In the increasingly technological and post-pandemic world, with rapid expansion in the digital infrastructure, changing composition of the work-force and evidence of skill-gaps has resulted in a great demand for lifelong learning opportunities and flexible pathways to continuing education. Compelling reasons for offering multiple learning pathways, especially in virtual mode include the needs of the marginalised communities where the Aga Khan Development Network operates. 

AKU LEADS is an innovative programme leading to multiple and flexible learning pathways for Lifelong Learning, Education And Development of Skills (LEADS). Flexible learning pathways offer choice, eliminate barriers to access and progression and address students’ needs. It aims to lead the evolution of new directions, programmes and networks at AKU.

The courses offered by AKU LEADS would be largely virtual and asynchronous (e.g., self-paced) and suitable for contexts with low-bandwidth internet. However, given the digital divide, provision could be made for participants to access broadband internet.

Beyond the initial pilot offering in Q4 2024, a robust micro-credentialling system would be in place for courses offered under LEADS.


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