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Conflict Resolution Day and Mediation Awareness Week programming on The Ismaili TV
Conflict Resolution Day and Mediation Awareness Week programming on The Ismaili TV
13 October 2020

Every year, the third Thursday in October is designated as Conflict Resolution Day, a global event intended to promote the concept of peaceful conflict resolution. Mediation Week is also celebrated during the month of October. This month gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we can each play a part in creating a more peaceful, generous, and hopeful world, especially during these challenging and stressful times. The theme for Mediation Week 2020 is “Access to Justice – The Role of Mediation.”

Screaming in Silence
Screaming in Silence
10 October 2020

In February of this year, before the global pandemic emerged, an audience of 289 gathered at Westwinds Jamatkhana in Calgary, Alberta to learn about mental health and suicide prevention in youth through a dramatic performance entitled Screaming in Silence. National and local institutional leadership and family units consisting of multiple generations were in attendance.

Studies on major depression have been pivotal in uncovering the contributions of genetics and environmental factors to its development.
Studies on major depression have been pivotal in uncovering the contributions of genetics and environmental factors to its development.
The Genetics of Mental Health
The Genetics of Mental Health
10 October 2020

During the pandemic, mental health has come to the forefront of many discussions, not only because of the effects of the virus on the body, but because of additional factors such as changes in daily life, job stress, stay at home orders, and reductions in social interactions within and outside the Jamat. A silver lining of the virus is the growing awareness and more frequent conversations around the topic of mental health.

Mental health isn’t just the absence of mental illness. It extends to a more holistic spectrum of emotional and social well-being.
Mental health isn’t just the absence of mental illness. It extends to a more holistic spectrum of emotional and social well-being.
Talk, because it’s important!
Talk, because it’s important!
9 October 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak has not only drastically affected healthcare systems, major economies, social interactions, education, and almost every aspect of normal human life, but has also brought about unexpected, unprecedented, and rather sudden changes in our lives, which most of us were probably not ready for. On World Mental Health Day, 10 October, we find out how to deal with these circumstances and strive towards healthy minds and healthy lives.

Actively taking out some time in the day or the week to practice self-care is known to boost mood, build resilience, and add to overall well-being.
Actively taking out some time in the day or the week to practice self-care is known to boost mood, build resilience, and add to overall well-being.
How can I take care of my mental health?
How can I take care of my mental health?
9 October 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has only added to our pre-existing stresses and worries. With new lifestyle changes, unusual working environments, and restrictions on social interactions, the pandemic has caught us off guard and unprepared. Although many of us are adjusting to a new normal, it is quite natural to feel overwhelmed and experience burnout. What can we do to help? Here are some tips to try out.

With our shared planet at the heart of its thinking, the new Earthshot prize is centred around five simple yet ambitious goals to repair the natural environment.
With our shared planet at the heart of its thinking, the new Earthshot prize is centred around five simple yet ambitious goals to repair the natural environment.
AKDN and Duke of Cambridge partner to launch Earthshot Prize
AKDN and Duke of Cambridge partner to launch Earthshot Prize
7 October 2020

The most prestigious global environment prize in history is being launched today by Prince William with the Aga Khan Development Network as a Founding Partner. The Earthshot Prize aims to encourage large-scale change over the next 10 years — a critical decade for the Earth.

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Music video: Badle gi (It will change)
5 October 2020

The Ismaili is pleased to present Badle gi, performed by Fitoor the Band. The song’s lyrics represent a monologue influenced by the current pandemic. It touches on how human actions — often driven by greed and self-interest — have negatively impacted the natural environment and our own wellbeing, and expresses hope and optimism that things will now change for the better.

Ismaili students across India have been participating in a Virtual Learning Programme, providing quality education, wholesome learning, and periodic assessment.
Ismaili students across India have been participating in a Virtual Learning Programme, providing quality education, wholesome learning, and periodic assessment.
The classroom without walls
The classroom without walls
5 October 2020

Responding to crises often requires us to think quickly; providing agile and adaptable solutions that can evolve with a changing context. In India, when the pandemic forced the closure of schools and Religious Education Centres, AKEB and ITREB in India took their learning programmes online for the first time ever.

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Video: Planning for Opportunity
5 October 2020

This year’s theme for World Habitat Day, Housing for All: A Better Urban Future, is an opportunity to reflect on the state of housing in our towns, cities, and communities, exploring how we can build stronger, more resilient settlements.

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Video: Teachers - Shaping the future of our Jamat
4 October 2020

In celebration of World Teachers’ Day, The Ismaili presents a new short film featuring Bait-ul Ilm teachers and students in the UK jurisdiction Jamat, discussing the value of Religious Education and the recent adaptation to online classes.

Secondary Religious Education teachers adapt to new ways of working
Secondary Religious Education teachers adapt to new ways of working
4 October 2020

Since the announcement of lockdowns earlier this year, Bait-ul Ilm centres quickly transitioned to an online learning model. This has significantly impacted the routines of students and teachers as they experiment with new ways of working and communicating. To mark World Teachers’ Day, 5 October, we spoke to IIS-trained secondary Religious Education teachers around the world to find out how they have adapted.

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat volunteers take part in ongoing food distribution activities in Roshtqala, Gorno-Badakhshan.
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat volunteers take part in ongoing food distribution activities in Roshtqala, Gorno-Badakhshan.
FOCUS and Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partner to serve communities in mountainous regions
FOCUS and Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partner to serve communities in mountainous regions
4 October 2020

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) have been working to ensure that Pakistan and Tajikistan’s most vulnerable communities, volunteers, and patients have access to information, food, and essential supplies needed at this crucial time.

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