IGCSE, one of the Cambridge International Examinations, is internationally recognised as equivalent to the UK GCSE and the International GCE O level examinations. IGCSE (core or extended curriculum) is taken in five subject groups: languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and creative, technical and vocational. In due course, Key Stage 3 and IGCSE will be replaced with the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the IBO.

At the Senior School, the Academy is incorporating the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16-18. This is a two-year course of study that prepares students for university. All DP students study languages, a social science, an experimental science, mathematics and an arts subject. Each student’s performance is evaluated by independent examiners and measured by his or her levels of knowledge and skills relative to set standards applied to all schools.

The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa is an IB World School. It began introducing the IB Diploma Programme in September 2005. The IB has become the curriculum of choice at international schools and academies worldwide. It is accepted by over 1700 universities around the world, including those in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Australia and in many other regions. The IB has come to be known not only for academic excellence but also for actively encouraging pluralism and community service.


Jul 11,2008

By our correspondent

The 51st Imamat Day of Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader and 49th hereditary Hazir Imam of Ismaili Shia Muslims, is being celebrated today around the world by his followers, including those here in Pakistan. The Prince Karim Aga Khan ascended to the throne of Imamat on July 11, 1957, replacing his grand father Sultan Muhammed Shah.

The day traditionally begins with prayers in Jamat Khanas for the prosperity and uplift of Muslims in particular and humanity in general, followed by programmes ranging from shedding light on the achievements, both spiritual and temporal, of the Ismaili Muslaims under the leadership of their Hazir Imam.

In one of his recent Farameens (sermons), Price Karim Aga Khan has emphasised upon the Ismailies in particular and Muslim in general to reposition theology with respect to the normal forces of human society to help develop the understanding that Muslims too live in the real world and have to contend with the same issues of life – poverty, hunger, tragedy and civil conflict – as being faced by other communities in the world.

“It is a very prestigious day for us. The second Imam in a row that has crossed fifty years. It’s a big thing in Jamat Khana tomorrow; everyone’s geared up for the day,” said one follower.


Jul 10,2008

Volunteer Tutors Needed
Aga Khan Education Board for Ontario

The Aga Khan Education Board for Ontario is recruiting volunteer tutors who would like to tutor ESL, English and Math for Elementary, Junior High or High School students. Tutors will provide assistance to students in the Quality of Life Improvement Program (QLIP) as well as other Education Board initiatives. We are seeking tutors who are committed and have a passion for teaching. Appropriate teaching material will be provided.
Tutors with specific backgrounds in subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Calculus or Physics are also required for high school level tutorials.

Please contact the Education Board if you are able to assist either during the summer for 1 to 2 days a week, or are able to make a longer term commitment.

For further details, please contact the Education Board by e-mailing