The Aga Khan Education Service (AKES), India won the “School Chain of the Year” award in the K-12 education category for the 2022 India Didactics Association (IDA) Education Awards.
The IDA Education Awards acknowledge educational institutions that transform teaching, learning and employability outcomes. They also recognise the contributions made by the educational institution for pursuing new opportunities, continuously innovating and exhibiting a high degree of accountability for quality education. The awards are broken down into three categories, Early Learning, K-12 Education and Higher Education, with IDA receiving more than 2,500 nominations across 25 states for this year’s awards.
AKES, India’s CEO Farhad Merchant was overjoyed with the institution receiving this award, especially since this award is given to only one school chain.
“Aga Khan Education Service, India has strived over the years to ensure the best quality education is provided to our students,” Farhad said. “Getting recognition at the national level as the ‘School Chain of the Year’ by Asia’s largest exhibition for education and skilling is like having a dream and seeing it become a reality. It would not have been possible without the relentless efforts of our teams across AKES, India.”
In addition to winning this award, AKES, India was the finalist in the following categories:
- Early Childhood Education Chain
- Exemplary Initiatives Towards Faculty Development
- Leading Individual School (Diamond Jubilee High School, Mumbai)
About Aga Khan Education Services (AKES)
AKES was created by Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, the current Aga Khan’s predecessor and grandfather. Aga Khan Schools were first established as early as 1905. These included a handful of community-based literacy classes in remote rural areas of South East Asia which were strikingly progressive for their time. They put emphasis on accessibility for all communities regardless of socioeconomic status, teaching both girls and boys, and stressing the importance of equitable early childhood education.
Today, AKES is one of the largest private, not-for-profit, non-denominational educational networks in the developing world. AKES currently operates over 200 pre-primary, primary, secondary, and higher-secondary schools and programmes in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates. Programmes include affiliation with rigorous national curricula and international curricula such as the International Baccalaureate, Cambridge International Education and the Aga Khan University-Examination Board (AKU-EB) programmes. The schools have been an exemplar of progressive education in the regions within which they operate, with a continued emphasis on child-centered learning, teacher training and education for girls. AKES has been a leader in these areas for over a hundred years.
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