Aga Khan Education Services
Currently operating more than 200 schools and educational programmes, AKES provides quality pre-school, primary and secondary education services to students in East Africa, South and Central Asia and the Middle East. The foundations of the present system were laid by Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, III, who established over 200 schools during the first half of the 20th century, the first in 1905 in Mundra and Gwadar in South Asia, and in Zanzibar in East Africa. Today AKES schools and programmes benefit over 80,000 students.
Over 2 million students benefit from AKDN education programmes annually. Programmes range from early childhood development to primary and secondary schools, from vocational studies to university degrees.
The first Aga Khan School was founded in Mundra (Gujarat, India) in 1905. Several of the academic institutions of the Aga Khan Education Services in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh date back to the 19th century.
AKDN has mobilised over $1 billion to support a number of institutions and programmes involved in the social, economic and cultural development of Afghanistan.