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Saif Punjwani standing next to the prototype of his FIRST Robotics Competition team's lift mechanism. Saif led the creation of the lift mechanism, which was a crucial component that allowed his team's 2019 robot to lift above the ground and reach a new level.
Saif Punjwani standing next to the prototype of his FIRST Robotics Competition team's lift mechanism. Saif led the creation of the lift mechanism, which was a crucial component that allowed his team's 2019 robot to lift above the ground and reach a new level.
Student-run nonprofit seeks to close gaps in STEM education
Student-run nonprofit seeks to close gaps in STEM education
24 October 2020

Everything is made of something. Materials science is the study of what objects are made of – from metals to ceramics and polymers – and why certain materials function the way they do. It is the science that explains why your phone charger is made of the insulator polycarbonate or why a car contains the fireproof material fiberglass in its bumpers, doors, roof, and wheels. Though materials science and engineering (MSE) is not often studied in schools, it is the foundation of all objects in our world. 

Global Encounters CONNECT participants from all over the world form a heart shape together to pose for a virtual group photo.
Global Encounters CONNECT participants from all over the world form a heart shape together to pose for a virtual group photo.
Global Encounters virtual camp to be held in December after successful first session
Global Encounters virtual camp to be held in December after successful first session
22 October 2020

CONNECT, a virtual camp that was brought directly to the homes of 1,075 participants during a 10-day period this July, was an effort to bring the global youth together through creativity and exploration. Due to its success, registration is now open for a second session to be held this December.

Talking Hands is an initiative by AKEB and AKSWB UK that introduces viewers to British Sign Language.
Talking Hands is an initiative by AKEB and AKSWB UK that introduces viewers to British Sign Language.
Learn conversational sign language with new programme on The Ismaili TV
Learn conversational sign language with new programme on The Ismaili TV
19 October 2020

Talking Hands is an initiative by the Aga Khan Education Board and Aga Khan Social Welfare Board in the UK that introduces viewers to British Sign Language (BSL). The eight-episode series will air weekly on The Ismaili TV, with different topics covered in each lesson. Viewers will build up their sign vocabulary and be able to have basic everyday conversations in BSL.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Danial Asaria at a chess tournament.
Danial Asaria at a chess tournament.
Prodigy Danial Asaria inspires others to pursue the game of chess
Prodigy Danial Asaria inspires others to pursue the game of chess
8 August 2020

In the second round of the USA National High School Senior Online Rapid Chess Tournament, chess prodigy Danial Asaria hovered over the resign button on his computer screen. He describes the moment as being “completely dead lost.” However, since this was his final chess tournament as a high school student, he did not want to regret what could have been, so he continued to play.

The Ismaili TV celebrates 100 days on air
The Ismaili TV celebrates 100 days on air
30 July 2020

Recent months have been a challenging time for the global Jamat. Schools, stores, workplaces, and Jamatkhanas around the world temporarily closed their doors in order to protect the health and safety of those around them. This introduced a void in many peoples’ day-to-day lives. However, with challenge comes opportunity, and exactly 100 days ago — mere weeks after the global shutdowns — The Ismaili launched an online TV channel in an effort to help fill the void.

The Ismaili TV to host Eid programme in multiple languages
The Ismaili TV to host Eid programme in multiple languages
28 July 2020

The Ismaili is pleased to present the Eid al-Adha programme, bringing the Jamat together to celebrate in multiple languages and timezones.

Amin Bhatia is an award-winning composer with nearly 50 scores to his credit. He has written music for film, TV, and album projects for over 30 years and recently won a Canadian Screen Award for his work on the Netflix show Anne with an E.
Amin Bhatia is an award-winning composer with nearly 50 scores to his credit. He has written music for film, TV, and album projects for over 30 years and recently won a Canadian Screen Award for his work on the Netflix show Anne with an E.
Composer Amin Bhatia wins Canadian Screen Award
Composer Amin Bhatia wins Canadian Screen Award
23 July 2020

Amin Bhatia and his musical composing partner Ari Posner have been nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards for the last five consecutive years, including two nominations this year for Canadian TV shows. However, with no wins to show from the previous years, Amin wasn’t expecting to win this year.

Innovation programme in UAE challenges youth to build for a better future
Innovation programme in UAE challenges youth to build for a better future
17 July 2020

Ismaili youth and young professionals have come together for the IDE8 open innovation challenge to find solutions to the world's most significant challenges. Through this process, they will learn skills that will help them prepare for a dynamic future, as well as assist those around them in need of support.

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