Early in 1989, His Highness the Aga Khan established a task force to determine how the various existing Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) teacher education initiatives might be better articulated and more purposefully related to the development of education in Pakistan and other developing countries. The task force started out with two major premises:
- The education of all children in Pakistan depends upon the improvements of the performance and elevation of dignity of teachers.
- Such an improvement depends in turn upon the creation of a network of teacher development institutes, dispersed throughout Pakistan but linked with a centre of excellence of international quality.
One of the key recommendations of the task force was that Aga Khan University (AKU) should establish an Institute for Educational Development dedicated to the improvement of teachers and teacher training, and to the development of educational research. The Institute's ambition would to reduce the increasing gap in standards of pedagogy and practice between the 'developed' and 'developing' world.
In 1990, the AKU Board of Trustees approved in principle the establishment of Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED). The Institute came into existence on July 1, 1993.
The Institute's key milestones can be viewed here