Globally, the AKDN’s activities in primary and secondary education provide 1 million students aged 5-18 with increased access to quality formal and non-formal learning opportunities. The Aga Khan Foundation’s School Improvement Programme (SIP) gives special attention to improving student’s academic and non-academic learning outcomes through a systems approach - emphasising the importance of enhancing government capacity, school leadership, teacher transformation, parental participation, and community engagement.
School Improvement Programmes concentrate on strengthening national education systems by:
- Equipping teachers to provide child-centred and relevant learning experiences, draw on local knowledge and available materials, and support each other’s professional learning
- Supporting school leaders to lead participatory school development planning, support teachers’ in their daily practice, and create child-friendly spaces
- Enabling government leaders to provide quality training, mentorship, and management
- Engaging parents in their children’s learning at home and school (e.g. Reading for Children)
- Collaborating with community members to ensure greater levels of access and quality for the most marginalized children
- Empowering students to achieve 21st century skills, participate actively in the decision-making in their schools and communities, and become the leaders of tomorrow
- Adopting and adapting education technologies to advance better student, professional and systems learning
A core driver of quality and sustainability of School Improvement Programmes is the capacity of government, school principals and school management committees to create meaningful links between teachers, parents, students and community members. AKF and its partners provide critical capacity development for education stakeholders to address common barriers to children’s access to education, especially for girls. AKF co-creates safe, inclusive, equitable, and quality learning environments where students are motivated to learn, perform better, and transition into higher grades, realizing their global right to quality, lifelong learning for all. For more information on AKF’s School Improvement Programme around the world: Afghanistan, Mali, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda.
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.