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  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Achakaiyndy Village, Kyrgyz Republic.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • AKF Uganda Madrasa
    The Aga Khan Foundation is assisting in the creation of locally owned early childhood centres in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, fostering rich preschool environments to support children in their most formative years.
    AKDN / Zul Mukhida
  • An Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in the village of Khandood in the Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan.
    AKF / Andrew Quilty
  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) at the Aga Khan Lycée in Khorog, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme in India - Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
Early Childhood Development

Globally, the AKDN’s early childhood development initiatives provide 750’000 children aged pre-natal-8 with flexible and contextually relevant quality early learning opportunities at a cost that is affordable for government, families and communities.

The Aga Khan Foundation’s ECD programmes give special attention to protection and safety, good health and nutrition, affectionate and responsive interaction and communication, play, and stimulating environments which enable young children to learn better at home and in formal care. For 40 years, the Foundation has given attention to the multiplicity of factors which ensure the quality of life for children by working at multiple levels (community through to policy) and with a range of partners (AKDN, local and national governments, civil society, private sector, academic institutions, and parents and communities).

Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes in India - Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).
AKDN / Mansi Midha

Programmes for children and their families include centre-based early learning opportunities (e.g. workplace day care, pre-school, yurt kindergartens) and building the confidence and skills of parents/caregivers to nurture their child’s growth and development (e.g. through the Reading for Children programme). A core driver of quality and sustainability of early childhood programmes is the level and diversity of available human resources (from frontline through to government). AKF and its partners develop high quality career pathways ranging from initial training to graduate programmes. Additionally, AKF builds the capacity of local and national leadership for expanded ECD policy, research and practice through institution building and private-public partnerships. For more information on AKF’s early childhood development initiatives around the world: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Mali, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda.

Publications: In each country, AKF is actively involved in the development and implementation of national education policies, curricula, and teacher training programmes. Nationally, regionally, and globally, AKF responds to, and often creates, opportunities for policy dialogue and influence drawing on its rich experience on the ground and evidence of what works.