20 February 2017
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
By Jimmy Lwangili
The Aga Khan foundation has trained over 1,000 headteachers of nursery and primary schools from Lindi and Mtwara regions through its project that seeks to improve education in the East Africa Regions (AKU-IED, EA).
The free training that involved headteachers from Kilwa, Lindi, Nachingwea and Newala districts had benefited from various training of teaching techniques including how to prepare the relevant subjects.
The AKU-IED,EA Project Manager, Mr Ronald Kimambo said the project is well known as 'the project of consolidation of professional and supporting education systems in improving learning outcomes'. This was revealed on Friday during the fourth graduation ceremony since the establishment of the project.
"This is a five year project that sponsored by the government of the Canada and the Aga Khan foundation ... and it's expected to complete at the end of this year," Kimambo briefed during the occasion held in Kilwa District.
According to him, since the establishment of the project has helped bring positive change among teachers and pupils, as well as strengthen government's efforts in improving the education sector. "We hope these teachers will serve as a springboard for their fellow teachers through knowledge sharing," he said.
The main project facilitator, Dr Abdallah Mohamed, said the teachers were taught two courses: Leadership and administration and training, monitoring and assessment of students. He said the courses were taught for six months and provided for three phases, theory, practical and the third is the teachers to meet with trainers to present feedback.
At the same occasion, Planning Officer in the Kilwa District, Mr Francis Kaunda has urged the graduates to use the training for building good understanding capacity to the pupils in their schools. "This is the great opportunity to you guys, use it well and we are so dependent on you to share the skills with the teachers who did not benefit from this project," said Kaunda.
The Acting Director of Training for the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Basiliana Mrimi urged the graduates to actively use the training in improving education by solving teaching challenges in their areas.
One of the graduates, Alfa Milanzi, a headteacher at Madangwa Primary School said the training had helped him get positive change, and that he hopes to perform better in his career than before. "Through these training course I have well understood how to prepare different subject concepts better than before," he said.
The Aga Khan Foundation has bagged an award for implementing a development model that aims at improving access to water and sanitation for marginalised communities across urban and rural areas of the country.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) of the prestigious foundation received the FICCI-India Sanitation Coalition prize for the initiative that seeks to contribute towards building an open-defecation free India by 2019 under the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission, the Foundation said on Saturday.
‘Help for 1 lakh families’
The Foundation’s CEO, Tinni Sawhney, and other dignitaries from the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) received the award from Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday.
“The initiative aims at improving access to water and sanitation for marginalised communities across urban and rural India, including helping 1,00,000 families and 538 schools, as well as building toilets in the States of Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh,” the Foundation said.
Piloted in Bihar
“The model that we have implemented is a collaborative initiative, working in close partnership with the district and the [respective] State government, prioritising a strong behavioural change component to ensure sustained use and maintenance of sanitation facilities,” Ms. Sawhney said.
The integrated block-level sanitation model is being piloted in rural Bihar.
This blog reflects highlights from a conversation with Sarah Heddon, Program Associate at Aga Khan Foundation. She recently visited Mozambique to oversee MozaCajú, a three-year project implemented jointly by TechnoServe and the Aga Khan Foundation with funding from U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and its agencies actively seek to co-operate with like-minded institutions in the design, implementation and funding of innovative development projects. They therefore need and welcome institutions and individuals throughout the world as partners to attain shared objectives. Individual AKDN agencies also work closely with local, state and national governments in each country in which they are active. The following institutional partners contributed financially or materially to the programmes of individual AKDN agencies. Many more contributed practically and intellectually to their work. All of these contributions are gratefully acknowledged.
In response to these challenges, in 2015, the Aga Khan Foundation began piloting a cocoa value chain initiative in Madagascar's northern Diana region. Its aim is to improve the quality of cocoa and demonstrate to private sector buyers that the Diana region has the potential to become a significant producer of quality cocoa. In doing so, over time this initiative aims to increase exports and, ultimately, raise the incomes for thousands of farmers. Initially, working alongside 125 farmers, the programme is focusing on three key initiatives.
Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:19 am Post subject: AKDN Achievements
AKDN Achievements to 2016
works in over 30 countries around the world.
employs approximately 80,000 people.
The majority of 80000 are based in developing countries.
annual budget for non-profit development activities is approximately US$ 925 million.
project companies of the Ismaili community generated revenues of US$ 4.1 billion
Helping 8 million poor people
Provides access to finance to 17 million people
1.3 million people were provided with clean safe drinking water.
All surpluses are reinvested into further development activities.
Aga Khan anniversary: Aga Khan Development Network vows to continue making people's lives better
Published on Jul 26, 2017
The Aga Khan Development Network has vowed to continue funding and supporting both Social and Economic Sectors in Uganda as well as advocating for a pluralistic Society World Over. This information was revealed at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of His Highness the Aga Khan to mark 60 years since he inherited the title of Imam in 1957.
President Mamnoon lauds development initiatives of Aga Khan
August 16, 2017
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said the continued efforts of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) through its multiple projects in the country were making a visible difference in the lives of the people and infrastructure.
The President expressed these views while talking to President of Aga Khan Council for Pakistan Hafiz Sherali who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad to handover a letter from Prince Karim Aga Khan in response to the President’s letter of felicitation on the diamond jubilee of the former’s Imamat.
The President appreciated the role of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Health Services role in promoting many important social services projects, especially in northern areas of Pakistan.
He said Prince Karim Aga Khan like his grandfather focused his efforts concerning the quality of life of Muslims all around the world.
In areas of health, education, cultural, revitalization, and economic empowerment, Prince Karim Aga Khan worked to inspire excellence and improve living condition and opportunities in some of the world’s most remote regions, he added.
The President also underlined the role of Aga Khan’s grandfather Sir Sultan Shah Aga Khan in the Pakistan Movement as the first President of All India Muslim League.
In his message, acknowledging his family’s strong ties dating back to the foundation of Pakistan, Prince Aga Khan highlighted the long-established collaboration of the AKDN with public and private institutions to improve the quality of life, create opportunity and build a strong and vibrant civil society in the country.
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He expressed gratitude to the President and the Government of Pakistan for their continued support and partnership which led to a number of pioneering initiatives in the country.
Hafiz Sherali apprised the President about AKDN’s recent activities and its focus to alleviate poverty, provide increased access to finance for education, health and housing, early childhood development, and infrastructure (principally, water and energy) projects in developing countries.
The President also conveyed best wishes for Prince Karim Aga Khan from the Government and People of Pakistan.
At least 6,000 people living in Mapogolo - Idodi and Itunundu - Ikorongo villages in Iringa Region can now easily get water from wells through solar water pumping systems installed recently.
The project has been made p;ossible through contribution from Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Mr William Lukuvi, who is also MP or Ismani Constituency in Iringa, thanked AKDN and Ismaili community for making the projects a reality.
The projects were part of other humanitarian assistance by the Ismaili community this year to commemorate the 60th diamond jubilee celebrations of His Highness, the Aga Khan.
AKDN is a non – profit organisation founded and guided by his Aga Khan. For than a century it has been contributing to the social, economic and cultural development in Tanzania, which includes rural support of agricultural programmes, hospitals and health centers, schools and others.
The inauguration of the two wells was also attended by Regional and District Commissioners from Iringa and other village council leaders from Mapogolo and Ikorongo villages as well as the Vise President of the Ismaili community in Tanzania and other officials from Ismaili council of southern region.
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