Senior School coffee session with parents | Aga Khan Academies

Senior School coffee session with parents

10 November 2021

On 9 November, the Aga Khan Academy Maputo hosted a coffee session with Senior School parents of Grade 9, 10 and Diploma Programme 1 students. This session focused on “Unlocking the Aga Khan Academies (AKA) Learner Profile” and was conducted by Middle Years Programme Coordinator Smita Gangola and Diploma Programme Coordinator Morag Makey. 

“This was a really valuable opportunity to exchange information and for the parents to learn more about the AKA Learner Profile,” Morag said. “It also helped us further understand what is important to our students and their parents so that we can better support our students in future learning experiences at the Academy.” 

The session created an understanding amongst parents of how the AKA Learner Profile connects with the mission statements of both the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Aga Khan Academies. The attributes a part of the AKA Learner Profile are closely aligned with the IB learner profile, with two unique attributes – Leaders and Stewards – added on. These attributes altogether enhance the Academies curriculum to encourage students’ capacities and responsibilities beyond the classroom. In addition to this, the session also fostered an understanding of the AKA Learner Profile attributes and why they are valuable, as well as the role that parents can play in promoting these attributes at home. 

The words and phrases from the IB mission statement that most stood out to the parents were “create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect” and “lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” 

The session then looked at the skills that parents want their children to leave school with, along with the 10 skills that the World Economic Forum (WEF) predicts will be crucial for employment in the 21st century. 

The parents worked in pairs and engaged in rich discussions surrounding the inter-relatedness of the AKA Learner Profile attributes and how important they are for the skills needed by the students. The parents also discussed different strategies that they can use to support the development of the AKA Learner Profile attributes at home.  

After the session, interim Senior School Principal and Dean of Studies Alejandro Zepeda gave the parents a brief tour of the campus.