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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, a quarter of a billion children, adolescents and youth are still not in school today. Of those enrolled, approximately 617 million fail to achieve basic learning proficiencies each year. Nearly 60% of the world’s youth who cannot read or write are girls, underlying the ongoing gender and equity disparities in delivering quality education for all. 

As one of AKDN’s five leading agencies in education, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is committed to collaborating with government and civil society partners to equip girls, boys, and young adults with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed to help them interact effectively with the world and become contributing members of society.

This includes increasing access to quality and secure learning opportunities, accelerating progress of holistic and relevant learning outcomes, and strengthening delivery of inclusive and pluralistic learning systems. Critical to this work, Schools2030 is a 10-year, 1000-school longitudinal learning improvement programme across 10 countries seeking to empower the next generation of children and young people with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to interact effectively with the world and become contributing members of society. The programme will benefit approximately 500,000 learners each year and inform 10 national governments with new evidence-based solutions about effective learning improvement strategies for children and youth, indirectly benefiting millions of learners by the end of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2030.