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.
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.
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.
Year after year, “Aashayein”, a programme by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for India (AKYSB,I) has been a catalyst for change for youth from the Saurashtra Jamat. Originally, organised as a residential camp in Hyderabad, Aashayein provides a platform for youth from the remote villages of Saurashtra to immerse themselves in a 21-day journey replete with experiential learning. Through a wide range of interactive activities and workshops, it exposes them to a world of opportunities that lie beyond their villages in Gujarat. As a result, many youth subsequently migrate from Saurashtra to larger cities, in pursuit of a better future. While the 2020 camp remains on hold due to the pandemic, we reflect on how the camps in previous years, have given the Aashayein alumni, the freedom to reach for more.
Since 1999, with endorsement from the UN General Assembly, the 12th of August has been celebrated every year as International Youth Day. This day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the voices, actions, and impactful initiatives of our youth, and recognize their role in shaping our social, economic, and political institutions. The theme of this year’s International Youth Day is “Youth Engagement for Global Action”. In line with this theme, the Ismaili India is proud to share stories of three of our young achievers, whose work in the field of public policy, governance, and development, is truly serving to ignite change and inspire hope.
With the onset of the pandemic, many of us have found ourselves locked-in at home, without any access to the fresh green spaces that are so vital for our peace of mind. But it needn’t always be this way. Sahil Valani and Neha Somani, share ideas on how you can transform your home into an urban oasis.
Since its launch in 2016, over 200 students have participated in the Reach for the Stars Mentorship Programme in India. Through mentorship, immersion visits, and conversations with industry stalwarts, the technology track of the programme has steered students from diverse backgrounds towards niche careers, high-impact professional pathways, and stellar academic programmes.
On the occasion of Imamat Day, Mawlana Hazar Imam has graciously sent a Talika Mubarak to the global Jamat, which is being shared via The Ismaili.
“…it is the Garden, down through history, that has often symbolised the harmonious interaction of Divine Blessing and Human Creativity.
This merging of Nature’s Gifts with Human Design is an ideal that is deeply embedded, of course, both in Indian culture and in Islamic traditions, with the flow of refreshing water reminding us of the abundance of Divine Blessing.” Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Inauguration of the Sunder Nursery, New Delhi, February 2018.
On the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, The Ismaili is pleased to share a message from Mawlana Hazar Imam to the worldwide Jamat.
ઈદુ ઉલ્-ફિત્રના પ્રસંગે, ધી ઇસ્માઈલી, જગતભરની જમાતને મૌલાના હાઝર ઇમામનો સંદેશ પાઠવવામાં અત્યંત ખુશી અનુભવે છે.