Ismailis in Action
As Charles Darwin once said, “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Cambridge O Level is an internationally recognised qualification that provides learners with excellent preparation for Cambridge Advanced, as well as other progression routes. Illiyun Banani, a 17-year-old Ismaili student from St. Michael’s Convent School, located in Karachi, secured an A* in his Cambridge International Examinations in Physics. He was also acknowledged as the top student from the region of Sindh and Balochistan. In total, he secured 10 A* and 1 A in CIE. He aspires to become an expert in the field of medicine.
It is said, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This holds true for so many, especially the 26-year-old Farida Kanwal, Co-Founder and COO of Queno. Queno, an innovative digital platform, offers enterprise resource planning software for schools, connecting teachers to parents and students. Recently, she was featured as one of the top entrepreneurs for Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia 2020 list.
“During difficult times, a man is prepared to do anything.” – Sirajuddin
The 58th TPL Sindh Open Boys Swimming Championship was held in Karachi from Friday, the 8th of November through Sunday, the 10th of November 2019, where more than 400 competitors from schools, colleges and leisure clubs participated in the event. Organised by the Sindh Swimming Association (SSA), the event included competitive swimmers from all over Sindh, as well as friendly races for children from the Special Olympics. From the Jamati level, four boys - Abran Jeeva, Aly Muhammad Dadwani, Rayan Jivani and Zayan Ajanee – participated winning five gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals.
“When the world was created, so was music. Every voice is in a scale, everything around us in a time, including our lives. Even the beating of a heart is in a specific time. The whole world is music to me.” - Kashif Din
“I have a firm belief that my business will grow. I want to earn enough so I can support the educational aspirations of the less-privileged children from my village.” - Azeem Khan
The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan (AKYSBP) held the 6th Guides Commissioner’s Conference from the 18th to 20th of October 2019, primarily aiming to discuss the milestones achieved in the past year. Catering to 42 Ismaili Guide Commissioners from Pakistan, the annual conference not only established the leaders’ strategic direction but also conducted various capacity-building sessions to help them translate their vision to every area and process.
Pakistan celebrated its 73rd Independence Day on the 14th of August 2019. To commemorate this auspicious day, the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB) for Southern Region organised a mural painting activity in the city of Karachi. Members of the Ismaili community, known for their community spirit and positive contributions to society, observed the national day with great zeal.
Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network and TechScape Pvt. Ltd., established by the Alumni of the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School in Gilgit, organised the first ever Tech Fair in Gilgit-Baltistan. A series of boot camps were held in three districts of Gilgit-Baltistan including Gilgit, Ghizer and Hunza. More than 140 students, representing 30 schools, participated in the Tech Fair 2019 including, but not limited to, jamati members who were top position holders of the Aga Khan Higher Secondary Schools. 12 projects with brilliant ideas were displayed by 37 students amongst which the top five were awarded contractual awards by Accelerate Prosperity Pakistan.
The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan (AKYSB,P) has launched its first Football Club in Pakistan. Since 2018, sports such as cycling, volleyball, winter sports and blind cricket are amongst the various clubs that have been initiated by AKYSB,P. The objective of initiating the various sports clubs was to give a platform to the talented youth of the Jamat in professional sports and to help them excel at the national and international level.
The Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Pakistan, in collaboration with Accelerate Prosperity Pakistan (APP), an initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network, held an entrepreneurship development seminar for the Southern, Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral regions at the Karachi School of Business and Leadership (KSBL) auditorium.
The English Language Enhancement Programme (ELEP) is an 8-level English Language Diploma Programme that is adopted from Pakistan American Cultural Centre (PACC) to provide English Language teaching to the Jamat.