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Middle Years Programme

The Aga Khan Academy Maputo is a Candidate School* for the Diploma Programme. The Academy is pursuing authorisation as an IB continuum school. These are schools that share a common philosophy — a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that the believes is important for our students.

What is the MYP?

The MYP is a challenging and exciting inquiry-based curriculum that actively engages students in their learning by encouraging them to make connections between what they study and the wider world.  The five-year programme offers students access to a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.  What matters is not absorbing facts that can be repeated but developing ways of thinking that can be applied to new situations.

There are 8 subject groups within the MYP.  Here at the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo our students study Portuguese and English language and literature, Portuguese, English and, in MYP3, French language acquisition, humanities, sciences, mathematics, visual arts, design and physical and health education.

In addition to the academic subjects our MYP students also develop leadership skills, library research skills and initiate and participate in service with the community.

In the final year of the programme students complete a personal project that encourages them to strengthen their approaches to learning skills, consolidate prior and subject-specific learning and develop an area of personal interest. In the context of the Aga Khan mission, vision and values it also develops awareness of a community need and seeks to address it in a meaningful way. The personal project is challenging, motivational and interesting as each student develops a personal project independently.

MYP Learners

The MYP promotes open communication, based on mutual understanding and respect. It encourages students to become active, compassionate lifelong learners.  The programme is holistic and as such is concerned with developing the whole person.  Along with cognitive development, the programme addresses students’ social, emotional and physical well-being. Students are encouraged to become active and caring members of local, national and international communities who respect themselves, others and the world around them. They develop effective communication skills, social skills, self-management skills, research skills and thinking skills that will enable them to adapt to a range of contexts, as they make their way through life.

Assessment for learning

Teachers use a variety of assessment strategies to address the MYP subject-group objectives. The assessment for learning tasks include, among other things compositions, creating solutions or products in response to problems, essays, examinations, investigations, questionnaires, research tasks, performances, presentations, research task and reports.

In the fifth and final year of the MYP, to be eligible for the internationally recognized MYP certificate students must successfully complete eight eAssessments:

On-screen examinations in:

  • Language and literature
  • Individuals and societies (Humanities)
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Interdisciplinary learning


ePortfolios (coursework) in:

  • language acquisition
  • physical and health education, arts or design
  • the personal project


Students must also meet the school’s expectations for service and action. 

The MYP bilingual certificate additionally requires successful results from on-screen examinations of:

A second language and literature instead of a course in language acquisition

The maximum total score for the IB MYP certificate is 56, with a grade from 1-7 assigned to each required eAssessment.

Students must achieve a total of at least 28 points, with a grade of ‘3’ or higher n each eAssessment component, to be eligible to receive the MYP certificate.

Transition to the IB Diploma (DP)

MYP subject groups form an important common foundation for all students and provide strong alignment with the six subject groups in the DP which follows.  The two year DP course encourages depth and breadth of learning and builds on students’ prior learning experiences. This encourages them to become confident, independent learners. It also encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills, self-management and global mindedness. Further, research carried out on behalf of the IB demonstrates that successful DP graduates are much more likely to be enrolled at top higher education institutions than entrants holding other qualifications.

Please visit the Admission Requirements page or contact us to find out more about applying to the MYP programme at the Academy.


*Only schools authorised by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org.