Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication (Name of Journal)

Impact: Making a difference


Professional Development Centre, Karachi


This paper discusses the impact of the educational interventions (the Adult Literacy Centers (ALCs) established by The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) and Coaching Centers (CCs) run by the Aga Khan Education Service (AKES,P) in the Northern Areas of Pakistan in the regions of Baltistan and Nagar. The communities of both these regions have been reluctant to mobilize women for education. The centers were opened in order to change this perception, as well as to create an environment in which females could contribute to the overall development of these communities. More than 200 ALCs and 39 coaching centers are functioning in the above-mentioned two regions. Two studies (Baig, S., 2001, & Baig, F., 2001) have been carried out which explore the need for non-formal education in those areas, set out the practical results of the interventions to date, and make recommendations for the future. This paper is written against the backdrop of those studies and in the light of a recent study conducted in February 2003.