Aga Khan Foundation also works to improve conditions in an area where
illiteracy is high: 75 percent for the general population and 93 percent
for women.Literacy Programmes
In education, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) works to improve literacy in an area where illiteracy is high: 75 percent for the general population and 93 percent for women. Special emphasis is placed on identifying and training teachers, improving the quality of primary education and student retention, particularly for girls; promoting overall adult literacy and in particular female literacy; and refurbishing existing facilities, such as re-covering of chalk boards and stocking libraries. Another key programme is the provision of in-service teacher training and development of regional resource centres.
Through interventions in ECD, primary education, and youth and adult literacy, the Foundation’s education activities reach nearly 54,000 learners. In 2013, 1,090 young children made the transition into primary school at the right age, a significant achievement as only one-quarter of pre-schools functioned daily prior to AKF’s efforts to revitalise pre-school services in the province. The Government of Mozambique has selected AKF to introduce the first national ECD plan in Cabo Delgado, a pilot to scale up ECD services in the country under the “Education for All” initiative.
The Aga Khan Academy, in Maputo, is the third in a network of K–12 schools to be established across Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East, with the purpose of providing a world-class education to exceptional students of all socio-economic backgrounds. The Aga Khan Academy, Maputo expects to have 750 students in 2020. One of the main goals of the Academy is that 50 percent of its Mozambican alumni will study under scholarships or financial aid scheme. The recruitment of students is merit based, means blind. A segment of students with financial resources will pay the school fees, vital for the sustainability of the project.
The Academy will be an International Baccalaureate World School, working towards authorisation for the Primary Years Programme in the Junior School, and for the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes for the Senior School. The lower primary school, which caters to children aged between 5 and 8 years of age, was opened in August 2013. The full Junior School will be operational by August 2015 and the Senior School in 2017. For more information, please see the Aga Khan Academies website.
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