When the break-up of the Soviet Union resulted in a significant decline in government funding for schools, Tajikistan’s education system confronted an exodus of teaching talent. An important part of the country’s development is the establishment of an education system that can help its future leaders develop the critical thinking skills that will help them understand the intricacies of the global economy and communicate effectively with the rest of the world.
Among its many education activities in the country, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) improves the quality of education in public schools with the aim of equipping boys, girls, and young adults with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will help them interact effectively with the world.
The Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) in Tajikistan operates the Aga Khan Lycée, which educates over 1000 students from grades 0 to 11 each year. AKES also administers several outreach and early childhood development programmes. AKF and the University of Central Asia are also fostering new collaborations through the Mountain University Partnership programme, which aims to help mountain universities improve their research capacity, as well as academic programmes and services.
Tajikistan also boasts a campus of the University of Central Asia (UCA), in Khorog. With a campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, and another under construction in Tekeli, Kazakhstan, UCA was established to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia. In addition to degree programmes, UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) provides formal, university-based, non-degree educational programmes and vocational training. UCA’s Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) promotes pluralism in ideas, cultures, and people.
The Aga Khan Foundation is also part of the Schools2030 programme, 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. For more information, please see: https://www.schools2030.org/