Aga Khan School, Dhaka

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The Aga Khan School, Dhaka
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Primary section: Road # 9, Sector # 4
Junior section: Road # 6, Sector # 4
Senior section: Road # 6A, Sector # 4

Uttara, Dhaka, 1230
Type Private
Established 1988 (1988)
Head of Education Craig Salmon
Faculty 118 (2013)[1]
Enrollment 1,222 (2013)[1]

The Aga Khan School, Dhaka, is an English Medium School, in Uttara, Dhaka[2][3] under the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)[1] and the Aga Khan Education Service, Bangladesh (AKES,B).[2] It is one of the earliest private English Medium schools in Bangladesh founded in 1988,[4] in a small campus in Siddeshwari, Dhaka.[2][3]


The Aga Khan School Dhaka was formed back in 1988, in the library of the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board (ITREB) an institution of the Aga Khan Education Service, Bangladesh. The foundations of the present system were laid by Sir Sultan Mohamed 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, Gwadur in Pakistan and Mundra in India.[4] Since the creation of Aga Khan Education Service companies in the 1970s, the schools have been centrally administered and managed. The school started with 25 students and 7 teaching staff, occupying classes IX to XII.[2]

In August 1990 the present Senior section opened in Uttara.[2] The Junior and Primary sections were opened in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

The school achieved a major milestone in April 2009, when it was authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School.

In 2009, the longest serving Head of Education, George G. Kays, retired, serving the school from July 1998 to June 2009.[2] Jacqueline Parai served as the Head of the School from 2009 to 2011.[2]

Craig Salmon, is the current Head of Education.[5]


As of 2013, the school consists of a student body of 1,222 and a faculty of 118 teachers.[1] The school offers education from preschool to higher secondary levels (Playgroup, Nursery, Kindergarten I and II and Grades 1 to 12), following the British national curriculum, leading to IGCSE and GCE Advanced Level examinations.

Fahmida Chowdhury is serving as Head of Secondary School, while Shatila Reza is serving as Head of Middle School.[5] The Chairman of the Board is Mr. Suleiman Ajanee. The school organizes annual events, functions and concerts. Annually, the Ordinary and Advanced Level examinees of Aga Khan School perform impressively in the exams, as evidenced by their presence at The Daily Star Awards for schools following the Cambridge International Examinations.

International Baccalaureate certification[edit]

The school has been an IB World School since April 2009. It offers the IB Primary Years Programme in English. Additionally, the school is moving to the complete IB Curriculum, which will be conducted at new premises at Bashundhara, Dhaka. The institute offering the IB program will be named The Aga Khan Academy.

The proposed Aga Khan Academy has been in the planning stages for several years, and the Aga Khan Education Service, Bangladesh (AKES,B) have obtained pre-authorisation from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to implement the IB Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) in pre-school (Play Group and Nursery), Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 5.

His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, on his recent visit to Bangladesh, laid the foundation stone for the Aga Khan Academy in Basundhara, Dhaka. This will be a full-fledged IBO authorised school offering the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP) for Grades 6 to 10, and the Diploma Programme (IB-DP) for students in Grades 11 and 12. However, little construction has been completed.

The Academy will have International Academic Partnership (IAP) agreements with Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, United States and Schule Schloss Salem in Salem, Germany.

List of Heads of Education[edit]

Tenure Nationality Name[2]
1988 — 1991 Bangladesh Mohiuddin Babar (acting)
1991 — 1994 Canada Zul Khuja
1994 — 1997 Canada Kenneth McCaffery
1997 — 2009 Canada George Gaddon Kays
2010 — 2011 Canada Jacqueline Parai
2011 — 2014 Australia Nicola Sum
2015 —2017 Bangladesh Fatima J. Husein
2017 — Australia Craig Salmon

School Leadership Team[edit]

As of Oct 2017, the School Leadership Team consists of:[5]

Primary School Secondary School
Heads of Education Craig Salmon
Heads Shatila Reza Fahmida Chowdhury
Coordinators Latifa Rahman
Tanjina Hossain
Syeda Mobasshera Sultana
Fouzia Akhter Khan
Shemoul Hamid
Shamima Shahnaz
Operations Manager Amjad Hossain
IT Manager
Finance Officer Karim Nathu

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Aga Khan Education Services". Aga Khan Development Network. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Education Services". Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b The Aga Khan School - About - Google
  4. ^ a b "Welcome to the Aga Khan School, Dhaka". Aga Khan Schools. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "School Leadership Team". Aga Khan Schools. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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