MoU signed for Badakhshan power transmission, Sheewa Dam construction worth $631 million
By Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed for the implementation of power transmission project to Badakhshan province and construction of Sheewa Dam, the Office of the President said Tuesday.
According to a statement released by ARG Palace, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed during a ceremony which was organized in Char Chinar Palace today.
The statement further added that the Acting Minister of Energy and Water Mohamamd Gul Khulmi, Director of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat Eng. Amanullah Ghalib and Representative of Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development signed the Memorandum of Understanding.
The Office of the President also added that the main purpose of the signing of Memorandum of Understanding is to pave the way the investment of 631 million US Dollars by Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development on two projects.
The statement also added that the contract duration has been considered for 30 years to resolve the issues of electricity demand and the project would be implemented in several phases with each phase to be completed over a period of 7 years.
AKDN and EU sign new €9m partnership to combat COVID-19 in East Africa, reaching 140,000 vulnerable people
The agencies involved will tackle the pandemic’s health challenges, as well as increase support for the wellbeing of communities and young people
In line with its global strategy for tackling the pandemic, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has launched a new €9 million programme in East Africa with funding from the European Union. The programme will focus on strengthening responses to the health, social and economic challenges COVID-19 continues to raise in four countries – Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda.
With the spread of the pandemic accelerating in recent months across Africa, many countries’ existing health systems have struggled to keep up, particularly as the virus travels into more rural areas where access to healthcare and up-to-date information on prevention is more limited. If COVID-19 is not checked, the long-term social and economic effects on the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in East Africa could be devastating.
The 30-month, multi-sector programme will help strengthen existing health responses and increase awareness of prevention strategies and support mechanisms, while also minimising the socio-economic impact of the crisis among the young and vulnerable. Funded by the European Union, it will be implemented by three AKDN agencies – the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) and the Aga Khan University (AKU) – alongside partner organisation, In Their Hands (ITH).
In partnership with East African governments, AKDN’s networks of clinicians and facilities will support health systems to respond effectively, including through the provision of PPE, testing kits and other medical equipment, and training health workers on COVID-19 response and management. Given the significant psychosocial impact of the pandemic, AKU will also address emerging mental health needs among health workers and young people.
At a grassroots level, AKF will work with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to strengthen communities’ ability to prevent and respond to COVID-19. This includes identifying and prioritising community needs, providing rapid response funds to CSOs to meet emerging needs, and disseminating messaging on prevention and protection to vulnerable groups. The CSOs are also encouraged to share stories of hope that promote solidarity during these difficult times within their communities.
Young people have been disproportionately affected by the socio-economic shocks brought about by pandemic. Gender-based violence and levels of psychosocial distress have risen across the globe, in many cases as a direct result of COVID-19. AKDN will work with partner organisation In Their Hands to address these challenges. ITH’s digital platform will help adolescents and young people – in particular, young women and girls – to access sexual and reproductive health services and livelihoods skills training. AKF will also engage with young people through remote design sessions to develop innovative business solutions that meet immediate, medium, and long-term community needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that 140,000 individuals or 30,000 households will be supported with a variety of coping strategies to help them weather the pandemic.
Central to the way AKDN works is to ensure that the work is context-specific and has community buy-in and active participation. Engaging with CSOs (who are at the centre of community interventions), government departments and existing health systems is critical to success. By nurturing ownership, there is far greater chance that the work carried out in response to these difficult circumstances will be sustainable in the long run and benefit communities now and into the future.
First national investment platform launched
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoITT) and its tech innovation arm Ignite (National Technology Fund) on Tuesday launched Pakistan’s first national investment platform called PakImpactInvest, opening up new investment avenues.
The platform was launched at a ceremony attended among others by Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Syed Amin Ul Haque, IT Secretary Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, Ignite CEO Asim Shahryar Husain and senior officials of the ministry, Ignite and Accelerate Prosperity (AP), a joint initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and Industrial Promotion Services (IPS).
As part of the MoU signed between AP and Ignite, the former would assist the MoITT and Ignite as the technical advisory partner for co-designing and launching PakImpactInvest, said a press release.
It would open up new avenues for investment in startups graduating from Ignite Funded National Incubation Centres as well as other startups of Pakistan in future, the statement said.
The AP raises investments from public sector programmes, private sector groups, investment houses, venture funds and philanthropists.
