AKF and Education Above All sign $50m education partnership at the Doha Forum

The new partnership will support hundreds of thousands of out-of-school children to access quality education around the world

14 April 2022
By Sarah James

During the 2022 Doha Forum, the Aga Khan Foundation and Education Above All Foundation signed a new USD $50 million partnership to help hundreds of thousands of out-of-school children to access quality education in some of the most challenging contexts, including Afghanistan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Pakistan, and Mozambique.

The new five-year partnership which runs from 2022 to 2026 leverages investment in some of AKF’s existing education programmes being implemented in partnership with the Governments of the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States as well as the European Commission, UNICEF and several other private foundations. The partnership will also work with AKF’s flagship education programme – Schools2030 – which supports 1000 government schools across 10 countries to advance teacher-driven innovations to improve holistic learning outcomes. Together these programmes work to address multi-sector factors preventing children from accessing quality learning.

Michael Kocher, AKF’s General Manager, speaks at the signing ceremony

AKF’s General Manager, Michael Kocher, was in Doha to sign the new agreement together with Faha al-Sulaiti, CEO of EAA as well as Dr Matt Reed, AKF’s Global Director of Institutional Partnerships, Dr Andrew Cunningham, AKF’s Global Education Lead and Nafisa Shekhova, AKF’s Global Education and ECD Lead.

We look forward to sharing updates about the impact of this exciting new partnership in due course.

Learn more about EAA here: https://educationaboveall.org/

Left to right: AKF’s Dr Andrew Cunningham and Michael Kocher, EAA’s Fahad al-Sulaiti, Ali Al-Dabbagh of the Qatar Fund for Development, EAA’s Dr. Mary Joy Pigozzi and AKF’s Dr Matt Reed.

This article was first published on the Aga Khan Foundation UK website on 31 March 2022

Schools2030 is a ten-year participatory learning improvement programme based in 1,000 government schools across ten countries. Schools2030 supports teachers and students to design and implement education micro-innovations. These low-cost and scaleable innovations will inform and transform education systems to improve holistic learning outcomes for the most marginalised learners worldwide. Join the movement on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

The Aga Khan Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life, promote pluralism, and enhance self-reliance in poor and marginalised communities in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Working in partnership with communities, governments and others for over 50 years, AKF’s long-term, community-based approach has benefited people of all faiths and backgrounds. Active in 18 countries, AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network.