Aga Khan University visits HELP

From August 26-29th, 2013, HELP was pleased to welcome faculty members from the Aga Khan University in Pakistan. A 4-day orientation to the Early Development Instrument (EDI) was a chance for experts from both universities to discuss the challenges and opportunities of working with the valuable data collected from the EDI survey tool. The visit was a complete success and will lead to a pilot project in Karachi schools in November 2013. Aga Khan University is hoping for a broader roll out of the EDI across all of Pakistan by 2014/15.

As many as 200 million children living in developing countries may not be reaching their full potential. Without adequate nutrition, access to health care and education, and an overall, nurturing environment, a child’s development and future life course can be seriously hindered. This new partnership between HELP and Aga Khan University and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), aims to build on child development research to help improve early-year conditions for all children in Pakistan.