A great school,
"will educate its students not merely to be personally successful but also to use their gifts to build their communities and enhance the common good to levels beyond our dreams."
About the Aga Khan Education Services
The Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) has a long tradition of leadership in educational development. The foundations of the present system were laid by Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, under whose guidance over 200 schools were established during the first half of the 20th century, the first of them in 1905 in Zanzibar, Gwadar in Pakistan and Mundra in India.
Programmes to improve educational quality have been built into the AKES system since the early-1980s. Field-based teacher training was launched in Pakistan’s Northern Areas in 1983. School improvement experiments began at the same time in Sindh province in Pakistan, where AKES introduced student-centred teaching methods and in Tanzania, where new techniques for secondary school teaching in English, mathematics and science were implemented in Dar es Salaam. AKES, Kenya has been the pioneer in the use of computers in the classroom, while many Network initiatives in pre-school education began in AKES, India. Recent school improvement and professional development programmes have expanded the impact of these initiatives to public, private and government schools in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Pakistan (Sindh and Northern Areas), Tajikistan and Uganda.
All of these experiments have been carried out in government schools as well as AKES institutions and other private schools, thereby contributing to the improvement of education in the countries in which AKES operates. With both the national service companies and the Aga Khan Foundation acting as relays, this body of experience in teacher development and school improvement is having an impact well beyond the confines of individual schools. The Institute for Educational Development of the Aga Khan University was created to provide a permanent institutional base that can sustain these and other initiatives in education.
AKES is committed to achieving excellence by continuous improvement of its programmes, services and processes. These activities are planned, organised and financed primarily through national service companies and boards. The boards operate facilities and programmes in close collaboration with other AKDN institutions, government agencies and selected external partner agencies. The national service companies are officially registered as not-for-profit, non-governmental organisations in each country of operation. Their international sponsor is the Aga Khan Education Services S.A., which is incorporated as a not-for-profit company in Geneva, Switzerland.
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).