"Central Asia is going through profound cultural change. New foundations for identity are emerging as the region faces broader political and economic horizons. Central Asians are reaching into their past for inspiration, and seek assistance in drawing upon the rich traditions of their societies to foster tolerance ethics, and civic virtues. Central Asian governments have also called for support in advancing teacher education and curriculum. In response, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture established the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) in 1997 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
AKHP promotes pluralism in ideas, cultures, and peoples by supporting the development and implementation of innovative humanities curricula based on the cultural traditions of Central Asia. AKHP initiates and supports: • Teacher training in primary and secondary schools • Curriculum and pedagogical development in universities • Community outreach projects • Institutional development through long-term partnerships
Addressing current challenges and opportunities, AKHP builds bridges across communities in the region, rather than promoting any one perspective or providing religious instruction. AKHP helps Central Asians share their traditions and reestablish links with the outside world."