The Business Standard: Aga Khan Academy [Bangladesh] – History, Modernity, and Future

Musharrat Amin Maisha @mushypandaa – July 5, 2022
Although the construction is expected to be finished in 2025, the project has already won the World Architecture Festival Award 2017 in the Future Projects (Education) category.

What if a school could physically walk us back to the 8th century?

That is when our Bengal region boasted Buddhist monuments like Paharpur, Mainamati or Mahastangar. These terracotta-sculptured archaeological sites were built, among other things, with red bricks, which happen to be a classic aspect of architecture in this part of Bengal.

The Aga Khan Academy, which is still underway, bears all the aforementioned marks of that architectural heritage. The buildings of the institution are connected with nature. They are designed to breathe through another definitive feature of Bengal architecture: ‘Jali’ screens and windows. This lets fresh air in, but still shelters residents from natural elements, as opposed to many contemporary schools, which are enclosed and often lack any open spaces. The classrooms with glass louvre windows, however, are still air-conditioned.

Remember a time when you hastily took notes before the teacher dusted it off the board? In this academy, teachers will write on an electronic board, which automatically transfers the notes to electronic tabs provided to the students. Students are also allowed to take the tabs home with them.

The courtyards are decorated with a symmetric layout of plants, brick seats and wooden tables. Photo: Saqlain Rizve/The Business Standard

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About Aga Khan Academy Dhaka
The award-winning Aga Khan Academy Dhaka represents a significant investment in education by the Aga Khan Development Network for the benefit of Bangladesh. It will become a new national asset for the whole country – and for its broad educational community.

Through its Professional Development Centre (PDC), the Academy will also act as a regional hub for academic innovation and excellence. The PDC is dedicated to training new teachers to the highest standards while offering veteran teachers the opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of education through research and practice. This expertise is then shared to enhance teaching and learning at government and other schools.

Aerial view of Aga Khan Academy. Photo: AKDN

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About Aga Khan Academies
In 2000, His Highness the Aga Khan initiated the establishment of the Aga Khan Academies, an integrated network of schools to be located in countries across Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East.

The aim of the Academies is to develop future leaders with the skills and knowledge to support positive development in their societies. The Academies achieve this by recruiting exceptional young people from all backgrounds and providing them with the highest international standard of education.

Admission is based upon merit, with financial aid available to ensure access for accepted students regardless of financial circumstances.
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