For over 100 years, the AKDN has worked to ensure that students of all ages have access to quality learning at every rung of the educational ladder: from early childhood programs and primary and secondary schools to higher education and continuing professional development.
We are proud to share stories that highlight AKF’s contributions to the ladder of education here.
A NURTURING NEST
In 2017, we celebrated with communities in the Kyrgyz Republic as they opened new and renovated kindergartens. In this story, Turganova, a kindergarten director, illustrates the impact of the early childhood care centers on children there.
STRETCHING THEIR WINGS
In East Africa last year, we supported learners and families through many channels. Viola, a student from a notoriously poor neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya, shares how she found a passion for reading in the new library provided with local partners.
In 2017, we launched the University of Central Asia (UCA) in the Kyrgyz Republic, opening the campus for its very first class of undergraduates. Students like Alyna, featured here, played an important role in shaping the start of a strong student culture, with campus tours and a journalism club.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
The UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education also opened its doors in 2017, providing opportunity for adults of all learning levels—including fashion designer Dilangez from Tajikistan—gain new skills to improve their business.
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