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  • On the backdrop of the Pamir mountains, classrooms are bustling with young learners at the recently launched Aga Khan Early Childhood Development centres in Khorog, Tajikistan, inaugurated in January 2018.
    AKDN / Akbar Hakim
  • Sokhcharv Village, GBAO, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes at the Aga Khan Lycée in Khorog, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • Reading for Children programme in Sokhcharv Village, GBAO, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • The Reading for Children (RfC) programme, Sokhcharv Village, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
Early Childhood Development

The Aga Khan Lycée (AKL) is dedicated to the development of pre-primary education for all children.  The Early Childhood Development programme (ECD) at AKL currently enrols over 80 children of ages 3 to 5 years, in a half-day programme.  It focuses on best (researched) practices to nurture a caring and stimulating environment for children of pre-primary age, including supporting the use of mother tongue, as well as, Tajik and English languages.

The Aga Khan Lycée and AKES work closely with its sister AKDN agencies, such as the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), and partners with the regional government of GBAO, to support pre-primary quality education access from birth to six years, through various direct and indirect provision models.

These include AKES pre-primary to Grade 11 schools, AKES standalone Pre-primary units, as well as government-based ECD centres within Government Schools, government kindergartens, remote rural Government ECD programmes, and Care for Child Development Programme.

Indirect support includes, ECD teacher training, working with pre-natal and post-natal maternal health programmes, providing learning resources, and renovating classrooms.

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On the backdrop of the Pamir mountains, classrooms are bustling with young learners at the recently launched Aga Khan Early Childhood Development centres in Khorog, Tajikistan, inaugurated in January 2018.