Youth Engagement

Many people, young and old, have used the medium of writing to document their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.
Many people, young and old, have used the medium of writing to document their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.
Reflecting on our times by writing about the world
Reflecting on our times by writing about the world
11 January 2021

Since the beginning of time, people have handed down knowledge and lessons from one generation to the next in the form of stories. The novelist Haruki Murakami once said that “Stories lie deep in our souls. Stories lie so deep at the bottom of our hearts that they can bring people together at the deepest level.” For one young member of the Jamat in the Far East, continuing this centuries-old tradition is of crucial importance.

The Mosaic virtual camp reached over 80 participants aged 11-17 years across the UK and Europe.
The Mosaic virtual camp reached over 80 participants aged 11-17 years across the UK and Europe.
UK volunteer team innovates to turn obstacles into opportunity
UK volunteer team innovates to turn obstacles into opportunity
7 January 2021

Sensitive to the needs of our young Jamat in a time of uncertainty, and in the absence of regular in-person camp offerings, the virtual Mosaic camp was an example of innovation and dedication from a small group of volunteers in the UK, looking to inspire and educate leaders of the future.

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.

User Experience (UX) relates to the holistic perspective that a person feels about using a product, service, or system.
User Experience (UX) relates to the holistic perspective that a person feels about using a product, service, or system.
Leading UX designer explores future of the field
Leading UX designer explores future of the field
3 December 2020

The field of User Experience (UX) has grown rapidly over recent years, due to the proliferation of electronic devices, software apps, games, and productivity tools. We take a look into the world of UX and some of the career opportunities that may exist within it.

The Jamat is embracing virtual programming as an opportunity to connect and interact with each other across frontiers.
The Jamat is embracing virtual programming as an opportunity to connect and interact with each other across frontiers.
Building connections through connectivity
Building connections through connectivity
28 November 2020

Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, many in the Ismaili community, and indeed, the global community, have collectively strived to achieve a sense of optimism towards the future, propelled by the value we place on human connection.

Values such as integrity, accountability, and transparency are important to succeed in the field of public service.
Values such as integrity, accountability, and transparency are important to succeed in the field of public service.
A glimpse into a career in public service
A glimpse into a career in public service
26 November 2020

Careers of the Future is a new original series airing on The Ismaili TV, where students can hear directly from members of the Jamat at the leading edge of their fields about how to most effectively prepare for the future of work.

Careers of the Future hopes to prepare young people for the rapid changes taking place in workplaces across all fields in every part of the world.
Careers of the Future hopes to prepare young people for the rapid changes taking place in workplaces across all fields in every part of the world.
What does the future hold for young people?
What does the future hold for young people?
19 November 2020

Working lives are changing more rapidly than perhaps ever before. Careers of the Future is a new original series airing exclusively on The Ismaili TV, where students and young professionals can hear directly from members of the Jamat at the leading edge of their fields about how to most effectively prepare for the future of work.

UCA's unique location in smaller cities and rural communities adds to the school’s appeal.
UCA's unique location in smaller cities and rural communities adds to the school’s appeal.
An insight into student life at the University of Central Asia
An insight into student life at the University of Central Asia
9 November 2020

Surrounded by the Pamir mountains in the heart of Khorog, Tajikistan, students like Jonbegim Mukhtor have the opportunity to participate in a university experience like no other.

The Global STEM Festival brought together students from all around the world in a way that had never been done before— virtually.
The Global STEM Festival brought together students from all around the world in a way that had never been done before— virtually.
Creative young minds blossom amid pandemic
Creative young minds blossom amid pandemic
29 October 2020

Earlier this year, students and volunteers from around the world came together to make the most of the newfound time and togetherness provided by the lock downs. Aga Khan Education Boards harnessed the inherent creativity of the youth of our Jamat while being confined to their homes. They developed the Global STEM Festival, which took place from 5 July to 30 August 2020.

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. 

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