Very few are old enough to remember the glamour and circumstance with which Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan III was weighed against diamonds gifted to him on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee—60 years of being the Imam, or spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslim community.
It was a grand celebration and one where the Imam put all the gifts into projects that would benefit the Ismailis and the communities where they lived. The Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) began as a handful of schools that were established during that time. Over 100 year later, AKES now runs over 200 schools and educational programs across 10 countries.
This year marks the close of the Diamond Jubilee of the previous Imam’s successor, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan. To mark this jubilee, students from AKES, Pakistan’s schools in the mountainous district of Chitral decided to trace the history of their schools. They found that the schools have had significant social and economic impacts since they were founded in the 1980s.
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AKES,P is amongst the largest private networks of education institutions in Pakistan. Reaching out to some of the most remote areas of Pakistan, AKES,P has been providing quality education for over a hundred years. It operates 160 schools in Pakistan with a total enrolment of approximately 40,000 students. Of these schools, 95% of them are in the districts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.