The Aga Khan Education Service, Tajikistan

AKES is a locally registered public foundation in Tajikistan, that actively participates in the direct provision of quality education of children aged 3 to 18 years, facilitating the professional development of teachers through in-service training, working collaboratively with AKDN sister-agencies and government education institutions to support quality access in remote and rural areas, and providing merit scholarships to students from diverse and marginalized backgrounds.

It began its operations under the auspices of the Aga Khan Education Fund in 1997. The Fund's goal was to improve the teaching of English language and Market Economics at institutions of higher learning in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.

Past notable activities included, several teacher training opportunities in the United Kingdom, and the establishment of model schools in the province's capital, Khorog, and in Osh in the neighboring Kyrgyz Republic, by AKES, Kyrgyz Republic, to serve as regional centres of excellence.

Through the partnerships with the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development, several AKL teachers received further training and development workshops, in the areas of science, mathematics, economics, English language and technology.

AKES, Tajikistan also collaborated with ten government schools in the GBAO districts. This collaboration, known as the Allied Schools Project, included School leadership and teacher professional development, facility refurbishment and the provision of basic equipment and resources. It aimed to improve the quality of education in these schools, and build linkages with the Aga Khan Lycée and the government schools in the region.

From 2013 onwards, this outreach work with Government Schools in GBAO continues through the Learning Support Programme (LSP).

Learning Support Program

This programme, initially developed by the University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), includes the teaching of English language, ICDL technology certificate, and Mathematics, to students in grades 7 – 11, as an afterschool tutorial programme in rural Secondary Government Schools of GBAO. Each of the courses are approximately 6-months long and have either internal or external assessments based on the curriculum being followed, and consists entirely of face-to-face sessions taught by the teacher.

Currently the programme covers 10 secondary schools and 450+ students, including working directly to train and provide resources for more than 30 teachers.

The LSP offers more than 70 hours of professional development to teachers annually. Training sessions are facilitated by AKL faculty and others experts, and are intended to be a peer-to-peer professional development platform that aims to: i) foster open and reflective classroom culture; ii) provide teachers with an opportunity to collaborate and network with colleagues within and outside of GBAO, iii) demonstrate and receive feedback on different pedagogical approaches in respective subject areas, and iv) encourages teachers to share their classroom practice through micro-teaching sessions.