Dr. Almina Pardhan is the ECD (Early Childhood Development) Coordinator at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. She holds a Ph.D from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, where she undertook a mixed methods study in the area of early childhood education in Pakistan from a gender perspective. Dr. Pardhan completed a B.A. specializing in French and English and a B.Ed. (After Degree) specializing in French as a Second Language and English at the University of Alberta. As part of her M.Ed. from the University of Alberta, she undertook an ethnographic study on women’s schooling and work in Booni Valley, Chitral, Pakistan.
Prior to joining the IIS, Dr. Pardhan worked as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Early Childhood Education and Development Programmes at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development in Pakistan. At AKU-IED, Dr. Pardhan was involved in graduate-level teaching and supervision in early childhood education and development, research methods, and gender and education. Her teaching experiences have been through face-to-face, online and blended learning approaches. Dr. Pardhan has led major research and development projects in Pakistan in early childhood education/early child development with a focus on literacy, gender issues and child assessment, and in the area of teachers’ lives and perceptions. She has undertaken a multi-sectoral review of ECD policies in Pakistan. Dr. Pardhan is the co-editor of the Early Childhood Education and Development Teacher Guide (2011).
Dr. Pardhan has taken a lead role in conceptualizing, designing and implementing innovative, contextually relevant and community-based early years programmes for children five years old and under and their families in Pakistan and internationally, such as in Russia and Syria, and capacity development programmes to support these. Dr. Pardhan serves on international early childhood groups involved in strategic thinking of policies and programmes.