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  • The Aga Khan Lycée, Khorog, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • The Aga Khan School, Osh, Kyrgyz Republic.
    AKDN / Mikhail Romanyuk
  • A young student at the Aga Khan School Booni, Chitral. In Pakistan, more than half of the 27,000 Aga Khan School students are girls.
    AKDN / Noor Fareed
  • Young learners with their teacher at an Aga Khan Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in Khorog, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Akbar Hakim
  • The Aga Khan School, Mundra, India.
AKES in Asia

In Asia, the Aga Khan Education Services operates schools in South Asia and Central Asia.  The earliest schools were opened in 1905.  Today there are over 190 schools in Asia.

Central Asia

AKES operates two model schools in the region, one in Khorog, the capital of Gorno-Badakhshan in Tajikistan, and the other in Osh, in the neighbouring Kyrgyz Republic.  AKES' outreach efforts also impact the district schools within Gorno-Badakhshan -- through teacher-training and other school improvement efforts, often in partnership with other AKDN agencies. 

South Asia

AKES schools in the region (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) -- most of them in rural or remote locations -- have been delivering education since the beginning of the 19th Century.  In the 1930s, during the Diamond Jubilee of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, a major initiative was undertaken to establish a number schools, notably for girls in northern Pakistan and in western India.  There are now 180 schools in South Asia of which 161 are in Pakistan, 27 are in India and one in Bangladesh.  These schools have an enrolment of over 45,000 students and employ some 2,000 teachers.  A significant proportion of students impacted by AKES in this region are from rural areas, with an equal proportion of males and females.  In every case, efforts are made not only to continue to improve the quality of education in some of the remotest parts of the world, but also to develop curricula that are compatible with the needs of rural communities. 


Aga Khan Higher Secondary School for Girls, Hunza, Pakistan.
AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer