The Aga Khan Academies
By: Perviz Walji
September 28, 2017
The Aga Khan Academies’ Teacher Preparation Programme (TPP) was designed to train outstanding graduates from public universities to teach one or more of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes at the Academies. The initial component of the three-part programme, the Choosing to Teach Institute was launched in Mombasa in 2013. This was followed by the other two components: the Learning to Teach Internship and the Teaching to Learn Residency. Today, the programme is established in Mombasa and being introduced in the other two existing Academies in Hyderabad, India and Maputo, Mozambique.
The TPP is offered in partnership with the University of British Columbia which provides some input into programme quality assurance and external assessment of participants’ work. It is also the first school-based programme to be recognised by the IB Educator Certificate in Teaching and Learning and the only such programme on the African continent.
“We can’t have great student leaders without having great teacher leaders,” says the Director of Academies, Salim Bhatia. A crucial aspect of the vision and mission of the Academies is to develop homegrown leaders, and valuable partnerships with credible institutions like the International Baccalaureate and the University of British Columbia act as a catalyst to achieving that goal.
The Aga Khan Academies, International Baccalaureate Organization and University of British Columbia recently entered a partnership agreement to recognize the AKA’s Teacher Preparation Programme (TPP) in Mombasa, Kenya. UBC’s Associate Dean Wendy Carr and IB Director Gary Little visited the site last spring and formalized the agreement this year whereby UBC faculty members will evaluate teachers engaged in the TPP in order to be recognized as IB educators.
On July 14, 2017, Jonathon Marsh, Manager of Professional Development, Aga Khan Development Network Foundation, held a first meeting with Gary Little, Meredith Fenton (incoming IB Director), and UBC IB adjunct faculty members, Shanaz Ramji-Motani, Isobel Willard, David Andrews and Luke Modder to develop the assessment protocol.
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