“The spirit of pluralism will be further enhanced by the fact that each Academy will be part of a larger network. All of them will be linked…through programs whereby teachers and students will work for a time in a distant setting.” – His Highness the Aga Khan, Hyderabad 2006
Since the founding of the Aga Khan Academies program in 2003, His Highness the Aga Khan has consistently shared his vision of building a worldwide network of Academies that will allow students to spend time studying not only at their own Academy, but at sister Academies too – developing a group of pluralistic, well-rounded and tolerant future leaders, according to press release issued by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
Those hopes are now becoming a reality, through the Aga Khan Academies Student Mobility Program.
After research, planning and consultation, the Exchange Program piloted in 2018, allowing a group of Grade 9 students from the Academy in Mombasa and Hyderabad to “Exchange” with each other for a period of 7 weeks. During this time, the students were able to gain a critical appreciation of their own identity, values and beliefs, as well as those of their peers, whilst understanding and appreciating varying perspectives and outlooks from both social and academic perspectives. In an overarching goal of the program, students also learned more about the work of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) within the countries they were visiting.