A sprawling campus with spacious structures and lush green grounds, and commodious classrooms that spread a sense of desire to learn are the hallmarks of any good school.
The Aga Khan Academy near Hardware Park perfectly fits into bill of a modern school that respects the age-old ethos and promotes space for every activity a child learns for apart from studies. Within a year of its establishment it has made the mark for which it is established. The kids look relaxed in classrooms and totally engrossed in co-curricular activities when outside the classrooms.
“Purpose of education should be to create leaders than just imparting knowledge. With this motto the Aga Khan Academy has been set up in Hyderabad, the second in the 18 academies proposed in 14 countries across the world,” says John Puddefoot, Head of Academy. The academy was set up on an invitation by the State government to Prince Aga Khan during his visit to the city a few years ago.
Dr. Puddefoot, former deputy head of Eton College, one of Britain's renowned schools further says that many education theories suppress child's energy but at AKA their natural energy will be tapped. “We make education joyful, rewarding and creative in the process of shaping ethical leaders and fearless learners.” The infrastructure is also created to support the belief. The school follows International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and minimum of 20 per cent of teachers are from various nationalities with international experience in teaching.
As of now the junior school is in operation with classes 1 to 6 and from the academic year 2012 senior classes from class 7 to class 12 will be opened.
“We don't want to promote it as an elite school since the motto of AKA is to bring the best education to students from all levels of society,” says Aaron Ninan Jacob, Deputy Dean of Admissions. Financial assistance is extended to all needy students. “In fact, 60 per cent students get financial assistance ranging from 40 per cent to 100 per cent of fee,” he says.
Apart from a cricket ground, the school has a hockey turf, football ground, swimming pool and squash courts. Construction is on for residential facilities for teachers and students apart from other facilities on the 100-acre campus. Further details can be had on ‘www.agakhanacademies.org