Human Development Programme
Human development is a major theme in the work of the University. It was established as the first concrete initiative in this field in 2003.
The programme aims to support human development through a multidisciplinary and research-based approach. Its initial focus is early childhood, a period of life that lays the foundation for all future learning, development and wellbeing. Applying an integrated approach to education, health, nutrition and stimulation in early years, HDP aims to provide the support needed to promote holistic child development by enhancing physical, cognitive, social and emotional abilities of children to help them become healthy competent individuals participating productively and effectively in their societies.
HDP is determined to promote better development of future generations. With our educational and community-based programmes we aim to build the capacity of the professionals, parents and communities who have the responsibility of providing the strong foundation and learning opportunities for ensuring a good start in life to every child.
Dr Ghazala Rafique
Director, Human Development Programme
Aga Khan University