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Murad Abdullah, President of the Ismaili Council for the Southeast, and Gulzar Ajani, Community Building member for the Ismaili Council, pose with panelists and volunteers who organized the Ivy League Connect.

For most, education is still a foundation of future success hence the emphasis on a quality education and excellence by Mawlana Hazar Imam. For those who can gain admission and afford the tuition, the group of eight prestigious institutions comprising the Ivy League represent some of the oldest and highest quality targets for higher education in America. Although many other colleges also offer excellent education and academic rigor at substantially less cost, many families consider an Ivy League education an unparalleled opportunity to be surrounded by some of the most academically gifted students and professors.

The 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament is taking place between 24 - 27 March in Sydney, Australia. ANZ-IST2016

Ismaili Muslims from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea are gathering in Sydney for the 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament III (IST). Taking place between between 24 – 27 March, the sports event serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai.

"One Jamat, No Boundaries" themed wristbands await athletes and spectators at the 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament. Sumair Khemani

The 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament is taking place between 24–27 March in Sydney, Australia. See photo highlights from the Tournament here.

Spectators from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea cheer on a race at the National Ismaili Sports Tournament held in Sydney, Australia in April 2011.

The Jamats of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea gathered in Sydney earlier this year for a National Ismaili Sports Tournament.

Sabeen Virani in Aleppo at the Church of St. Simeo

Sabeen Virani talks about the growing phenomenon of young people across North America going overseas to study, work, or volunteer. She recounts her own experience in Syria as well as other individuals’ ventures to places like Sudan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

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