In response to extensive travel restrictions and preventive measures being taken due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Global Encounters and Aga Khan Youth and Sports Boards from around the world are joining together to offer a new virtual summer camp for the youth of the global Jamat.

“We are so excited to be collaborating with partners from different parts of the world to offer a unique global camp experience for Ismaili youth,” said Zahra Kassam, Director of Global Camps. “Our hope is that we can bring all of the aspects that make physical camps powerful – making new friends, having great mentors, learning new skills, creating art, exploring new ideas, and engaging in rich discussions – to the virtual world.”

CONNECT: A Journey of Exploration, Learning and Creativity will be the first ever global camp offered virtually. The programme will allow students to engage with other Ismaili youth from different countries, better understand the work of the Aga Khan Development Network, collaborate on creative projects, interact with experts in various fields, and participate in cultural exchange.

Each day will include up to six hours of virtual programming consisting of interactive workshops, activities, and reflections. With topics ranging from arts, culture, and entrepreneurship, to fitness and wellbeing, the programming will allow students to make new friends while also building skills relevant for the future.

“There are so many ways to connect and learn on new digital platforms,” said Zahra. “We're thrilled about the potential and hope that globally, young members of the Jamat will be, too!"

CONNECT will take place from 20-31 July, 2020 and is open to Ismaili students around the world (ages 14-17). Registration for the camp is currently underway and will close on 4 July 2020. Spaces are limited and early registration is highly encouraged.

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