FROM THE FIELD
Aga Khan Education Services (AKES)
Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) currently operates more than 200 schools and advanced educational programmes that provide quality pre-school, primary, secondary, and higher secondary education services to more than 54,000 students in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Tajikistan. In every setting, AKES’s programmes are designed to pursue excellence in educational practice and management; to introduce child-centred teaching methods; emphasise female education; and support school-based teacher training.
Aga Khan Foundation
The Aga Khan Foundation strives to improve the quality of basic education by ensuring better early caring and learning environments for young children; increasing access to education; keeping children in school longer; and raising levels of academic achievement. Girls, the very poor and geographically remote populations receive special attention. The focus of current grants are on the following areas: the location, timing and content of teacher training; professional development for all categories of educators and caregivers; the role of governments, NGOs, communities and parents in financing and managing education; and the cultural and economic relevance of the curriculum. Roughly half the education projects it supports, as well as half the financial investments it makes, is concentrated in stimulating the development of the young child.
The conviction that home-grown intellectual leadership of exceptional calibre is the best driver of society’s future development led His Highness the Aga Khan to found an integrated network of residential schools in Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East, known as the Aga Khan Academies. The Aga Khan Academies have a dual mission: to offer exceptional girls and boys from all backgrounds – irrespective of their families’ ability to pay – an international standard of education from pre-primary to secondary levels with a rigorous academic and leadership experience; and to strengthen the profession of teaching by investing substantially in the professional development of teachers, locally and regionally. The first such school, the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, began operating in August of 2003.
UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), which is currently offering courses, is Central Asia’s first provider of formal, university-based, non-degree educational programmes, offering vocational, professional development and personal improvement opportunities to youth and adults. UCA will eventually offer a range of internationally recognized academic programmes, including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree courses, non-degree preparatory courses for incoming degree candidates, and vocational, professional development and distance education courses for students and professionals beyond the three UCA campuses.