Mr Haque said one of the key challenges of new technology-based startups was access to early stage and growth stage capital. “I’m sure that this initiative will bridge the gap in an efficient manner. This Ignite AP partnership looks promising to solve the financing challenge faced by our startups,” he said.
He noted that the overall environment in the country was improving and added that Bykea, one of the startups accelerated at NIC Karachi, had raised $21 million of Series B Funding.
Lessons from the lockdown: Equality, equity in education
It is now almost a year since the coronavirus pandemic forced a lock-down upon us all, disrupting lives and livelihoods.
Amid all the other hardships, more than 15 million children in Uganda have had to face an unsettled learning and development environment. And with schools only expected to open gradually, many children still face months of home learning.
As we reflect on the past year, what have we learnt? The opportunity to promote equality in education and learning must be realised.
Questions about how to support home learning and deal with the inequality of the ‘digital divide’ have become daily conversations. Government and non-government actors have had to collaborate to develop teaching materials, radio lessons and other ICT enabled solutions.
Early indications suggest that the responses by government and civil society organisations have been laudable.
A study in progress by the Norwegian Refugee Council in refugee settlements indicates that home learning packs developed by the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) reached 96 per cent of homes, and 84 per cent of children were engaging with these materials.
Radio was the second most used method with examples where organisations like the Aga Khan Development Network’s Madrasa Early Childhood Programme partnered with NCDC to create content.
Other institutions, like Save the Children, supported the set-up of community radio broadcasts. Equally impressive was seeing how children and families within our communities established small learning groups while our teachers strived to provide support where they could. This feat of bringing learning support to so many in such a short time must be celebrated.
However, the experience of the past year reminds us that securing equity in learning remains a challenge.
A recent study indicates that while learning levels remained stable for higher classes and higher-level learners, there were learning relapses in lower classes and lower-level learners.
There was also evidence that girls were disadvantaged due to time being consumed by familial chores and responsibilities. This exposes how the inequity of learning persisted, even exacerbated, during school closures.
That said, nearly 70 per cent of children appear to want some form of home learning to continue even after schools open. This goes beyond the notion of homework toward a concept of learning between home and school.
This creates space for thinking about a more ‘hybrid’ approach which might be an option our children prefer.
It offers the possibility of reducing pressure on our school infrastructure and providing children with quality teacher time when in class, not merely access to overcrowded classrooms.
The Ministry of Education and Sports is committed to a back-to-school campaign to elevate the importance of every boy and girl returning to school.
The NCDC, with support of the Aga Khan Foundation, have also developed back-to-school support materials to provide concrete ways to make this happen.
The past year has demonstrated the huge capacity of Ugandans to respond to crisis. Government, civil society, communities, parents and children have worked together to achieve a common goal. Our challenge now is to draw the lessons from this effort and think about new ways of providing education beyond the school compound.
Our ambition must be to look beyond equal access if we are to achieve equitable learning for all Ugandan children.
Mr Amin Mawji OBE, Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Kampala.
Girls’ Education in Fragile Contexts
How to deliver a programme where the risks are high
31 March 2021 | Online Conference
9.30 am – 12.15 pm BST | 13.00 pm – 15.45 pm AFT
To mark eight years of the FCDO and USAID-funded Steps Toward Afghan Girls’ Education Success (STAGES) programme, Aga Khan Foundation UK hosted an online conference on 31 March 2021 on the topic of ‘Girls’ Education in Fragile Contexts’.
The context for a new design-driven innovation ecosystem
Today, the global development landscape is facing unprecedented change. Climate change, conflict, urbanisation, automation, artificial intelligence, and environmental degradation are all having a massive impact on the complexity of the challenges communities face.
This is the context in which AKF’s over 4,000 staff are currently working, and whilst inclusivity and co-creation of solutions has always been a central tenet of AKF’s approach, this raft of new challenges has highlighted the need for new and creative approaches that deliver greater value and impact – at scale.
This rationale has underpinned the development of Accelerate Impact. Through this new initiative, AKF not only formalises its inclusive approach, but also applies design-driven innovation to its programmes, ensuring creative collaboration across the organisation, the ability to scale local solutions where applicable, and deliver even greater impact to the communities it serves.
In Mozambique, 1 in 67 women die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth; and 1 in 18 infants die before their first birthday. With the support of the Government of Canada, the #AgaKhan Foundation’s (@AKF_Global) investments in the Pemba Nursing School in Mozambique are helping to provide a better #education for young nurses like Olga Albino who are specialising in #maternal and #neonatalcare.
