Programme highlights 2: AKF’s education improvement programmes benefit over 50,000 educators, equipping teachers and school leaders with the skills and knowledge to curate more inclusive and equitable learning environments for all.
Current programme countries: Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda.
Increasing access to quality and secure learning opportunities
Many children, especially girls and young adults continue to face significant social, economic, and geographic barriers to accessing quality education. AKF leads a number of contextually relevant education improvement programmes to ensure more children and young people come to school, stay in school, and learn. AKF focuses on promoting safe, secure, and gender-responsive flexible back-to-school initiatives. This includes delivering teacher professional development programming about how to create and curate more inclusive learning environments. Critical to large, systemic change is engaging government and civil society partners in evidence-based education policy dialogue and reform.
Accelerating progress of holistic and relevant learning outcomes
While many children and young people around the world are successfully enrolled in school, they often demonstrate low levels of learning. AKF works to develop new, innovative teaching and learning resources to enhance learners’ levels of curiosity, resilience, imagination, and respect for the well-being of themselves, their families, communities and planet. Critical to this work is ensuring children and young people are equipped with new skills for the future, such as digital literacy and entrepreneurship, to help them navigate social and economic uncertainty. AKF prioritises student and teacher-led human centred design thinking for innovative solutions that are from the bottom-up rather than top-down that we can scale. One of AKF’s key education initiatives is Schools2030, a globally informed, locally rooted 10-year longitudinal action research and learning improvement programme working with 1,000 pioneering pre-schools, primary schools, and secondary schools across 10 countries, searching for and supporting positive deviance about ‘what works’ to improve holistic quality learning for all.
Strengthening service delivery quality of inclusive and pluralistic education systems
Educational equity and equality continues to be hindered by ongoing gender, social, and economic disparities throughout the world. AKF has adopted pluralism and ethics as a critical lens through which it approaches its work with teacher and educator professional development programmes. This includes more gender responsive educations systems for both girl and boys.
AKF supports more demand-driven, contextually relevant EdTech solutions to help children learn, such as mobile reading apps in local languages. AKF’s new offline/online app, PROMISE3 helps teachers better respond to emerging gaps in individual student enrolment, attendance and learning outcomes throughout the school year through collection, analysis, and use of real-time data.