Anusha Sadruddin, Maliha Ali, Shabina Shah, and Muskan Nisar from the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School in Hunza were awarded a prize for their Book Buddies application.

The first ever Technology Fair was held in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, established by Techscape in collaboration with Accelerate Prosperity Pakistan. Tech Fairs, Hackathons, and Boot Camps are events designed to bring technology enthusiasts together to meet and engage in collaborative computer programming.

Sleep is essentially our life support system, impacting all areas of the human condition, from mental health and physical activity, to nutrition and general wellbeing.

When was the last time you woke up feeling rested? If it takes a while to answer, this article is for you. Are you someone who checks their smartphone last thing at night, and first thing in the morning? Getting a regular good night’s sleep is a cornerstone of basic health, and essential to our long-term wellbeing. With some helpful tips, we can reverse unhealthy trends, and prioritise a restful routine.

Current social media practices are creating a generation dissatisfied with their own lifestyle while battling a ‘Fear of Missing Out.’

In October 2015, Essena O’Neill, a popular Instagram Influencer, deleted 2000 pictures from her profile in what appeared to be a crisis of conscience. Having counted over half a million followers, and living many young peoples’ dream life, she eventually came to realise that the so-called ‘real world’ was a better place to spend her time.

Research has shown the positive impacts of a quality early childhood experience in ensuring better opportunities throughout children's lives.

Being a parent is perhaps the most complex job in the world. It can be a challenging yet joyful experience. Nowadays, parents are surrounded by multiple questions regarding their children’s everyday life, health, education, and future. Should parents control their children’s use of technology? How can parents give due time and attention to their children while life pressures increase each day? How can parents set clear limits for their children with empathy and respect?

Technopreneur Zaynah Bhanji, aged 15, spoke of the future potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help improve quality of life in parts of the developing world.

The annual Ignite Summit, organised by the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board in Canada, was held in Calgary earlier this year. Each instalment of the conference is hosted for entrepreneurs to meet, discuss themes of relevance, and exchange ideas. Farkhunda Niazi — an attendee and conference participant — wrote the following article, recounting her experiences at Ignite.

Ariel view of the Aga Khan Academy's campus in Mombasa. The Aga Khan Academies provide state-of-the-art sporting facilities, where students can excel in football, basketball, swimming, cricket, and hockey, among other sports.

In line with its aim to nurture excellence in future generations, the Aga Khan Academies in Mombasa and Hyderabad invited elite sports coaches from among the Jamat to mentor and train promising young sporting talent in Kenya and India. The resulting sports camps held over the past two years have contributed to the evolving legacy of the Jubilee Games.

Children listen attentively to Sonia Mackwani during a storytelling session.

Civil Society has the potential to play a fundamental role in bringing about change for a brighter future. This article features stories of individuals who have brought about change and bettered the lives of others, illustrating that each of us, in our own special way, can can help one another to build a better future.

Young members of the Aga Khan Scouts and Guides in Uganda serve meals to orphaned children at the Kasanagati Orphan Fans Society in Kawanda.

In Islamic belief, caring for the poor and the needy is a long established tradition. Serving orphaned children is especially commended, as quoted in the Qur’an and sayings of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his family). With this in mind, young members of the Ismaili Volunteers Corps and the Aga Khan Scouts and Guides in Uganda gathered in June to serve hearty meals to orphaned children at the Kasanagati Orphan Fans Society in Kawanda.

Mandarins grow in the Ismaili Centre's Garden of Fruits, which also includes other species, along with their rich colours and scents.

On a sunny weekend earlier this summer, the gardens at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon, along with other flourishing green spaces in the surrounding area, participated in the third edition of the Open Gardens Festival, welcoming visitors, and sharing its diverse flora with the public. 

A keen audience intently listens to Ismaili technology experts at the Principal Jamatkhana in Paris.

Two emerging technologies we often hear about include Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain, which have the potential to revolutionise everyday life. Recently, the Aga Khan Education Board, Economic Planning Board, and Youth & Sports Committee of the Ismaili Council for France, invited members of the Jamat to learn about these key technologies from experts in the field.

