Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan

Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan

The Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan (STEP) project aims to enhance the capacity of teachers, head teachers, teacher educators, education managers, schools, education institutions and district level education administration using training programmes and models successfully tested by AKU-IED.

The six-year project (2009-2015) is being funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD) and Aga Khan Foundation, Canada (AKF,C) to institutionalise the Cluster-based Mentoring Programme (CBMP) and Whole School Improvement Programme (WSIP) at grassroots levels. The project is overseen by the Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan (AKF-P) and implemented by AKU-IED in 7 districts of Sindh, 3 districts of Balochistan, and in Gilgit-Baltistan

The project will also scale up the successful Professional Network of Teacher Development (PNTD, formerly known as PTAN) from its current base in Karachi to other centers to reach more rural teachers.

The cross-cutting components of the project include documentation of best practices, lessons learnt and dissemination of knowledge through seminars, policy dialogues and publications. 

The project has a strong focus on gender issues and aims to work for reducing gender gap and other related issues in the educational system.


To contribute towards improvement in quality and delivery of services in elementary education appropriate to the needs of the poor and particularly of women and children.


To strengthen the professional development and performance of teachers, teacher educators and education managers in Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Project outcomes

To effectively achieve the purpose of the project, STEP focuses on three primary components leading to three main outcomes:

Primary Components Main Outcomes​
​Teacher education ​Improved performance of teacher education institutions in providing quality teacher education.
Teaching, learning and educational management​ ​​Improved performance of teachers and education managers in delivering and supporting quality teaching and learning.
Policies, practice and  networking  ​Improved policies, practices and networking for the professional development of teachers, teacher educators and education managers.

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