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A unique celebration to welcome 2021
A unique celebration to welcome 2021
28 December 2020

Since Navroz this year, every special occasion in 2020 has been celebrated quite differently to what we are used to — and this New Year’s Eve will be no different. With many stuck at home and large gatherings prohibited around the world, The Ismaili TV is pleased to provide the opportunity to celebrate the start of 2021 as One Jamat — in your very own home.

Building a foundation to flourish
Building a foundation to flourish
27 December 2020

Many of us spend our weekends having much needed downtime, catching up with chores or spending time with family. How willing would you be to give that up? Yasmin Heath from Brighton Jamatkhana in the UK did just this when she served on a TKN assignment in Europe. For one weekend every month, for six months, Yasmin travelled to Germany to voluntarily help murids from Afghanistan learn English language skills.

Global youth volunteerism: Our community’s pioneering leaders
Global youth volunteerism: Our community’s pioneering leaders
20 December 2020

Whether you define it as seva, khidmat, or serviço, the ethic of offering service has been at the foundation of many selfless institutions and individuals around the world. This ethic is seen within our community and beyond, which can help to foster an active and healthy civil society. Youth leaders from around the world have adapted this very mindset: enabling communities through ‘building bridges.’ This phrase of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s is vital to forming a knowledge society, in which best practices — such as the ones used by Shagufta, Aly, and Sara — are shared and implemented worldwide.

These pictures and tiles were created by participants of the Bridges programme, reflecting various Islamic patterns and structures.
These pictures and tiles were created by participants of the Bridges programme, reflecting various Islamic patterns and structures.
Summer programme builds bridges to support global awareness of communication
Summer programme builds bridges to support global awareness of communication
20 December 2020

This summer, an Aga Khan Education Board collaboration unveiled Bridges, a six-week programme focused on learning and improving communication skills, while connecting students between the ages of 13-17, from across the globe.

Salgirah programme to air on The Ismaili TV
Salgirah programme to air on The Ismaili TV
8 December 2020

As the Jamat around the world looks forward to commemorating the 84th birthday of our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam, The Ismaili is pleased to present a two-day Salgirah programme on The Ismaili TV. Featuring a variety of content — from an inspiring theatre production to a special birthday party organised by children — we hope to entertain and inspire the Jamat on this joyous and special occasion.

Reshit, situated in the Hunza District of Gilgit-Baltistan, is the oldest village of Chipurson, and known as the central village of Chipursan Valley.
Reshit, situated in the Hunza District of Gilgit-Baltistan, is the oldest village of Chipurson, and known as the central village of Chipursan Valley.
Offering opportunities and transforming lives
Offering opportunities and transforming lives
25 November 2020

The Ismaili Council for Pakistan's Socio-Economic Development Programme supports access to quality education, so that children like Sadaqat can achieve their dreams and empower their families.

Occupying the area comprising the Northernmost part of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and China, the Chipurson Valley hosts over 500 households with an approximate population of 3,000.

transforming lives

Occupying the area comprising the Northernmost part of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and China, the Chipurson Valley hosts over 500 households with an approximate population of 3,000.
Video: Pursuing dreams on the roof of the world
25 November 2020

Sadaqat aspires to become a writer. Although he suffers from a childhood impairment and the distance from his village to school is two kilometres, he does not allow his condition or the stretch of road to hinder him on the path to achieving his dream.

Aziz Nathoo presents at the United Nations in New York City on the role of civil society and specifically on civil dialogue in interfaith spaces.
Aziz Nathoo presents at the United Nations in New York City on the role of civil society and specifically on civil dialogue in interfaith spaces.
One person’s mission to connect communities
One person’s mission to connect communities
23 November 2020

"I spend a lot of time learning about my faith and trying to be an exemplary ambassador of Islam in the world,” said Aziz Nathoo, who has immersed himself in teaching, dialogue, peacemaking, tolerance, and promoting pluralism for the past 20 years.

Shehnaz Wadhwania at the beam signing of Abram Agnew Elementary School in Santa Clara, CA.
Shehnaz Wadhwania at the beam signing of Abram Agnew Elementary School in Santa Clara, CA.
Impact and innovation: An educator’s journey into school leadership
Impact and innovation: An educator’s journey into school leadership
29 October 2020

“Education is an equalizer. All of us who are in education, we’re not in there for money. We’re there for impact,” said Shehnaz Wadhwania, currently the founding principal for Abram Agnew Elementary School in California’s Santa Clara Unified School District. Before becoming a school leader, Shehnaz followed a unique career path in education, where she felt she could make the greatest impact.

The participants of the international excursion visited the Muttrah Fish Market, which was nominated for an Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the 2017 - 2019 cycle.
The participants of the international excursion visited the Muttrah Fish Market, which was nominated for an Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the 2017 - 2019 cycle.
Youth of UAE jurisdiction tour cultural sites in Muscat, Oman
Youth of UAE jurisdiction tour cultural sites in Muscat, Oman
29 October 2020

Amidst the magnificence of the Al-Hajar mountains, the lush fruit-scented plantations of Misfat Al Abriyeen, and the abandoned settlements of Harat al-Bilad, 15 young adults from the United Arab Emirates and the surrounding region participated in an international excursion to Muscat, Oman last year.

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.

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