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The Aga Khan Economic Planning Board in India has invested in upskilling for teachers, to help them navigate the new world of online education.
The Aga Khan Economic Planning Board in India has invested in upskilling for teachers, to help them navigate the new world of online education.
Crisis as a catalyst: Unlocking opportunities in teaching and education
Crisis as a catalyst: Unlocking opportunities in teaching and education
25 September 2020

Across the world, education has been one of the most severely disrupted areas in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Through the introduction of various online initiatives, the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board (AKEPB) in India has invested in upskilling for teachers, to help them navigate the new world of online education.

Calmate

Music Video: Calmate
21 September 2020

The Ismaili is pleased to present Calmate, performed by Hip-Hop artist Fidah, who in this song explores the balance between faith and world, and encourages open conversation on the existential questions of life.

This year, the Lapis Benefit will be a free-to-attend online celebration aiming to reconnect and reinvigorate communities through the arts.
This year, the Lapis Benefit will be a free-to-attend online celebration aiming to reconnect and reinvigorate communities through the arts.
Lighting the way: Aga Khan Museum to hold digital Lapis gala
Lighting the way: Aga Khan Museum to hold digital Lapis gala
21 September 2020

The Aga Khan Museum’s annual fundraising gala will take place online this year, aiming to extend friendship across divides and reach a diverse, global audience. Showcasing performances and on-screen conversations with a wide array of luminaries from the worlds of art, film, literature, music and science, the event will also include a special address from Prince Amyn.

Webcast: Prince Hussain at the Hay Festival Segovia
18 September 2020

Join us today live from Spain, as Prince Hussain presents his exploration of the underwater world in his photographic exhibition 'The Living Sea' at the Hay Festival Segovia. The extraordinary collection aims to raise social awareness of the sublime beauty, complexity, and fragility of life in the oceans. He will speak with Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici – author and member of the distinguished Medici family – about the motivation behind the exhibition and his organisation, Focused on Nature. The event will begin at 7:30 PM CEST / 1:30 PM EDT, and will be webcast at the.ismaili/live.

Nur

Music Video: Nur
15 September 2020

The Ismaili is pleased to present an original composition entitled Nur by Conchord, a musical trio based in the United States. The lyrics contain themes of Divine Light and the grace of God, and the song features an English translation of ayat an-Nur from the Qur’an.

AKAH's Rural Habitat Development Programme scaled up between 2015 and 2020 to include 12 villages near Chitravad.
AKAH's Rural Habitat Development Programme scaled up between 2015 and 2020 to include 12 villages near Chitravad.
From houses to homes: Building on secure foundations in rural India
From houses to homes: Building on secure foundations in rural India
15 September 2020

As India rapidly urbanizes, pockets of rural Gujarat continue to remain home to smaller communities of the Jamat. Anchored to their land and with strong ties to their community, they often live in areas that are seismically active. Since 2012, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s Rural Habitat Development Programme, has focused on working with these communities to improve the resilience and safety of their built environment. In transforming their living spaces from houses to homes, the programme has helped improve residents’ quality of life.

Shab-e-Didam

Music Video: Shab-e-Didam
7 September 2020

The Ismaili is pleased to present Shab-e-Didam, a song in praise of Hazrat Ali. This rendition is performed by the DN Khorog Band from Tajikistan and features original lyrics by the celebrated Persian poet and philosopher, Hafez-e Shirazi.

In 2015, Noah Chow launched Health Matters Worldwide, an organisation which collects unused medical equipment to send to hospitals in developing countries.
In 2015, Noah Chow launched Health Matters Worldwide, an organisation which collects unused medical equipment to send to hospitals in developing countries.
Ismaili youth take action during coronavirus pandemic
Ismaili youth take action during coronavirus pandemic
6 September 2020

From supporting high school students applying to university, to generating awareness about the pandemic, to distributing personal protective equipment in remote communities, Ismaili youth from around the world have taken action to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad students planned and implemented an organic farm on school grounds during the pandemic.
Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad students planned and implemented an organic farm on school grounds during the pandemic.
Students build organic farm during school closures
Students build organic farm during school closures
3 September 2020

A group of Ismaili students from Afghanistan and Tajikistan made the most of a difficult situation when they were unable to return home from the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the abundance of spare time they were suddenly given, the students planned and implemented an organic farm on the school grounds.

Music Video: Everything's Gonna Be Alright
1 September 2020

Presenting Everything's Gonna Be Alright by the Pamoja Ensemble, made up of artistes from Kenya and South Africa, who came together virtually and composed this song of hope and faith.

Yaseena Khalfan, a teacher at the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, has had to be creative and learn new skills to transition to remote learning.
Yaseena Khalfan, a teacher at the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, has had to be creative and learn new skills to transition to remote learning.
Teachers and students of the Jamat embrace remote learning amidst pandemic
Teachers and students of the Jamat embrace remote learning amidst pandemic
1 September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced teachers and students around the world to make an abrupt transition from classrooms to remote learning as schools, universities, and religious education centres were closed. Teachers redesigned lessons and adapted to the new reality of keeping students engaged virtually. Meanwhile, students adjusted to learning online without the ease of classroom interactions. Ismaili teachers and students around the world have risen to this challenge and are finding ways to embrace remote learning and tap into the opportunities it offers.

Ismaili youth such as Ayaan (left), Ayesha (centre), and Rayan (right) have been taking action to research, combat, and educate others about public health challenges.
Ismaili youth such as Ayaan (left), Ayesha (centre), and Rayan (right) have been taking action to research, combat, and educate others about public health challenges.
Young Ismailis work to reduce risk of health challenges
Young Ismailis work to reduce risk of health challenges
30 August 2020

In recent years, the world has continued to grapple with the challenges posed by global health issues; from cancer to dementia to HIV. Around the world, Ismaili youth have been taking action to research, combat, and educate about these challenges and their associated risk factors.

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