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  • Early Childhood Development centre in West Aswan, Egypt.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Early Childhood Development project in Baba Dogo Ward in Nairobi, Kenya.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • The Olivais Centre in Greater Lisbon is a reference point for quality Early Childhood Development services in Portugal.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • AKF seeks to professionalise the ECD workforce by transforming the quality and status of the profession. This includes helping ECD professionals with academic and career pathways, developing contextually-relevant, gender-sensitive ECD pre-service and in-service teacher development courses and offering quality training, mentoring and supervision for frontline staff, e.g., teachers, nurses.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme in Naryn Oblast, Kyrgyz Republic.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
Early Childhood Development

The brain develops most rapidly in the first five years of a child’s life.  Yet, worldwide, 250 million children are not reaching their potential during these years.  In 2015, an estimated six million children died before reaching age five, mostly as a result of diseases which are readily and affordably preventable and treatable.  In developing countries, hundreds of millions of children do not have access to pre-school; they live in areas affected by armed conflict and climate-related disasters; and their growth is stunted, which harms their brain development. 

The Aga Khan Foundation works to ensure that girls and boys have a good start in life by influencing the environments in which they are growing.  Globally, AKDN’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiatives provide 750’000 children ages 0-8 years with nurturing, relevant and quality learning opportunities at costs that are affordable for governments, families and communities.