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Nabeela Talib displays an example of the product of her computer code, which sends messages from her phone to her printer to print sticky notes.

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination,” said Mae Jemison, an American engineer, physician, and the first African American woman to travel into space. She orbited the earth in 1992, making history as the first female person of color to journey into space about 30 years after the first man, Yuri Gagarin.

When he was 14, Aleem Nanji produced his first sketch: a colourful, life-size depiction of spiderman. As he grew older, he began sketching primarily in black and white. His approach was symbolic of his life philosophy — “Life is black and white, and it’s our job to fill it with colour,” he told his parents.

Investing in the early years can help to ensure that each young person can eventually reach their fullest potential.

Scientific research has shown that 90 percent of brain growth happens before a child begins school. During this time, the foundation is laid for health and wellbeing throughout life. As such, investing in the early years of a child’s life is one of the smartest investments a parent or community can make. The Parwaaz Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme in Afghanistan aims to ensure that every child has the right start to life.

Art can be a powerful force with the ability to unite or divide.

Global Muslim leaders gathered at the Ismaili Centre Toronto over the first weekend of October for the closing ceremony of the Concordia Forum, an initiative that brings diverse Muslim leaders together to foster collaboration in response to social problems and discuss Islam’s role in the world.

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