What [Hazrat Ali] thus is telling us, is that we find knowledge best by admitting first what it is we do not know, and by opening our minds to what others can teach us.…

But accessing knowledge, is only the first step. The second step—the application of knowledge, is also demanding. Knowledge, after all, can be used well or poorly—for good or evil purposes…

Throughout history, the application of knowledge has often been determined by a few powerful rulers—or by highly dominant governments. But I believe the hour is passing for these outmoded, top-heavy ways of deciding how knowledge should be utilized.

—Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Commencement Ceremony of the American University in Cairo June 15, 2006

Excerpts from AKES,T's Policies & Procedures Manual (revised September 2000)

Cover of the AKES,T Policies and Procedures Manual

This section refers to passages in the AKES,T Policies & Procedures Manual that was made available to staff at AKMSS. Staff were told by Laura Swash, the Head of School, to familiarize themselves with the manual.

It should be noted that the report of the team that conducted the site visit of AKES,T's three schools in Dar es Salaam between 6 March and 10 March, 2006 states the following:

"A Policy Manual should be written, which covers such topics as employment issues, a well designed professional development plan, and the roles of Board members, administrators, and teachers."

The passages cited here show what the policies in effect at AKES,T and AKMSS were supposed to be during our tenure there. These policies can usefully be compared to what happened to us at AKMSS, as presented in the In Situ and Aftermath sections of this website.

The Introduction to the Manual states that "[t]he use and distribution of this manual for any purpose other than the Network use is strictly prohibited". Therefore, we have not reproduced any of the pages here. Instead, we simply quote from sections that are relevant to the situation we found ourselves in at AKMSS.

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