Education

The challenge: Worldwide, 600 million children and teenagers fail to reach basic levels of learning proficiency. Nearly half of them remain out of school. However, even those in school are not being prepared to succeed in or contribute to society. Among illiterate youth, nearly two out of three are girls – a fact that has remained largely unchanged for the last 20 years. These gaps in education translate to a world where people of all ages are left out of opportunity, and do not reach their full potential as adults.

Our solution: We strengthen education systems to equip girls and boys with the knowledge and skills to help them interact effectively with the world and contribute to a pluralist society. From preschool programs to advanced education for adults, our investments train teachers and administrators, and improve classrooms and schools, with a focus on dismantling the barriers to education for women and girls. We support policy and research to develop and scale affordable, innovative solutions that raise the quality and accessibility of public school systems for the most marginalized children worldwide.

Spotlight on Jennifer Elms, Gender Advisor at AKFC and AKF-US

“My hope would be that gender equality becomes so part of everybody’s DNA that integrating gender and using a gender lens will be a part of everyone.”

Spotlight on Nyambura Gathumbi, Regional Gender Advisor, AKF East Africa

My ultimate hope for the future is that we can transform the way we think, change our mindset around women, around girls, around gender issues.

Learning During A Pandemic

We helped governments create resources and toolkits to help students continue learning beyond the classroom.

Educating for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Educating for the SDGs, funded by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program, is a one-year initiative to support Canadian educators working on issues of global citizenship.

Foundations for Education and Empowerment (F4EE)

F4EE aims to improve educational systems at the pre-primary and primary levels.

From the first class: Meet Najmiya

Meet Najmiya, who graduated from the School of Arts and Sciences this year at the University of Central Asia.

The first class: Making history at the University of Central Asia

As we celebrate the class of 2021, we caught up with Shabana Manji, UCA’s Senior Manager of Student Affairs.

From the first class: Meet Muybalikhon

Meet Muybalikhon, who graduated from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences this year from the University of Central Asia.

From the first class: Meet Murodali

Murodali graduated as part of the class of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Central Asia.