Learning against the odds – Matt Reed on Girls' Education in Fragile Contexts
Last month, the Aga Khan Foundation (UK) hosted a group of over 200 people dedicated to advancing girls’ education. Brought together over two days, the global audience and participants featured government ministers, international institutions, foundations, academics, international NGOs, and local organisations to share insights, challenges and lessons learned implementing a large-scale education programme in a high-risk environment.
The event marked eight-years of implementation of Steps Toward Afghan Girls Education Success (STAGES), funded under the Girls Education Challenge by the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and, more recently, by USAID. It featured keynote speeches from Alicia Herbert OBE, Director for Education, Gender and Equality at FCDO and UK Gender Envoy and from Her Excellency Rangina Hamidi, the Acting Afghan Minister of Education. The opening address was given by Dr Matt Reed, Global Director of Institutional Partnerships at AKF and CEO of AKF UK. This blog has been adapted from his remarks.
It is my distinct privilege to host this group today to discuss one of the issues our organisation feels most strongly about: how to help girls learn better, live better, and thrive – how to help them fulfil their potential and create (or seize) new opportunities. In short, how to help them have better futures.
This commitment has been fundamental to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for over a century. Among the very first institutions of what is now known as AKDN were schools in Gujarat and Tanzania, intended to help girls get an education, to improve their prospects and the prospects of their future families. In the last three decades alone, AKDN agencies have directly helped over 10 million girls get into school, stay in school, and learn in school.
Today, we continue to live this legacy through our work in 15 countries. Marginalised children and youth – especially girls – are at the centre of the Aga Khan Foundation’s education strategy.
To help them, we focus on a few broad areas:
First and foremost: improving access, but also critically, quality;
Secondly: making sure that their education is locally relevant and rooted – and that they are supported by their entire communities;
Thirdly: promoting pluralism by ensuring that classrooms are inclusive; and lastly
To achieve these things, we have to make sure that teachers are trained and supported, so we focus especially on their needs.
We are implementing this work in a variety of ways. One example draws on lessons we have learned from STAGES and seeks to apply them across multiple countries. It is called Schools2030.
Mountains matter: AKDN, Italy and the Mountain Partnership make a call to action at Expo 2020 Dubai
Dubai, UAE, 8 October 2021 – The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the Government of Italy and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat co-organised a day-long event at Expo 2020 Dubai as an urgent call to action for sustainable and climate-resilient mountain development – highlighting best practices that include integrating disaster risk reduction measures into town planning and networking between and for mountain communities.
Expo 2020 Dubai: "Reaching for the Stars: Sustainable and Climate Resilient Mountain Development"
Featuring Mariastella Gelmini, Minister of Regional Affairs and Autonomies, Italy; Massimo Baggi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the UAE and Bahrain; Yodgor Doyorovich Fayzov, Governor of Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Tajikistan; Khalid Khurshid, Chief Minister, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan; and Dr. Qu Dongyu, FAO Director General, the one of its kind event brought together mountain practitioners, policymakers, scientists, the private sector, youth activists and grassroots actors to spotlight innovative work to tackle climate change across the Andes, Hindu Kush, Alps and Pamirs.
Home to over one billion people and rich in biodiversity and natural resources critical to all of humanity including water, renewable energy and timber, mountains matter. However, with their temperatures rising three times faster than global averages, climate change is threatening mountain ecosystems, livelihoods and cultures around the world. Speakers at the event shared ideas and experiences on how to empower mountain communities to meet these challenges, including solutions around sustainable agriculture, youth participation, private sector partnerships for livelihoods, resilient mountain planning and sustainable tourism. Cases studies from the Himalayas, Alps, Apennines, Andes and Pamirs showcased local initiatives driving positive change.
The Aga Khan Development Network has been working to scale sustainable mountain development across the Hindu Kush, Himalayas, Karakoram and Pamir Mountain ranges in South and Central Asia for decades. Onno Ruhl, General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), said: “Mountain communities are already living a climate emergency, facing the threat of melting glaciers, extreme weather and increased disaster risk. Yet they are often left out of policymaking and planning. AKAH is working with more than 2,000 mountain communities empowering them with data, world-class planning and best practices in disaster risk reduction and safe, sustainable construction to build a better future.”
