Coastweek – – In a mark of the importance of the occasion, His Highness the Aga Khan has conveyed a message to the first graduating class of International Baccalaureate diploma students of the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa.
Salim Bhatia, Director of the Academies Programme, addressed the graduates and gathered audience with the Aga Khan’s message which stressed the importance of the knowledge society and access to quality education.
He went on to convey: “…my hope is that throughout their lives, the first graduating class of the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa will find that they have been well equipped, not only to live within but, indeed to contribute, to the future development of the world’s know-ledge society.
“Full participation within it, and benefit from it, are clearly going to be two of the conditionalities which will impact the progress, for which we all hope and pray, for the societies of the developing world.”
The twenty-two graduates received their certificates in a dignified and moving ceremony, followed by a memorable celebration.
The Aga Khan Academy is the only school in Mombasa authorised to offer the IB programmes, a college preparatory diploma which is highly regarded by universities throughout the world.
The school is also the only school in Kenya authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
“To share the gifts one has – to do what we can to improve the lives of those who need our help is profoundly and personally rewarding”, encouraging the young graduates with the words
“You will stand apart for your excellence and as ethical and engaged citizens who can always be counted on to do the right thing.”
The Academy in Mombasa is the first of many Academies which are planned globally.
As the first in the network, The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa is the pioneering institution for all the other planned Academies.
It is situated on an 18-acre site in the Kizingo area of Mombasa, and the campus design was inspired by Swahili architecture and is attractive, self-contained and secure.
The Academy is currently undergoing a major building expansion programme to create residential, dining and additional athletic facilities for students from elsewhere in Kenya and East Africa who recognise the rigour and the holistic nature of the Aga Khan Academies programme.
While the Academy’s curriculum is based on the IB framework, new curricular strands unique to the AK Academies are being developed.
These include Pluralism, Ethics, Islamic Cultural Studies, Global Economics and Comparative Government.
Admission is offered to students of exception caliber determined by a wide range of criteria including academic strength and overall potential to make a meaningful, positive contribution to the world.
A financial aid programme is available.
Aga Khan Academies are currently envisaged in seven African countries (Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Mali), three countries in South Asia (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh), three countries in Central Asia (Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) and in Syria.