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  • In Kyrgyz Republic, AKF works closely with parents and caregivers to promote cognitive, social and physical development of children through its Reading for Children and Care for Child Development programmes.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • In 2008, in partnership with the Governments of Afghanistan and Canada, the Aga Khan Foundation started the Girls’ Education Support Programme (GESP) in several remote provinces of Afghanistan: Badakhshan, Bamyan, Baghlan and Parwan.
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  • Primary School in Mukuru, Kenya. In over 25 countries, AKDN is working to ensure that all children, regardless of gender, ethnicity or circumstance, have opportunities to thrive in their early years and beyond.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • Aga Khan Foundation, India.
    AKDN / Mansi Midha
  • The Reading for Children programme in Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
Education

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 AKDN’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.