The Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan

The foundations of the present education system were laid by Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan III, who established over 200 schools during the 20th century. The first schools were established around 1905 in Zanzibar, Gwadar (Pakistan), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Mundra (India).

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The Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan (AKES,P) is amongst the largest private networks of education institutions in Pakistan. Reaching out to the most remote areas of Pakistan, AKES,P has been providing quality education for over a hundred years. It is a direct provider of education from pre-primary to higher secondary school, and further facilitates access to tertiary education through the provision of scholarships and other educational support services.

The first AKES,P school was established around 1905 in Gwadar, Balochistan. Over a century later, AKES,P now operates 160 schools and 4 hostels in the regions of Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Punjab and Sindh – operating largely in rural areas. These represent very diverse schools, ranging from rural schools with less than a 100 students to large urban schools. With more than 40,000 students and about 1,800 teachers and school heads, AKES,P is also supported by over 2,000 volunteers.

AKES,P places special emphasis on improving educational practice; leadership and management in diverse and challenging settings; female education; child-centred teaching methods; increasing the use of information technology; school-based teacher development; and working in partnership with the government and communities.