Aga Khan Academy , Mombasa , has announced a new initiative aimed at primary school teachers within the Mombasa municipality. This programme focuses on building their understanding and practice of effective teaching methods in language learning as well as improving the teachers’ fluency in English. Twenty-seven teachers from 10 schools have been selected to participate. This programme takes advantage of the Academies’ expertise, developed in its own teaching staff, and its ability to model innovative practices to operate high quality professional learning programmes at an international standard. The three tiered-programme totalling 450 hours, is part of a series entitled the Professional Learning for Educators Series (PLES) that is being developed by the network of Aga Khan Academies and is currently being piloted in two other Aga Khan Academy locations: Maputo , Mozambique and Hyderabad , India .
It has two main areas of focus, both the enhancement of the teachers’ own language fluency and building their skills in applying innovative approaches to language teaching and learning. This series responds to the need to improve the standard of teaching and learning of English, identified during extensive market research and interaction with government and departments of education. The series will in the future include programmes for teachers of other subject areas and a specialised programme for school leaders (developed and offered in collaboration with the Aga Khan University – Institute for Educational Development) focused on developing pedagogical leadership skills. The Aga Khan Academy , Mombasa is part of a network of 18 residential schools that will be located in countries in Africa , South and Central Asia , and the Middle East and opened its doors as a day school in 2003, with a first cohort of residential students in 2009.
It currently enrolls 580 students from Grades 1 to 12 with a teaching staff of 77. It is the first school in Kenya to offer all three programmes of the International Baccalaureate. In addition, the Academy, through its Professional Development outreach programme, is committed to sharing the high-quality expertise of its faculty through the delivery of a range of professional learning opportunities, such as the PLES programmes, to educators from neighbouring government, private and not-for-profit schools. The Aga Khan Academies is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) which consists of nine agencies with individual mandates ranging from education, health, economic development, culture, and the strengthening of civil society. It is present in 35 countries across South Asia , Central Asia , the Middle East , Africa , Europe and North America and has an annual budget for development of more than $450 million, making it one of the largest private development organisations in the world.
AKDN is also non-denominational, conducting programmes without regard to the faith, origin or gender of the people they serve.
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