The main courtyard at the Ismaili Centre Dubai features an intricate geometric arrangement of water channels which, along with the flower beds and trees, evoke the natural environment within a built-up area.

Today, climate change affects every country on every continent. It has become a global challenge that requires local engagement. In response, the Jamat in the United Arab Emirates has actively participated in environmental programming in the country, acting as stewards for a sustainable, green future.

The Global Pluralism Award recognises the extraordinary achievements of those who exemplify living peacefully and productively with diversity.

The Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) has announced 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Pluralism Award. The Award recognises the extraordinary achievements of organisations, individuals, and governments around the world who exemplify living peacefully and productively with diversity.

Prince Amyn was conferred with the Medal of Honour of Porto at a ceremony held at the Mayor’s official residence.

As Portugal’s second largest city, Porto is known for its heritage, industry, and culture. During a ceremony at the Mayor of Porto's official residence, Prince Amyn was conferred with the Medal of Honour of the City on 9 July 2019.

Miguel Pereira Leite, President of the Municipal Assembly of Porto, congratulates Prince Amyn upon his conferral of the Medal of Honour of Porto.

At a ceremony in Porto on 9 July, Prince Amyn was conferred with the Medal of Honour of the City by Mayor Mr Rui Moreira, in recognition of his patronage of the arts. 

From Left to Right, Sonal Dhanani, Khurram Lalani, Samina Baig, and Karishma Ali, all of whom have been appointed to Pakistan's National Youth Council.

Four young Ismailis from Pakistan have been appointed onto the 33-member National Youth Council (NYC) recently established by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. The council’s mandate is to work for the upliftment of Pakistani youth and influence national policy and decision-making. Its members are prominent figures from various fields including Education, Sports, Religion, Economics, and the Arts. 

Mawlana Hazar Imam shares a light moment with the Jamat at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Lisbon, as Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa, Prince Hussain, Prince Aly Muhammad, Miss Sara Boyden, and Master Iliyan Boyden look on.

Foremost among the principles of the Shia Ismaili Tariqah of Islam is the recognition of the Imam of the Time. Imamat Day is an occasion to reaffirm this principle, express gratitude to Mawlana Hazar Imam, and to reaffirm our spiritual allegiance to the Imam and our commitment to the ethics of the faith.

During the Jubilee Arts programme, Sara Janmohamed created and submitted a mandala — a geometric figure of spiritual significance — which was selected to be displayed at the International Arts Festival in Lisbon. The name of Hazrat Ali written in Arabic appears in the centre.

Young members of the Jamat had the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents through the Jubilee Arts initiative at various regional and national events around the world during the Diamond Jubilee year. Artists as young as 6 years of age submitted entries, and a number of them were selected to represent their Jamats at the International Arts Festival in Lisbon (IAF) last July.

"Art is a universal language, which transcends cultural boundaries by telling a story about a particular time and place. It encourages us to search deeper within, and thus learn more about ourselves."

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Jubilee Arts International Arts Festival, The.Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Jenny Datoo, Project Lead, and Nabila D. Samji, Deputy Project Lead. Jenny and Nabila look back and reflect on the journey of Jubilee Arts, from its conception, through to national events, the International Arts Festival, and the programme's continuing legacy.

The International Arts Festival in Lisbon, showcased the finest artistic talent of the global Jamat, and coincided with the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, where over 40,000 Ismailis from around the world came together in July 2018.

Last July, in the first undertaking of its kind, Ismailis from all across the globe gathered in Lisbon to appreciate and celebrate the artistic creativity, diversity, and unity of the global Jamat. The success of the international Jubilee Arts programme has gone on to forge a legacy which continues to inspire artists to create, connect, and celebrate.

Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex (right) expressed appreciation for the courageous and important work done by AKDN institutions in India.

In May 2019, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex visited a health programme run by the Aga Khan Health Services at the Sir Elly Kadoorie School and Junior College in Mumbai, India. The Countess was on a five-day visit to India to see the work of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.