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.
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. In Afghanistan, AKES programmes reach close to 25,000 students. Currently, it operates 70 early childhood development centres. It also works in selected districts, including Kabul, to develop skills in English Language and Information Technology, especially for out-of-school children in order for them to develop employable skills. It also assists school-going children with tutorial assistance programmes to enable them to catch up with normal school work at different grade levels.
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.