Inspiring via nature in the early years - AKDN
In Mombasa, Kenya, a young boy “plants his age” – the number of mangrove seedlings equal to his years on Earth.
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Students and teachers at the Aga Khan Preschool, Thorala, connect with nature by sowing wheat seeds.
Students and teachers at the Aga Khan Preschool, Thorala, connect with nature by sowing wheat seeds.

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This approach is being noticed beyond the classroom. The school recently won two awards from EducationWorld India for being the most nature-friendly preschool in the state of Gujarat, and one of the top 10 most nature-friendly preschools in the country. In addition, the Aga Khan Education Service, India was ranked one of the country’s top five most respected ECD brands.

Nature-based education can empower young children to develop the knowledge and creativity to reduce climate anxiety and combat climate change. It also helps children to form bonds with their natural surroundings and with each other, enabling them to embark on larger-scale change later in life.


Every year, AKDN’s activities reach over 2 million preschool children across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Today’s youngest students may be small, but with the right education, they can grow to have an outsized positive impact on the world.