Girl Guides and Boy Scouts plant trees together to commemorate Pakistan's 71st Independence Day.

In Islamic tradition, society is encouraged to leave behind a wholesome and sustainable natural environment for those who will inherit the Earth. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) is believed to have said "Even if the end of time is upon you and you have a seedling in your hand, plant it."

Dr Anees Chagpar and Dr Farin Amersi served on a TKN assignment with the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Karachi for three weeks in September and October this year, in their first visit to Pakistan, to assess the breast cancer programme at AKU.

Participants receive certificates upon completion of the summer Makerspace Lab programme from Zuloby Mamadfozilov, AKES Tajikistan's CEO, and the programme facilitators, Faith Harron and Allison Armstrong.

A Makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school or other facility to encourage students to design, experiment, build, and invent; as they engage in science, engineering, art, and other creative projects. Two students from Stanford University were selected to implement the Makerspace initiative at the Aga Khan Lycée in Khorog, Tajikistan.

Students watch as the first 3D printer in all of Badakhshan province begins to print a model.

For the final article in November’s Science and Technology theme, we pay a visit to the Aga Khan Lycée in Khorog, Tajikistan. While immersing themselves in local culture, Stanford University students Faith Harron and Allison Armstrong taught the Makerspace curriculum at the Lycée, an Aga Khan Education Service (AKES) school.

Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa arrive in Gahkuch, Punial Valley, Ghizer District in Gilgit-Baltistan. During their stay in Gahkuch, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa visited the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Gahkuch, which is operated by the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES).

Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa travelled to Pakistan for a six-day working visit in late October 2018, which included stops in several districts of Gilgit-Baltistan as well as in Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, along with the capital city of Islamabad and the southern city of Karachi. 

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers his statement on behalf of the Imamat and the AKDN at the UNAMA Geneva Conference on Afghanistan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam attended the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan on 28 November 2018. The conference aimed to bring the international community together to show solidarity with the Afghan people and government in their efforts for peace and prosperity.

Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa with students and teachers at the Diamond Jubilee School in the village of Darkut, Silgan Valley, Ghizer District, in Gilgit-Baltistan. The school is operated by the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES).

During their visit to Pakistan in October 2018, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa examined approaches to poverty alleviation and development, and visited a number of AKDN institutions and projects aimed at improving quality of life.

Youth attend Skills Incubator at the Ismaili Centre Dubai

A Four- day workshop, entitled Skills Incubator for the youth aged 13 to 18 years, was held at the Ismaili Centre Dubai in August 2018.  Experienced professionals from the community presented insights into various topics on leadership, entrepreneurial thinking, practical money management and additional key soft skills required for a successful career. 

Mawlana Hazar Imam in discussion with Afghanistan’s President His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at a bilateral meeting held at the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan.

At the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan today, Mawlana Hazar Imam reaffirmed his commitment to Afghanistan and its people, underlining the importance of regional cooperation and a commitment to pluralism as key factors in the country’s development and stability.

The Ismaili Centre London hosted a reception and launch event last month for the newly released book Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World published by I.B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS). The book encourages new thinking about the history of sharia and its role in the world today.

Prince Amyn, Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib, and AKDN Resident Representative for Canada Dr Mahmoud Eboo admire the donor wall after its unveiling at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Prince Amyn attended an event at the Aga Khan Museum on 22 November, where a new donor wall was unveiled to acknowledge friends, patrons, and supporters of the Museum.

Ismaili youth from the UAE participate in i-Robotics, an event held to prepare participants to enter the First LEGO League — an international competition for elementary and middle school students, at the Ismaili Centre Dubai in March 2018.

In today’s digital world, coding is increasingly becoming a fundamental skill. As part of The.Ismaili’s November theme of Science and Technology, and to recognise International Children’s Day today, we will learn about the children and youth of the UAE Jamat, who are engaging in a variety of stimulating technology-related programmes, from computer software to robotics.

Prince Aly Muhammad visits a local chicken farm owned by Mr Kalyikul Ysyraliev. As a graduate of UCA’s Entrepreneurship Programme, Mr Ysraliev built his first greenhouse in 2013 with the support of a loan from the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank and UCA, and has been supplying chickens, eggs, as well as vegetables and roses to the local community for the past five years.

Earlier this month, Prince Aly Muhammad completed a five-day, private visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, during which he visited the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia. Prince Aly Muhammad spent time with students in Naryn to understand more about their backgrounds and aspirations.

Alaudin Bhanji being presented with the Outstanding Leadership Award from NASA, by the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Charles Elachi (L); and Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA.

This month, The.Ismaili is focussing on the theme of Science and Technology. Today, we will explore the numerous ways that members of the Jamat in the United States participate in and contribute to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Children from the India Jamat participate in the Little Master Chef programme, which aims to help form healthy eating habits during the younger, impressionable years.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition, for which there is currently no cure, although scientists are undertaking pioneering research into care, treatment, and prevention. In recent years, the prevalence of diabetes has been rising more rapidly in the developing world.

Participants of the Little Master Chef programme created mouth-watering delicacies.

On the occasion of Children’s Day in India, The.Ismaili India brings to you special moments, thoughts, and journeys of some of our young minds across India. Take a sneak peek into some exciting events and programmes organised for their holistic development.

Sulaiman Hakimi and Jamil Ahmadi cycled across Canada while raising awareness and funds for the Breakfast Club of Canada.

Cycling across Canada to raise money for charity wasn’t the original plan for Sulaiman Hakimi and Jamil Ahmadi, both from Afghanistan, who came to the country as refugees over a decade ago.

Prince Amyn delivers the keynote address during an evening reception, in which he remarked on the history of giving in the Ismaili tradition.

An educational programme was hosted at the Aga Khan Centre in London in late-September, for supporters of its three resident institutions, namely the Aga Khan Foundation, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, and the Aga Khan University. The two-day event was attended by Prince Amyn and Princess Zahra.

A panel discussion featured senior leaders of the Aga Khan University, including Princess Zahra, who spoke about the vital importance of the liberal arts.

The Aga Khan Foundation, the Institute of Ismaili Studies, and the Aga Khan University welcomed supporters to the Aga Khan Centre in September 2018, where senior leaders shared the progress of the institutions, and the positive impact they have made on the lives of individuals and communities around the world.

The official photograph of the participants at the opening session of the inaugural Paris Peace Forum.

Mawlana Hazar Imam joined over 60 world leaders for the opening session of the inaugural Paris Peace Forum on 11 November 2018. Leadership from the French Jamat and AKDN were also present at the Forum.