Through its Master of Education degree and short and certificate courses, the Institute for Educational Development in Dar es Salaam develops educators who are transforming classroom instruction and school management, replacing traditional methods of rote learning with a student-centered approach that builds problem-solving skills and encourages independent thinking. Many IED alumni hold important positions in public and private education systems, enabling them to advocate for and implement new policies and reforms that impact large numbers of students. To date, the Institute has awarded more than 370 master’s degrees and trained more than 5,000 educators through its certificate programmes, short courses and workshops.
Together with other agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network, the Institute recently completed a five-year project to improve education in government schools at the pre-primary and primary levels in marginalised areas of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, supported by funding from the Canadian government and the Aga Khan Foundation. Under the project, known as Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa, the Institute trained more than 3,400 educators and government officials, reaching 307,000 students across East Africa.
The AKU School of Nursing and Midwifery in Dar es Salaam aims to strengthen health systems in Tanzania by upgrading nursing skills, improving the quality of health care and developing new and more professional nursing courses. The programme is tailored to ensure health services are responsive to population needs and uses an innovative curricular approach that enables nurses to obtain professional qualifications while working. To date, 650 nurses have graduated from AKU in Tanzania.
In addition, the University trains urgently needed specialist physicians in family medicine, surgery and internal medicine through its four-year, full-time Postgraduate Medical Education programme at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam.