Institutional News

At the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India, teachers and students enjoy a fun moment of sport together on the campus lawn.
At the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India, teachers and students enjoy a fun moment of sport together on the campus lawn.
Being healthy children – inside and out
Being healthy children – inside and out
6 February 2020

On the occasion of Children’s Mental Health Week, the Aga Khan Health Board (UK) explores the importance of supporting young people to pay attention to their emotional wellbeing, and shares some advice for children on being healthy, inside and out. We encourage you to read this article with the children in your life.

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.

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.

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.

The three winners of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award: Aung Kyaw Moe on behalf of the Centre for Social Integrity, an organisation that provides youth from Myanmar’s conflict-affected regions with the skills to be leaders for change; Deborah Ahenkorah, a Ghanaian social entrepreneur and book publisher; and Igor Radulović on behalf of Learning History that is not yet History, a network in the Balkans developing a new approach to teaching the history of conflict.
The three winners of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award: Aung Kyaw Moe on behalf of the Centre for Social Integrity, an organisation that provides youth from Myanmar’s conflict-affected regions with the skills to be leaders for change; Deborah Ahenkorah, a Ghanaian social entrepreneur and book publisher; and Igor Radulović on behalf of Learning History that is not yet History, a network in the Balkans developing a new approach to teaching the history of conflict.
Pluralism in action: Global Pluralism Award winners tell their story
Pluralism in action: Global Pluralism Award winners tell their story
19 December 2019

The Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) hosted the second biennial Global Pluralism Award ceremony in November 2019. At the ceremony, presided over by Mawlana Hazar Imam and attended by many members of the GCP’s Board, including Princess Zahra, the Centre recognised three winners who will each receive a $50,000 grant to help them continue their work.

Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah in his IVC Colonel uniform surrounded by members of the IVC in India.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah in his IVC Colonel uniform surrounded by members of the IVC in India.
We make a difference: Ismaili Volunteer Corps celebrates 100 years of service
We make a difference: Ismaili Volunteer Corps celebrates 100 years of service
3 December 2019

In 2019, Jamats around the world have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC). Throughout its history, the IVC has aimed to serve the needs of the Jamat. Within the ethic of improving the quality of life of all humanity, the IVC also serves the broader communities of which the Jamat is a part. This service to society is seen as a civic responsibility and has always been an important part of IVC’s work.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra are welcomed to Ottawa by Ameerally Kassim-Lakha, President of the Ismaili Council for Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Jamat.
Mawlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra are welcomed to Ottawa by Ameerally Kassim-Lakha, President of the Ismaili Council for Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Jamat.
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Canada for Global Pluralism Awards ceremony
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Canada for Global Pluralism Awards ceremony
19 November 2019

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Canada today, accompanied by Princess Zahra, in advance of a ceremony to recognise the recipients of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary General Meredith Preston McGhie join the Global Pluralism Award recipients for a group photograph.
Mawlana Hazar Imam and Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary General Meredith Preston McGhie join the Global Pluralism Award recipients for a group photograph.
Mawlana Hazar Imam presides over 2019 Global Pluralism Awards
Mawlana Hazar Imam presides over 2019 Global Pluralism Awards
19 November 2019

Mawlana Hazar Imam presided over the Global Pluralism Award ceremony on Wednesday 20 November, a biennial event hosted by the Global Centre for Pluralism. The Award recognises the extraordinary achievements of organisations, individuals, and governments around the world who exemplify living peacefully and productively with diversity.

IIS staff and short course participants at the Aga Khan Centre, London.
IIS staff and short course participants at the Aga Khan Centre, London.
IIS now accepting applications for series of short courses
IIS now accepting applications for series of short courses
18 November 2019

Applications are now open for a series of eight short courses offered by the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in 2020 as part of its continuing education programme.

Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism (centre) poses for a group photograph with young members of the Jamat at an institutional dinner in Paris.
Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism (centre) poses for a group photograph with young members of the Jamat at an institutional dinner in Paris.
Ethic of pluralism explored at institutional dinner in France
Ethic of pluralism explored at institutional dinner in France
11 November 2019

The Ismaili Council for France held an institutional dinner attended by Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) on 10 November, ahead of the upcoming Paris Peace Forum. 

View to the main entrance past the central ablutions fountain in the courtyard.
View to the main entrance past the central ablutions fountain in the courtyard.
Paving the way forward
Paving the way forward
9 November 2019

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently completed a trip to Pakistan, where they visited a number of AKDN projects. One stop on their tour of the country was Lahore. As a vital part of the Mughal Empire, Lahore was famed as one of the world’s most cultured cities. Since 2007, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Government of Punjab have strived to reinstate this historical legacy.

An insight into the lives of new IIS students
An insight into the lives of new IIS students
29 October 2019

In September 2019, 40 new students joined The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) for post-graduate study, arriving from Canada, India, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and the USA. They have embarked on a journey that will expand their horizons, create lifelong friendships, and become part of a global network of alumni that share the unique experience of studying at the IIS. In this photo essay, we meet some of them to learn more about their first impressions and their individual and collective aspirations.

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