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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.

The Ismaili Centre was opened in 2009 in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Princess Zahra, and Prince Rahim.
The Ismaili Centre was opened in 2009 in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Princess Zahra, and Prince Rahim.
Humility in built form: An interview with Ismaili Centre Dubai architects
Humility in built form: An interview with Ismaili Centre Dubai architects
30 December 2019

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai, architects Rami El Dahan and Soheir Farid visited the Centre earlier this year and looked back on the successes and challenges in designing a welcoming building of timeless elegance.

Members of the audience listen intently as the Aga Khan Master Musicians perform at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon in December 2019.
Members of the audience listen intently as the Aga Khan Master Musicians perform at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon in December 2019.
Celebrating culture, diversity, and pluralism at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon
Celebrating culture, diversity, and pluralism at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon
30 December 2019

On 18 December 2019, the Aga Khan Master Musicians with special guest Jasser Haj-Youssef delighted an audience at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. They highlighted the unity between different countries and continents, and between the present and the past by exploring various forms of classical, folk, jazz, and contemporary music.

The final creation of DiversiTree to celebrate the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.
The final creation of DiversiTree to celebrate the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.
Art installation in Dubai teaches about diversity
Art installation in Dubai teaches about diversity
29 December 2019

In an effort to highlight the importance of tolerance, President of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has proclaimed this year the ‘Year of Tolerance’. With this in mind, an event called DiversiTree was recently held at the Ismaili Centre Dubai. The project, which is part art installation and part performance art, brought together the collective creativity of the community to design a transformative experience for children and adults. This collaborative installation and performance brought to life the concept of diversity, while at the same time developing a breathtaking creation of artistic beauty.

Naureen Karim Shariff joins family, friends, and colleagues for a group photo at the Freedom of the City of London award ceremony at The Guildhall in London.
Naureen Karim Shariff joins family, friends, and colleagues for a group photo at the Freedom of the City of London award ceremony at The Guildhall in London.
Ismaili solicitor awarded the Freedom of the City of London
Ismaili solicitor awarded the Freedom of the City of London
29 December 2019

On 17 December 2019, Naureen Karim Shariff was conferred with the Freedom of the City of London in a ceremony officiated in the presence of family, friends, and colleagues at the esteemed Chamberlain’s Court at The Guildhall in London.

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