ISLAMABAD - A dissemination seminar on "Enriching Lives Through Quality Education" held on Wednesday to give a complete overview of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) which promotes education, health, housing and cultural awareness in a number of countries in Asia and Africa. European Commission Ambassador Jan De Kok speaking on the occasion applauded the AKDN for its work in advancing effective and sustainable education in the Northern Areas and Chitral.  He said that the Programme also played an instrumental role in promoting gender-awareness that significantly increased the enrolment rate of girls and women in the education institutions. Two documentaries on Aga Khan University-Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) and Northern Pakistan Education Programme (NPEP) were also screened on the occasion. President of Aga Khan University, Shams Qasim Lakha who appeared in the documentary said, everything we do in the university must reach to the people and benefit them. It was also shown that the university's laboratory in Karachi is one of the largest laboratories of the developing world. The AKU-IED established in 1993, offers a host of academic and professional development programmes ranging from Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Education to Certificate in Education programme in curriculum areas as well as other areas, including educational leadership and management, teacher education, classroom assessment and health education. The programmes and research activities are a source of attraction for students not only from Pakistan but also from other parts of the developing world including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Tanzania and Uganda. The documentary also threw light on the life of Ramzia Ashrafi, who was an Afghan refugee and graduated from the Aga Khan University. Then she returned back to her homeland and now playing an important role in the reconstruction of the health care system of Afghanistan.    Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan Foundation, Pakistan, Al Nashir Jamal said that AKDN and its predecessor institutions have been active in Pakistan for over a hundred years. The first Aga Khan School was established in Gawadar in 1905. The Network is bringing together a number of development agencies, institutions, and programmes that work primarily in the poorest parts of Asia and Africa. John Envas, International Consultant for Northern Areas Education Strategy, replying to a question said education should be free at least at a primary level in a situation where 100 million people are going to trap in poverty and food crises. He said the Aga Khan Foundation would be introducing scholarship programme so that no child would be left without education. Prizes were also distributed among the students who were selected from Northern Areas schools and participated in an international drawing competition organised by European Union.