Yodgor Doyorovich Fayzov, Governor of GBAO, Tajikistan spoke of the importance of such collaboration in building the capacity of communities and local government to build resilience. The Governor emphasised the power of rural mountain planning as a driver for safe, sustainable development. “The Khorog Urban Resilience Programme integrates disaster risk reduction measures into town planning, engaging communities and government together in data-driven decision-making and spatial design to address climate change and hazard mitigation, advancing a long-term, common vision for the future of our city. Resources and technical collaboration with our international partners including the AKDN, UN-Habitat and the Government of Switzerland are critical to enable us to accelerate adaptation efforts at the scale the climate emergency demands.”
In Tajikistan, the Khorog Urban Resilience Programme trains community members in gabion weaving so that they can help construct disaster mitigation walls.
Reflecting on the criticality of such long-term partnerships to foster and scale innovative solutions, Massimo Baggi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the UAE and Bahrain said: “The Swiss Government is very happy to have joined forces with the Aga Khan Development Network for a long-established cooperation dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living in mountain settlements in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.”
Khalid Khurshid, Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, highlighted both the urgency for action and the opportunity presented by Expo 2020 Dubai and COP26. Noting that although mountain people such as the communities of Gilgit-Baltistan contribute faintly to climate change, they bear the brunt of its impact and are already engaged in ambitious efforts to combat it such as the Prime Minister of Pakistan’s 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Programme. Minister Khurshid urged action and collaboration to amplify such efforts: “I hope that we will be able to form a platform for the mountain communities and addressing the needs especially for the mountain communities… We need to give access to the products of mountain communities in international markets where they can present their fruits, meat, or whatever they have, so that they can have a dependable revenue and won’t be using the resources, forests, or whatever the natural habitat we have. An interlinking platform where we can learn from each other’s experiences and share the local wisdom to get more adaptive methods and to combat new challenges.”
A shepherd crosses a bridge in Gilgit, Pakistan. Although mountain people contribute faintly to climate change, they bear the brunt of its impact and are already engaged in ambitious efforts to combat it.
AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
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#Most large-scale international #education reform initiatives start with a globally designed intervention to improve learning outcomes. At Schools2030 we flip this mindset and start from the classroom level – we believe educational change can only happen when it is initiated and owned by teachers, learners and school communities,” says Dr. Bronwen Magrath, Global Programme Manager at the #AgaKhanFoundation and lead of the Schools2030 initiative.
AKDN and Expo 2020 Dubai partner to highlight critical challenges and opportunities facing humanity
Dubai, UAE, 29 October 2021 – Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) staff from countries around the world are collaborating in Expo 2020 Dubai’s Programme for People and Planet. This partnership is founded on a shared commitment and recognition that the most pressing challenges facing humanity can best be addressed through social, economic, cultural and environmental initiatives.
The Network’s contributions to the Expo draw upon its experience in establishing best practices from integrated, comprehensive projects and interventions in over 35 countries. As a partner in association with Expo 2020’s Urban and Rural Development week, the AKDN has worked together with UAE government ministries as well as with Siemens and UN Habitat to inform the week’s vision, direction and content. It has also contributed to the Expo’s initiatives on Climate and Biodiversity, Tolerance and Inclusivity, and Knowledge and Learning.
In the mountainous Gorno-Badakhshan region of Tajikistan, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat works with communities to map natural disaster hazards and risks as an important step to building them safer habitats.
Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai said: “Sharing ideas and knowledge is crucial and nations and organisations must work together on collaborative solutions to global challenges that affect us all. The UAE welcomes the active participation of organisations such as the Aga Khan Development Network as we seek to build a cleaner, safer, healthier world for everyone.”
Working with UAE government ministries and local and international civil society organisations, the Network is coordinating numerous presentations at Expo 2020 Dubai, including on sustainable and climate-resilient mountain development, promoting livelihoods and economies in the face of climate change, a World Majlis on engineering a balanced city, best practices in urban and rural development, music for peace and development, catalysing teacher-led innovations in education at scale, and innovating philanthropic financing – how to invest in education during times of uncertainty.
Michael Kocher, General Manager of the Aga Khan Foundation said: “The United Arab Emirates and the Aga Khan Development Network have worked closely together for many years in areas of common interest, including architecture, culture, education and health care. The AKDN’s collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai is a reflection of this abiding partnership, which is founded upon a shared commitment to addressing key concerns relating to human development, to improve the quality of life of the world’s most vulnerable populations.”
Historic restoration in Lahore, Pakistan. The AKDN operates with the belief that cultural heritage can catalyse a community, helping to raise incomes, enhancing urban spaces, and restoring pride and hope.
