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.