The Aga Khan Academy Maputo, Mozambique.

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To help deepen the pool of well-trained teachers in East Africa and raise the standard of education in its sur...

AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura

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To date, the Professional Development Centre (PDC) programmes have reached nearly 1,700 teachers in the coastal areas of Kenya and, through these teachers, more than 200,000 students.

AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura

Investing in Teachers

Each Academy hosts a Professional Development Centre (PDC) for the benefit of the Academy, government schools in the country and external educators in the region. The PDCs consult with teachers, school leaders and government education bodies to develop programmes in line with each country’s needs. They aim to strengthen the profession of teaching by providing substantial professional learning opportunities to teachers and school administrators from local government and other not-for-profit schools.

PDC programmes build competence by focusing equally on enhancing teachers’ subject knowledge and on how best to teach that subject, including interactive learning techniques and student-centred teaching methods, as well as leadership development and the innovative Teacher Preparation Programme that develops young local graduates as IB educators to teach in the Academy and the Aga Khan Schools network. The programmes provide participants with a balance of intensive learning activities, followed by an extended period of application and observation within the context of their own classrooms.

As centres of excellence that implement best practices in education and teaching, the Aga Khan Academies, their teachers and the PDCs are valuable resources for education systems in the countries and regions where they are located.