From supporting high school students applying to university, to generating awareness about the pandemic, to distributing personal protective equipment in remote communities, Ismaili youth from around the world have taken action to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
A group of Ismaili students from Afghanistan and Tajikistan made the most of a difficult situation when they were unable to return home from the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the abundance of spare time they were suddenly given, the students planned and implemented an organic farm on the school grounds.
In recent years, the world has continued to grapple with the challenges posed by global health issues; from cancer to dementia to HIV. Around the world, Ismaili youth have been taking action to research, combat, and educate about these challenges and their associated risk factors.
In the second round of the USA National High School Senior Online Rapid Chess Tournament, chess prodigy Danial Asaria hovered over the resign button on his computer screen. He describes the moment as being “completely dead lost.” However, since this was his final chess tournament as a high school student, he did not want to regret what could have been, so he continued to play.
The involvement of youth in solving complex global issues is crucial to the human race’s trajectory. Here are a few examples of some unique stories of young Ismailis paving the way for the future.
Ismaili youth and young professionals have come together for the IDE8 open innovation challenge to find solutions to the world's most significant challenges. Through this process, they will learn skills that will help them prepare for a dynamic future, as well as assist those around them in need of support.
The upcoming Global STEM Festival will focus on providing children and young adults of the Jamat an opportunity to explore concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, to acquire the skills needed to be successful in their lives and careers.
For Sofia Babool, a 20-year-old sophomore studying neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas, conversation in recent weeks has centered around Covid-19. The world seems to be on pause; her school, favorite coffee shop, everything in her life has been turned upside down.
Applying to an undergraduate programme can often feel like an arduous phase in a student’s life, even without the added burden of a global pandemic. However, this unprecedented time allows students an opportunity to seek out unique and creative ways to prepare themselves for the upcoming university application process.
As our world faces the unprecedented challenge of fighting the novel coronavirus, we must acknowledge that we are living through a very unique time in modern human history. While some of us are facing challenges in making lifestyle adjustments to shelter in place, others are facing significant constraints, battling isolation, struggling with unemployment and financial uncertainty, or fulfilling a call of duty to protect communities and loved ones.
Music has always been an integral part of the cultural fabric of Muslim societies. From Fatimid Cairo to the Iberian Peninsula, music has long brought people together, fostering a sense of identity and community. Around the world, young Ismaili musicians are continuing this rich tradition.