The Aga Khan School, Dhaka

AKSD strives to offer a caring and nurturing learning environment which provides each student with opportunities to develop their intellectual and artistic skills, but also their emotional intelligence, a moral foundation and social skill set.

About Us

AKES in Bangladesh operates the Aga Khan School, Dhaka. AKSD is one of the leading English-medium schools in Dhaka offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Diploma Program (DP) as well as the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and A-Levels program.

AKSD strives to offer a caring and nurturing learning environment which provides each student with opportunities to develop their intellectual and artistic skills, but also their emotional intelligence, a moral foundation and social skill set.

The staff and educators at Aga Khan School Dhaka work to create an educational environment that successfully balances academic pursuits, sporting activities and cultural events, along with community life. AKSD encourages pupils to be intellectually inquisitive and socially conscious. AKSD believes that it is essential for students to both acquire knowledge and develop their capacity for critical inquiry, enabling them to fully engage with curricula, as well as fostering a sense of harmony between academic and non-academic pursuits, in order to equip students with essential life skills that will not only prepare them for further studies, but for their professional lives.

The Aga Khan Approach and School History

The Aga Khan School, Dhaka Approach

Developing critical thinking and analysis is at the core of The Aga Khan School, Dhaka’s mission. The School encourages students to respect and appreciate other people's cultures, social structures, values and beliefs. Taken together, these objectives are designed to help equip children with the tools they will need to make their way in school, society and an increasingly interdependent world.

School History

Founded in 1988, The Aga Khan School, Dhaka is an institution of the Aga Khan Education Service, Bangladesh. The Aga Khan School, Dhaka offers a caring and nurturing educational environment which provides each student with opportunities to develop artistically, emotionally, intellectually, morally, physically and socially to his or her fullest potential.

The Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) has a long tradition of leadership in educational development. The foundations of the present system were laid by Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, under whose guidance over 200 schools were established during the first half of the 20th century, the first of them in 1905 in Zanzibar, Gwadar in Pakistan and Mundra in India. Since the creation of Aga Khan Education Service companies in the 1970s, the schools have been centrally administered and managed.

AKES currently operates more than 200 schools and several educational programmes that provide quality pre-school, primary, secondary and higher secondary education services to more than 75,000 students in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates and Madagascar. Schools will also be developed in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

English Language Requirement

As an English-medium school, all instruction is in English except for the national language, which is taught in Bengali. The students are fluent in oral and written English and Bengali.

Partnerships

The School has a partnership with the Aga Khan University-Institute of Educational Development, Karachi, Pakistan and is actively involved in the professional development of staff. Such academic partnerships allow the School to focus on staff development and training.

Achievements

Exams: CAIE


YEAR
2017-2018
2018-2019

IGCSE
98%
96%

AS Level
88%
81%

Advanced Level
88%
90%

AKSD wins awards at the International Turkish Hope School Interschool Bangla Olympiad

Fifty seven students from The Aga Khan School, Dhaka participated in the sixth inter-school Bangla Olympiad for students of English medium institutions on February 11, 2017 at the premises of International Turkish Hope School (ITHS). They competed in six categories: group dance, poem recitation, essay writing, singing, art and forum speaking.

Sarah Nawar of grade V and Khadiza Binte Ahsan won awards in art, Muntasina Aziza Yeana of grade VII in poem recitation and Namira Rasul in forum speaking. They received awards for their outstanding performance at a grand award ceremony held on February 18, 2017.

In tribute to all martyrs of 1952 and International Mother Language Day, every year International Turkish Hope School celebrates by organizing an interschool Bangla Olympiad. A total of 1,400 students from 58 schools of Dhaka and Chittagong participated in the Olympiad this year.

Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award Ceremony

On November 27, 2016, The Cambridge Examination board organized "Outstanding Cambridge Learners Award" Ceremony at Hotel Westin. Eight of our students received the "Top in Country" award for their qualification. 7 students qualified International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and 1 Cambridge International AS. (Please see list below)

Proma Ayesha Kibria of Grade XI was selected to address the audience on behalf of the awardees at the Awards Ceremony. In her speech, she talked about the hardship and reflections of all awardees. She also, remarked that “Rome was not built in a day”. She also reminded the audience, that "before we (awardees) patting ourselves on the back a little too hard, we cannot forget to acknowledge all those who have contributed towards our success today".

Her words were echoed by The Special Guests and Chief Guest in their speeches.

CAMBRIDGE AWARD WINNERS 2016

Qualification
Syllabus
Student name

Top in Country

IGCSE
Accounting
Fairuz Karim

IGCSE
Accounting
Md Mustakeen Ul Bari

IGCSE
Additional Mathematics
Sayem Nazmuz Zaman

IGCSE
Economics
Mohammed Abdullah Ibne Khan

IGCSE
First Language English (Oral Endorsement)
Proma Ayesha Kibria

International AS Level
Environmental Management
Daminee Zakiya Salahuddin

IGCSE
Art & Design
Khan Mohammed Reaz

IGCSE
Environmental Management
Mehjabee Mahmud Mattra

IGCSE
Information & Communication Technology
Sayem Nazmuz Zaman
School Achievements

Aga Khan Education Service, Bangladesh

The Aga Khan Education Service (AKES) is considered one of the country’s leading providers of quality education.

A volunteer Board of Directors manages the non-profit organization. Financial surpluses are re-invested so as to continuously enhance education.

A small formal institution was established in 1988 to educate youth, based on the British Certification System with English as the language of instruction. The School offered Class Nine (O Level) through to Class 12 (A Level) education. From its earliest days, the School was equipped with a science laboratory and a library.

In May 1993, the Aga Khan signed a Protocol Agreement with the Government of Bangladesh establishing the Aga Khan Education Service in the country.

The Aga Khan Education Service recently secured a 20-acre site for the construction of an Aga Khan Academy. The new purpose-built academy will be an IB World School featuring a student-centred teaching and learning environment designed to stimulate the joy of inquiry, and a broad, multidisciplinary education with an emphasis on the humanities.


More about the Aga Khan School, Dhaka

The Aga Khan School, Dhaka, is authorized to implement the International Baccalaureate (IB), Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Diploma Program (DP) as well as the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and A Levels program.
AKSDAA
The Aga Khan School, Dhaka has an Alumni Association comprised of our graduates.