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Geographic information systems (GIS) allow us to visualise data by analysing its spatial location.
Geographic information systems (GIS) allow us to visualise data by analysing its spatial location.
Technologies transforming the world: Part one
Technologies transforming the world: Part one
29 January 2020

We have seen rapid technological progress in the last decade. Society has made advancements in energy efficiency, image recognition, and natural language processing, among many other fields. These technological advancements suggest substantial changes to come for our society in the months and years ahead. 

Investing in the early years can help to ensure that each young person can eventually reach their fullest potential.
Investing in the early years can help to ensure that each young person can eventually reach their fullest potential.
Parwaaz ECD programme in Afghanistan supports the right start to life
Parwaaz ECD programme in Afghanistan supports the right start to life
28 January 2020

Scientific research has shown that 90 percent of brain growth happens before a child begins school. During this time, the foundation is laid for health and wellbeing throughout life. As such, investing in the early years of a child’s life is one of the smartest investments a parent or community can make. The Parwaaz Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme in Afghanistan aims to ensure that every child has the right start to life.

Participants enroute, via boat, to the Arcadia Education Project. The school, which won the 2019 Award, is an amphibious structure, built on land, that is flood-prone.
Participants enroute, via boat, to the Arcadia Education Project. The school, which won the 2019 Award, is an amphibious structure, built on land, that is flood-prone.
Building regional partnerships: Learning from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Building regional partnerships: Learning from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
27 January 2020

It’s a cool and damp morning at a school in South Kanarchor, on the outskirts of Dhaka. As the children break for recess, they’re greeted by the sight of six young visitors, approaching the school by boat. The children clamour around the bamboo railings excitedly. Nestled in the heart of South Kanarchor is the Arcadia Education Project, one of the winners of the 2019 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA). Built on land that floods regularly, the amphibious structure is an innovative solution that responds to climate, context, and community. And that’s exactly what the visitors were there to learn about.

A Hackathon Dubai participant consults with a facilitator to determine if his group is on the right track.
A Hackathon Dubai participant consults with a facilitator to determine if his group is on the right track.
Hackathon Dubai empowers youth to address today’s technological challenges
Hackathon Dubai empowers youth to address today’s technological challenges
27 January 2020

The Ismaili Centre, Dubai held its first two-day Hackathon recently, which introduced 35 young individuals to real-world technological problems and challenged them to identify sustainable global solutions.

Early Childhood Development in India

Video: Early Childhood Development in India
23 January 2020

The early years of life are critical for the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive formation of every young child. On the occasion of the UN’s International Day of Education, we learn about the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)’s work in Early Childhood Development (ECD) in India. By supporting government ECD centres, AKF facilitates a safe, healthy, and joyful environment where children can learn.

Eating is meant to be a slow, steady, and nourishing process. Modern science suggests opting for fresh food whenever possible.
Eating is meant to be a slow, steady, and nourishing process. Modern science suggests opting for fresh food whenever possible.
The gut-brain connection: Using science to better digest our thoughts
The gut-brain connection: Using science to better digest our thoughts
22 January 2020

Have you ever had a gut feeling about something? What if it isn’t simply an expression, but a statement grounded in scientific fact? This is the story of how your gut and brain have been in constant communication with one another since birth, and how you might want to listen to their conversation.

Vancouver couple plays key role in helping to establish palliative care at Aga Khan University
Vancouver couple plays key role in helping to establish palliative care at Aga Khan University
14 January 2020

Over the last two and a half years, a husband and wife team from Vancouver, Canada, have helped to establish the palliative programme at the Aga Khan University (AKU) Hospital in Karachi. Through onsite visits, numerous remote conferences, and ongoing correspondence with the local team, the couple were able to set up a sustainable, long-term programme, the first of its kind in Pakistan.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa interacts with students during a visit to the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo.
President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa interacts with students during a visit to the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo.
President of the Republic of Portugal visits Aga Khan Academy Maputo
President of the Republic of Portugal visits Aga Khan Academy Maputo
14 January 2020

His Excellency President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa visited the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo on 13 January, while in Mozambique for the inauguration of its new President. He was accompanied by Ms Teresa Ribeiro, Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Portuguese Government, and Ms Maria Amélia de Paiva, Portugal’s Ambassador to Mozambique.

Advances in science and technology bring increased opportunities and factors for consideration.
Advances in science and technology bring increased opportunities and factors for consideration.
Ismailis at forefront of advances in science and technology in the United States
Ismailis at forefront of advances in science and technology in the United States
12 January 2020

Advances in science, technology, and improved health care and nutrition are all contributing to increased longevity of life, along with advanced diagnosis and treatment of health conditions. A number of Ismailis in the USA are leading the way in these fields of endeavour.

Rediscovering heritage in Pakistan
Rediscovering heritage in Pakistan
9 January 2020

Last month, young members of the Jamat in Pakistan had the opportunity to tour interior Sindh and Karachi on a journey to reflect on and understand the importance of cultural heritage. The trip was organised as part of the Heritage Discovery Tour (HDT), a flagship programme of the Arts and Culture portfolio of the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan.

The Global Centre for Pluralism was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.
The Global Centre for Pluralism was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.
Interview with Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism
Interview with Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism
6 January 2020

Meredith Preston McGhie was appointed as the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Secretary General in October 2019, and presided over the recent Global Pluralism Awards, alongside Mawlana Hazar Imam. Here she explains the meaning of pluralism, and how the Centre is addressing today’s urgent global challenges.

20 goals for 2020
20 goals for 2020
30 December 2019

On behalf of The Ismaili, we wish all our readers a Happy New Year, and hope that 2020 brings you lots of joy, happiness, and good health.

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