In some parts of the world students go to school every day. In other parts of the world, students are struggling to get to school. For over 100 years, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has worked to change this reality, to make it possible for some of the most remote and marginalised communities to seize life’s opportunities. Starting from pre-school through to university, the AKDN reaches more than 2 million learners across 16 countries every year.
Central to its many education programmes and institutions is the AKDN’s overarching belief that pluralism, or the “embrace of difference”, is vital to how we interact with the world. The task is clear: To prepare the next generation of learners to be active and responsible citizens who look upon difference not as reason for suspicion nor cause for conflict but, rather, as a source of strength. The effective world of tomorrow is one that comprehends, welcomes and builds on diversity. And one in which learning becomes a normal part of life for all.