Winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture announced
Winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture announced
28 August 2019

Earlier this week, six winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture cycle were announced, recognising a wide variety of projects in Bahrain, Bangladesh, Palestine, the Russian Federation, Senegal, and the United Arab Emirates.

Technology adds a new dimension to ancient art of calligraphy
Technology adds a new dimension to ancient art of calligraphy
27 August 2019

The art of calligraphy is one that embraces tradition, but it has also evolved over the ages. With the advent of computer graphics and other technologies, new perspectives on this timeless art form have afforded artists with opportunities to experiment. 

The IIS is utilising technology alongside an international pool of professional teachers who have offered their Time and Knowledge to expand reach and provide greater access to quality education globally.
The IIS is utilising technology alongside an international pool of professional teachers who have offered their Time and Knowledge to expand reach and provide greater access to quality education globally.
Improving access to education through technology and TKN
Improving access to education through technology and TKN
26 August 2019

Being part of the knowledge society and sharing knowledge in multiple ways is an ethic and tradition that Ismailis have inherited from history. It is a responsibility that contributes to a better quality of life for ourselves and others, and ensures a better future for generations to come. Following in this tradition, The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) has partnered with TKN volunteers to help prepare students for graduate-level studies.

Anusha Sadruddin, Maliha Ali, Shabina Shah, and Muskan Nisar from the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School in Hunza were awarded a prize for their Book Buddies application.
Anusha Sadruddin, Maliha Ali, Shabina Shah, and Muskan Nisar from the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School in Hunza were awarded a prize for their Book Buddies application.
Students from Gilgit-Baltistan excel in first Tech Fair
Students from Gilgit-Baltistan excel in first Tech Fair
18 August 2019

The first ever Technology Fair was held in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, established by Techscape in collaboration with Accelerate Prosperity Pakistan. Tech Fairs, Hackathons, and Boot Camps are events designed to bring technology enthusiasts together to meet and engage in collaborative computer programming.

Sleep is essentially our life support system, impacting all areas of the human condition, from mental health and physical activity, to nutrition and general wellbeing.
Sleep is essentially our life support system, impacting all areas of the human condition, from mental health and physical activity, to nutrition and general wellbeing.
The hidden power of sleep
The hidden power of sleep
8 August 2019

When was the last time you woke up feeling rested? If it takes a while to answer, this article is for you. Are you someone who checks their smartphone last thing at night, and first thing in the morning? Getting a regular good night’s sleep is a cornerstone of basic health, and essential to our long-term wellbeing. With some helpful tips, we can reverse unhealthy trends, and prioritise a restful routine.

Current social media practices are creating a generation dissatisfied with their own lifestyle while battling a ‘Fear of Missing Out.’
Current social media practices are creating a generation dissatisfied with their own lifestyle while battling a ‘Fear of Missing Out.’
If it isn’t on Instagram, did it happen?
If it isn’t on Instagram, did it happen?
7 August 2019

In October 2015, Essena O’Neill, a popular Instagram Influencer, deleted 2000 pictures from her profile in what appeared to be a crisis of conscience. Having counted over half a million followers, and living many young peoples’ dream life, she eventually came to realise that the so-called ‘real world’ was a better place to spend her time.

Research has shown the positive impacts of a quality early childhood experience in ensuring better opportunities throughout children's lives.
Research has shown the positive impacts of a quality early childhood experience in ensuring better opportunities throughout children's lives.
On the Parenting Journey
On the Parenting Journey
30 July 2019

Being a parent is perhaps the most complex job in the world. It can be a challenging yet joyful experience. Nowadays, parents are surrounded by multiple questions regarding their children’s everyday life, health, education, and future. Should parents control their children’s use of technology? How can parents give due time and attention to their children while life pressures increase each day? How can parents set clear limits for their children with empathy and respect?

Ariel view of the Aga Khan Academy's campus in Mombasa. The Aga Khan Academies provide state-of-the-art sporting facilities, where students can excel in football, basketball, swimming, cricket, and hockey, among other sports.
Ariel view of the Aga Khan Academy's campus in Mombasa. The Aga Khan Academies provide state-of-the-art sporting facilities, where students can excel in football, basketball, swimming, cricket, and hockey, among other sports.
Aga Khan Academy sports camps: Playing for the future
Aga Khan Academy sports camps: Playing for the future
29 July 2019

In line with its aim to nurture excellence in future generations, the Aga Khan Academies in Mombasa and Hyderabad invited elite sports coaches from among the Jamat to mentor and train promising young sporting talent in Kenya and India. The resulting sports camps held over the past two years have contributed to the evolving legacy of the Jubilee Games.

Technopreneur Zaynah Bhanji, aged 15, spoke of the future potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help improve quality of life in parts of the developing world.
Technopreneur Zaynah Bhanji, aged 15, spoke of the future potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help improve quality of life in parts of the developing world.
Ignite a spark: Envisioning opportunities for young professionals
Ignite a spark: Envisioning opportunities for young professionals
29 July 2019

The annual Ignite Summit, organised by the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board in Canada, was held in Calgary earlier this year. Each instalment of the conference is hosted for entrepreneurs to meet, discuss themes of relevance, and exchange ideas. Farkhunda Niazi — an attendee and conference participant — wrote the following article, recounting her experiences at Ignite.

Young members of the Aga Khan Scouts and Guides in Uganda serve meals to orphaned children at the Kasanagati Orphan Fans Society in Kawanda.
Young members of the Aga Khan Scouts and Guides in Uganda serve meals to orphaned children at the Kasanagati Orphan Fans Society in Kawanda.
Volunteers in Uganda: Serving others for a brighter future
Volunteers in Uganda: Serving others for a brighter future
28 July 2019

In Islamic belief, caring for the poor and the needy is a long established tradition. Serving orphaned children is especially commended, as quoted in the Qur’an and sayings of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his family). With this in mind, young members of the Ismaili Volunteers Corps and the Aga Khan Scouts and Guides in Uganda gathered in June to serve hearty meals to orphaned children at the Kasanagati Orphan Fans Society in Kawanda.

Children listen attentively to Sonia Mackwani during a storytelling session.
Children listen attentively to Sonia Mackwani during a storytelling session.
Civil society in India: Building a future that works for all
Civil society in India: Building a future that works for all
28 July 2019

Civil Society has the potential to play a fundamental role in bringing about change for a brighter future. This article features stories of individuals who have brought about change and bettered the lives of others, illustrating that each of us, in our own special way, can can help one another to build a better future.

Mandarins grow in the Ismaili Centre's Garden of Fruits, which also includes other species, along with their rich colours and scents.
Mandarins grow in the Ismaili Centre's Garden of Fruits, which also includes other species, along with their rich colours and scents.
Ismaili Centre Lisbon participates in Open Gardens Festival
Ismaili Centre Lisbon participates in Open Gardens Festival
24 July 2019

On a sunny weekend earlier this summer, the gardens at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon, along with other flourishing green spaces in the surrounding area, participated in the third edition of the Open Gardens Festival, welcoming visitors, and sharing its diverse flora with the public. 

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