The Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School,
Dar es Salaam

Regardless of which curriculum they opt for, all students have access to the full range of facilities and resources both in and out of the classroom. Our qualified career counsellor is also available to provide guidance on higher education, and scholarships from institutions around the world and career options.


About Us

Welcome to the Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School, the first private secondary school to be established in Tanzania after the Arusha Declaration in 1967.

In our school, we are committed to offer first class education to all students, which will enable them to be responsible citizens of the world, future leaders, and reach their goals in life. To meet the needs of the community we offer two curricula, Tanzania national curriculum (NECTA) and International curriculum (Middle School Programme, IGCSE and IBDP). NECTA curriculum runs from Form 1 to 6. International curriculum covers Middle School Programme; this is offered from year 7 to 9 leading to International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) which is year 10 to 11. International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) is a two year pre-university course offered in year 12 and 13. Our International curriculum is based on IB philosophy of preparing well rounded learners in both academics and spiritual wisdom. To meet this goal, our focus is not only on academic achievements of the students, but we also encourage their participation in sports, community service, creativity and action across the entire school. Mzizima has, since the 1980s, been at the forefront of educational innovation in Dar-es-Salaam and was one of the first schools to introduce inquiry-based learning methodologies and to integrate IT into all aspects of school life.

The School is divided into Lower School and Upper School. Lower School is Years 7- 9 and Forms 1 and 2. Upper School is Years 10 - 13 and Forms 3 - 6. The normal ages for entry are given in the table below.

Lower School


Age
International Programme
National Programme

11 Years
Year 7
-

12 Years
Year 8
Form 1

13 Years
Year 9
Form 2

Upper School


14 Years
Year 10 - IGCSE
Form 3 - 'O' level

15 Years
Year 11 - IGCSE
Form 4 - 'O' level

16 Years
Year 12 - IBDP
Form 5 - 'A' level

Year 13 - IBDP
Form 6 - 'A' level

Placement is decided on chronological age, as our experience shows children succeed best in such groupings. If parents feel their child would benefit from being placed out of their age group, the School will assess the child and discuss with parents to determine the best outcome. The School will make the final decision.

There are transition points for students who wish to move from the national to the international curriculum or from the international to the national curriculum. If you wish your child to switch, please contact the Head Teacher to discuss this.

There is flexibility in academic levels within each year group to ensure appropriate differentiation for each child’s individual abilities and potential.

Regardless of which curriculum they opt for, all students have access to the full range of facilities and resources both in and out of the classroom. Our qualified career counsellor is also available to provide guidance on higher education, and scholarships from institutions around the world and career options.

A Welcome Note from the Head Teacher

Welcome to Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School (AKMSS).

We are excited to give you a glimpse into the life of our school and share the wide, varied and exciting opportunities that are available for our students, staff and community. What we are able to offer your children during these important years will not only challenge them academically, but also enrich them well beyond the classroom.

AKMSS is a dual curriculum school which offers two streams to academic success. The international curriculum which leads to the IGCSE examinations and then on to the IB Diploma programme, and the National Curriculum which leads to NECTA ‘O’ levels (CSEE) and ‘A’ levels (ACSE).

The choice is entirely up to parents and their children. At the heart of our educational philosophy is the belief that every student matters and all our students should have the educational opportunities to become knowledgeable, responsible and articulate global citizens.

Our school is staffed with dedicated and caring teachers who strive to deliver the best education possible to all the students in a warm and caring environment. Students are encouraged to develop their own potential with a challenging and interesting curriculum. Each student’s success is acknowledged and celebrated.

We give all students opportunities to become responsible members of the community by taking part in various activities through CAS (Community Action and Service) programme and leadership positions in school.

As an IB school, we live by the rules and the enriched qualities which declare our students and teachers as open-minded, principled and knowledgeable about the trending worldly matters, in and outside our premises.Our teachers not only encourage students to be inquirers and thinkers, but they also challenge students to be risk-takers as they look forward to living independently. We admire and reward those students who strive hard to be caring and balanced in their respective responsibilities and commitments. However, since our triangle is inclusive of parents and guardians, we encourage you to be reflective upon the wider spectrum and we entreat you to be our agent communicators in matters concerning the betterment of our organization. Indeed, we highly appreciate and welcome your esteemed inquiries.

For more information please contact us.

Welcome!

Head Teacher, Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School

History of Aga Khan Education Service, Tanzania (AKES,T)

The origins of the Aga Khan schools in Tanzania go back to the 19th century when a girls' school was started by the Ismaili community in Zanzibar under the guidance of the present Aga Khan’s grandfather and predecessor, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan.

By 1954 there were over 50 schools throughout Tanzania. Premises were generally custom-built and included laboratories, libraries and playgrounds.

Although initially mainly patronized by Ismailis, the schools were the first to open their doors to people of all races and faiths. In pre-independence East Africa, this was an innovative notion.

In Tanzania, all aspects of educational activities of private schools, other than their land and buildings, were nationalized in 1967. This did not affect the pre-school nurseries, which continued to operate under the control of the Aga Khan Education Service.

The Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School was built in 1967 in response to the closure of the schools. It was the first private secondary school to be established in Tanzania after the Arusha Declaration.

The School, since the 1980s, has been at the forefront of educational innovation in Dar es Salaam. It was one of the first schools to introduce inquiry-based learning methodologies and to integrate IT into all aspects of school life.

In 1993 the Aga Khan Primary School in Dar es Salaam opened and became the first English-medium primary school for local students in the country.