Transcript of TVM report on The AKA, Maputo, and the Mozambican Minister of Education’s visit to AKA, Mombasa on 6 Oct 2011
[Eunice Matavel (TVM reporter)]
Anticipated for 2012, The Aga Khan Academy, Maputo (more specifically in the city of Matola), will begin operations. It is an investment worth $50m.
Recently, The Minister for Education, Zeferino Martins, visited the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, in order to see for himself what will be built in Matola, and to understand the educational concept the AKDN organisation aims to develop.
[Cut to scenes of the AKA, Mombasa with narration over]
The features (or characteristics) which will be brought to Matola, will be similar those seen in Mombasa.
It will be a modern facility, with classrooms equipped specifically for each subject area [this is an alien concept to most schools in Mozambique, hence the emphasis in the report]. It will have a library, a conference room, sports centre, laboratories for IT and the sciences, residences for both students and teachers, as well as a professional development centre and other staff offices.
The focus will be on developing the student in leadership, in critical thinking and ethics, as well as in open-mindedness.
The students will follow the IB curriculum, which is also offered at the American School in Maputo.
These were the concepts of primary and secondary education presented to the Minister of Education, Zeferino Martins, when he visited Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya, recently.
[Cut to Zeferino Martins]
I could see the vision behind this educational project and I am not surprised by the quality of the student development/learning, as evidenced by what I saw in the classroom, the results achieved every year in the Kenya national examinations, and by the International Baccalaureate (IB) results.
The students then go on to some of the best universities in the world, often with scholarships from the universities themselves.
[Eunice Matavel – narration over further scenes of the Academy]
The Academy is going to be built on the former Radio of Mozambique site in Matola, and will occupy an area of 35,000 square metres. The master plan was developed by a firm of English architects, who specialise in designing educational institutions.
[Cut to Nazim Ahmad]
This year we will launch the tender process for Phase 1 in order for construction to begin before the end of the year, so that the Kindergarten will open next year.
[Cut to Zeferino Martins]
It is a project that is excellent, beautiful and of a really high quality. That’s why I am convinced that from next year they will build what is likely to be the best Aga Khan Academy in the Africa.
[Eunice Matavel – narration over final scenes of Academy]
The Academy will enroll around 700 students, from all backgrounds and from all areas of the country. The staff will consist of 85 teachers.