In describing the partnership, Nadia Verjee, Chief of Staff for Expo 2020 Dubai Programme for People and Planet explained: “Expo 2020 Dubai is bringing together a variety of voices from around the globe to help spur collaborative action towards solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. Ideas and solutions can come from everywhere, and the Aga Khan Development Network’s expertise across topics from urban and rural development to knowledge and learning as well as climate and biodiversity issues, will enhance and strengthen our extensive programme of events and drive towards stronger and more meaningful outcomes.”
The first annual cohort of Schools2030 researchers came together to introduce their projects and deep dive into how their research aims to support a growing body of evidence that can support improved holistic teaching and learning.
23 NOV 2021
Jellicoe Gardens opens at King’s Cross
A new Persian-inspired garden opens at King’s Cross, delivered in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network.
• Located at the heart of the King’s Cross Estate the garden was designed by Tom Stuart-Smith in association with Townshend Landscape Architects
• Jellicoe Gardens has been delivered with the support of the Aga Khan Development Network. Its design is inspired by Persian landscape traditions and combines natural elements and English garden-style planting to evoke tranquillity and quiet reflection
• The new gardens pay tribute to Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, a former Camden resident and a founding member of the Landscape Institute, and members of Sir Jellicoe’s family today opened the gardens
Designed by award-winning landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, Jellicoe Gardens has been created in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network and is inspired by early Persian landscape traditions – where sunlight, shade and water are balanced to create a place of calm, comfort and quiet reflection.
Though at a much smaller scale, the design is heavily influenced by great garden of the 16th century Bagh-e Fin, a traditional Persian garden located in Kashan, Iran. These Persian elements are combined with English garden-style planting to create an informal meadow-like character full of colour and texture – a blending of the two cultures.
The gardens pay tribute to Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (8 October 1900 – 17 July 1996), a renowned architect and town planner, landscape architect and garden designer. A Camden resident and a founding member of the Landscape Institute, Sir Geoffrey was involved in the 1960s campaign to save St Pancras Station. His works include the extensive gardens at Shute House, Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire, which were reportedly his favourite project. They are considered by many horticulturalists to be his finest work and place a focus on water, which is a central component of Jellicoe Gardens. Michael Pares, nephew of Sir Jellicoe, officially opened the new gardens to the public today.
Jellicoe Gardens sits between the Aga Khan Centre – itself home to six gardens, terraces and courtyards inspired by different parts of the Islamic world – and the residential developments Luma and Fenman House. The opening of the gardens represents a significant new public space in the northern part of the King’s Cross Estate. It provides a tranquil oasis for local residents and visitors and forms part of the 26 acres of public realm available at King’s Cross, including iconic spaces like Granary Square and Gasholder Park.
The Jellicoe Gardens project has been delivered by a team of expert partners. The gardens themselves were designed by Tom Stuart-Smith in association with Townshend Landscape Architects. Bell Phillips Architects designed the pavilion that acts as a grand focal point at the heart of the gardens.
The pavilion includes an axial water feature and roof patterns inspired by traditional Islamic Girih tiling. Townshend Landscape Architects, the masterplan landscape architects for King’s Cross, were responsible for the paving and pathways within the garden and their integration with the wider public realm. Maylim acted as the lead contractor on the project and additional support came from Applied Landscape Design, Spiers & Major, The Fountain Workshop, Stantec, Arup, Price and Myers, Hoare Lea, Gardiner & Theobold, Control Lighting, Waterscapes, Willerbys, Michael Londsdale Group, and SH Structures.
Robert Evans, CEO of King’s Cross, comments: “Jellicoe Gardens is a beautiful, special place – a true oasis at the heart of King’s Cross, where local residents, workers and visitors, can come to pause and reflect. Gardens like this are more important than ever and Jellicoe Gardens both complements and contrasts with other, busier spaces within the Estate such as Granary Square, Cubitt Square and Coal Drops Yard.
“High quality, thoughtful landscape design has played a pivotal role in the transformation of King’s Cross and so it is fitting that these new gardens present an opportunity to pay tribute to an important local figure in landscape and garden design, Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe.”
Hanif Kara, representing the Aga Khan Development Network comments: “The Aga Khan Development Network is delighted to make this contribution to the public realm in King’s Cross and to complete a ribbon pathway of green spaces inspired by different parts of the Islamic world that His Highness the Aga Khan envisaged when we first started planning our projects on this estate.
