Education

Equipping girls, boys and young adults with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to help them interact effectively with the world and contribute to society.

Worldwide, 600 million children and teenagers fail to reach basic levels of learning proficiency. Nearly half of them remain out of school. However, even those in school are not being prepared to succeed in or contribute to society. Amongst the illiterate youth, nearly two out of three are girls – a fact that has remained largely unchanged for the last 20 years.

As one of the Aga Khan Development Networks’s five leading agencies in education, the Aga Khan Foundation works to strengthen education systems to equip girls and boys with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to help them interact effectively with the world and be contributing members to a pluralist society.

To do so, AKF works in partnership with governments, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions, school leaders, teachers, parents, communities and students to develop and scale affordable, innovative solutions that raise the quality and accessibility of public education systems for the most marginalised children worldwide.

“On the basis of my experience with development as an observer and a practitioner […] I have come to the conclusion that there is no greater form of preparation for change than education. I also think that there is no better investment that the individual, parents, and the nation can make than an investment in education of the highest possible quality.”

His Highness The Aga Khan

Our Education programmes work towards these UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Our goals

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Increased access to quality learning opportunities

Establishing more and better resourced schools and training more teachers in up-to-date pedagogy

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Enhanced learning outcomes

Getting better results for students and connecting them to professional spheres

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Strengthened education systems and institutions

Through better resourcing and influencing education policy

Our impact

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THOUSAND
learners (48% female) at over 3,000 schools who have benefitted from AKF’s school improvement programmes
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THOUSAND
teachers (41% female) who have benefitted from AKF’s school improvement programmes
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countries where AKF operates to improve school teaching quality, outcomes, and attendance and retention rates

Programme spotlights

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Steps Towards Afghan Girls' Education Success (2013–)

AKF's largest girls' education programme globally, which aims to remove the barriers to education faced by many Afghan girls.

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Schools2030

A new 10-year longitudinal action research and learning improvement programme working with 1,000 schools across 10 countries.

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