About the Aga Khan Education Services

The Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) is one of the largest private, not-for-profit, non-denominational educational networks in the developing world. AKES currently operates over 200 pre-primary, primary, secondary, and higher-secondary schools and programmes in diverse geographic locations in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates. Schools offer their respective country's national curricula; some schools in East Africa and Bangladesh also offer international curricula (IB and British).

AKES originated in the endeavours of the current Aga Khan's grandfather and predecessor, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan. These included community-based literacy classes taught in remote rural settings in South East Asia. The first schools to be set up in the Aga Khan's name were established as early as 1905, and were strikingly progressive for their time and place. They put emphasis on accessibility for all communities, making schooling available to both girls and boys, and stressing the importance of early childhood education.

Today, the AKES network provides a wide-ranging combination of pre-school, primary, secondary, and higher-secondary education schools and programmes in very diverse geographic locations. It employs approximately 3,000 teachers and educates over 75,000 students around the world. In addition to offering the respective national curricula, some countries also offer international curricula (IB and British programmes).

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The Logo

The symbol of the Aga Khan Education Services is based on the form of an open book containing a double image of the word IQRA (to read) from the first revelation of Allah to Prophet Muhammad (Sura 96 : Verses 1-5 of the Holy Quran).

Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)

His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is the 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. For His Highness the Aga Khan, one manifestation of his hereditary responsibilities has been a deep engagement with development for almost 60 years.

AKDN, of which AKES is a part, is a group of private, international, non-denominational agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in specific regions of the developing world. The Network's organisations have individual mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, rural development and the promotion of private-sector enterprise.

Together the agencies work towards a common goal - to build institutions and programmes that can respond to the challenges of social, economic and cultural change on an on-going basis.

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