Welcome to The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service. This digital magazine provides a whistle-stop tour across continents, highlighting the various programmes, initiatives, and events organised by AKDN and Jamati institutions around the world over the past 12 months.
On 13 December 2020, the Board of Governors of The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) will pass on the reins to new members, after overseeing a ground-breaking period of development for the Institute.
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.
The Ismaili Imamat has acquired the Palacete Leitão located on Rua Marquês da Fronteira in Lisbon. The site is adjacent to the existing Palacete Henrique Mendonça, which on 11 July 2018, was designated by Mawlana Hazar Imam as the Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The Aga Khan Museum’s annual fundraising gala will take place online this year, aiming to extend friendship across divides and reach a diverse, global audience. Showcasing performances and on-screen conversations with a wide array of luminaries from the worlds of art, film, literature, music and science, the event will also include a special address from Prince Amyn.
In response to extensive travel restrictions and preventive measures being taken due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Global Encounters and Aga Khan Youth and Sports Boards from around the world are joining together to offer a new virtual summer camp for the youth of the global Jamat.
The fourth and final issue of AT HOME, a digital magazine presenting the programmes and projects of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), will shine a spotlight on parks and gardens in the AKTC portfolio.
Members of the Jamat in Tajikistan are helping their communities — which are at high risk of natural disasters — as part of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), an integral part of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)'s emergency management activities.