“Through these green spaces – six in the Aga Khan Centre, two in nearby Victoria Hall, the fountains in Lewis Cubitt Square, and now Jellicoe Gardens – visitors to King’s Cross can gain new insights about the diversity of Islamic landscape design originating from different geographic regions and see their contributions to garden design around the world. We thank Tom Stuart-Smith for bringing this unique garden so brilliantly to life and King’s Cross Central for sharing in our vision.”
Mozambique: Norwegian support for IDP and host communities in Cabo Delgado
The Norwegian Embassy in Mozambique on Tuesday signed an agreement with the Aga Khan Mozambique Foundation with a view to supporting around 3,000 families – both displaced persons and their hosts – in Metuge and Chiure districts, Cabo Delgado.
The project, budgeted at more than US$1 million, aims to contribute to the development and recovery of agricultural activity in displaced communities through the provision of materials, agricultural inputs and technical knowledge.
The initiative targets women and young people from the districts of Chiure and Metuge in Cabo Delgado province, and will be implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation in Mozambique with financial support from the Norwegian Embassy.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by the national director of the Aga Khan Foundation, Agostinho Mamade, and advisor to the Norwegian Embassy in Mozambique, Sissel Idland.
This project is a reinforcement of an already existing partnership between the Embassy and the Aga Khan Foundation.
The institutions have a partnership of several years standing in the implementation of community development projects in Cabo Delgado, with a highlight on the Bilibiza Agrarian Institute improvement and modernisation project.
The Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Nazim Ahmad thanked Norway for its support, recalling that the Aga Khan Foundation Mozambique (FAK)had been active in Cabo Delgado since 2000, with the improvement of the quality of life of the local population one of its main concerns.
Schools2030 shares its approach at global education summit RewirEd
Dubai, UAE (Expo 2020), 15 December 2021 – At the global education summit hosted by Dubai Cares, representatives from Schools2030 – the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)’s flagship education programme – shared its approach to catalyse teacher and school-driven holistic learning innovations and achieve SDG4.
Rewiring education means thinking differently. For many years the global community has worked tirelessly towards the Sustainable Development Goals, yet the very best of intentions and millions of dollars spent has not changed the education landscape significantly enough for many marginalised learners across the world.
Now in the face of conflicts, climate change and the ongoing pandemic, ensuring access to quality education means rethinking – or rewiring – the sector’s approach to tackle these challenges head on in coordination with communities, as well as at the global level.
"The quality of education for our next generation remains the key ingredient to global progress,” remarked Michael Kocher, AKF General Manager. “That’s why I very much look forward to joining RewirEd Summit partners to think differently, plan more inclusively and act more boldly to ensure quality education for all."
His Excellency, Dr Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Cares said: “The future of education needs a complete rewiring of our existing systems and models that have remained unchanged for decades… The goal of the RewirEd Summit is to provide entities like the Aga Khan Foundation [the opportunity] to come forward and share their views and insights on what the roadmap for the future of education looks like.”
Working for long-term education systems change, Schools2030 is a 10-year programme in 1,000 government schools in 10 countries, supporting schools and teachers to become “the centre of social change, not the target”, said Dr. Bronwen Magrath, Schools2030 Global Programme Manager. “We believe educational change can only happen when it is initiated and owned by teachers, learners and school communities.”
With this flipped mindset, the AKF delegation at RewirEd included global leadership, country-level staff and teachers from Schools2030 communities, all in dialogue with partners and education organisations about how best to support teachers and learners to drive the much-needed change. During the three-day summit (12-14 December), sessions focused on a future of learning that is school-driven, holistic, climate-resilient, equitable and pluralistic.
With Dubai Cares, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in East Africa is integrating information and communications technology (ICT) into its programming.
AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
Summit host Dubai Cares is a founding member of the consortium behind Schools2030, alongside AKF and nine other donors – LEGO Foundation, Jacobs Foundation, Porticus, Oak Foundation, IKEA Foundation, Education Cannot Wait, Itau Social, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund and USAID. Part of the unique approach of Schools2030 is not just in driving innovation from the bottom-up, but also rewiring collaboration and partnerships – leveraging as it does not only financial support for its mandate but also the technical expertise of its partners.
Against the backdrop of continuing uncertainty wrought by COVID-19, innovation in the education sector – and indeed every sector – is certainly the zeitgeist, and the RewirEd Summit provided the perfect opportunity for advancing that timely agenda.
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