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Mozambique: Minister of Education signs MoU with Aga Khan Development Network

Tuesday, 2018, March 6
Minister of Education and Human Development Conceita Sortane and AKDN representative Nazim Ahmad – to sign a memorandum of under

Minister of Education and Human Development Conceita Sortane has used the occasion of a visit to the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo – at the invitation of Aga Khan Network development representative Nazim Ahmad – to sign a memorandum of understanding acknowledging the longstanding good relations between the two parties.

The main purpose of the memorandum is to further explore the joint establishment of collaborative initiatives between the AKDN and the Ministry of Education and Human Development (MINEDH) towards national strategic objectives, as described in the national education strategy, particularly in the areas of student learning, teacher training, integration of information and communication technologies in teacher education, good governance and early childhood development.

At the signing ceremony Minister Sortane said: “it is an honour for us, the Ministry of Education and Human Development, to celebrate this agreement with the Aga Khan Development Network,” and: “it is beyond doubt that knowledge is the only way to promote sustainable development.”

Nazim Ahmad replied that “it is the deepest ambition of the Aga Khan Academies to form the future leaders of the countries where they are located, and Mozambique is no exception”, underlining that “associated with its rigorous academic programme are the guiding principles of Aga Khan academies covering five strands: ethics, pluralism, economics for development, cultures and governance and civil society. ”

After the signing of the memorandum, the minister and delegation were given a guided tour of the facilities by the academy director and student, an opportunity to also learn about ongoing construction and the Academy’s Professional Development Centre programmes that are training and empowering Mozambican teachers.

The Academy currently has about a hundred students and, when construction is complete, will have a capacity of 750 students. The Academy teaches the International Baccalaureate curriculum, is bilingual in Portuguese and English and will offer boarding in order to cover the whole country.

The visit was attended by senior dignitaries of MINEDH and AKDN and the French Ambassador to Mozambique, as the French government is supporting the construction of the Academy through a financial loan.

More about the project

The Aga Khan Maputo Academy integrates the global network of Aga Khan Academies created by His Highness the Aga Khan at key locations in Africa, Central and South Asia and the Middle East. The aim of the Aga Khan Academies is to ensure that gifted and talented girls and boys have access to an international standard of excellence. Students are selected on the basis of merit, irrespective of their socioeconomic backgrounds, race, creed or culture, and financial support is guaranteed so that lack of means does not limit their access.

One of the special features of the Aga Khan Maputo Academy is its Professional Development Centre, which seeks to strengthen and extend the quality of education through the professional development of educators in the region and through best practice models as a centre of excellence.

Associated with its rigorous academic program are the guiding principles of the Aga Khan Academies, which cover five areas: Ethics, Pluralism, Development Economics, Cultures, Governance and Civil Society.

The Aga Khan Academies Unit is one of the education agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, AKDN is a group of private, international, non-denominational development agencies working in the areas of environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster mitigation, entrepreneurship promotion the private sector and the revitalisation of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programs regardless of creed, origin or gender. AKDN works in 30 countries, employing around 80,000 people, the vast majority of which are from developing countries. The annual budget for nonprofit development is approximately US$925 million . The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) projects generate revenues of approximately US$4.1 billion annually, with all AKFED surpluses reinvested in new AKDN development activities.

The Ministry of Education and Human Development is the central body of the State apparatus which, in accordance with the principles, objectives and tasks defined by the Government, plans, coordinates, directs and develops activities in the field of education and human development, contributing to the elevation of patriotic awareness, the strengthening of national unity, citizenship and Mozambicanity.

Source: The Aga Khan Academy Maputo / Press Release

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