We’ve learned a lot about education over the last 100 years

January 18, 2017– With more than a century of experience working to ensure that people of all ages have access to quality learning opportunities, our partners in the Aga Khan Development Network are a valuable source of knowledge and expertise on global education.

This January provided an opportunity to share that experience with policymakers, researchers, and practitioners from over 80 countries, at the 30th International Congress on School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) in Ottawa.
Two special conference sessions featured the latest research findings and lessons drawn from our education programming in Africa and Asia.

One session explored four research projects undertaken through partnerships between researchers in East Africa and Canada. The session brought together the four research teams, each made up of East African researchers and colleagues from one of four Canadian universities: Concordia University; McGill University; the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; and Queen’s University. In their presentations and discussion, the researchers illuminated: the impact of one preschool model on later student success at the primary level; improving early literacy and numeracy in Kenya; professional learning networks for teachers; and assessment as a tool for learning. These research projects are part of a wider program to strengthen education systems in East Africa undertaken in partnership with Global Affairs Canada.

The second session showcased the partnerships – with communities, governments and the private sector – underpinning our approach to school improvement. It brought together experts from the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development, the Aga Khan Academies, the Aga Khan Foundation, and the Madrasa Early Childhood Program.

For more information on our work to provide quality lifelong educational opportunities for all, download the AKDN’s Education: from Preschool to University or explore the education feature in the 2016 World Partnership Walk Impact Report.

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