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Celebrating Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 86th birthday, the unveiling of signage for Aga Khan Street took place on 8 December 2022.

The Government of Tanzania has named a street “Aga Khan Street” in recognition of the services being rendered by the Aga Khan Development Network, the Aga Khan Hospital, and Aga Khan Health Services.

Schools2030 supports the UN's Sustainable Development Goal number four, which aims to "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."

Education is the foundation of development. We never stop learning in life, and we never should. An important part of our learning experience is the teachers and schools that equip us for the future. However, teachers and schools often find themselves left out of the key conversations on how to support children and young people to access quality learning. This year’s Schools2030 conference in Dar-es-Salaam aimed to rectify this. 

Participants came from far and wide for the first ever Schools2030 Global Forum, held this year in Tanzania.

The inaugural Schools2030 Global Forum, recently held in Dar-es-Salaam, aimed to change mindsets on education reform and ensure that key stakeholders – namely teachers and schools – are valued as a key part of the conversation. The event was co-hosted by the Aga Khan Foundation and its partners UNICEF, the Regional Education and Learning Initiative (RELI), and the Government of Tanzania.

Honorable Ummy Ally Mwalimu, Minister of Health of the United Republic of Tanzania and Princess Zahra laid the foundation stone of the cancer care centre at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam.

In an effort to strengthen the health system in Tanzania, the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam launched a state-of-the-art cancer care centre earlier this week, for which the foundation stone was laid by Princess Zahra and Honourable Ummy Ally Mwalimu, Minister of Health of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Princess Zahra (left) and Honorable Ummy Ally Mwalimu, Minister of Health of the United Republic of Tanzania (right), lay the foundation stone of the cancer care centre at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam, on 10 April 2022.

The Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project is a first-of-its kind initiative addressing the impact of non-communicable diseases in the country and wider region.

A multi-campus convocation ceremony was organised to celebrate the achievements of the Aga Khan University’s Class of 2021.

Graduands, faculty, staff, and special guests gathered for an exciting event full of energy and enthusiasm to celebrate the achievements of the Aga Khan University’s Class of 2021.

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is firmly committed to its core mandate of undertaking a range of innovative programmes and projects to improve the quality of life of communities in many parts of the world.

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The currently ongoing events in Afghanistan are causing concern for the Jamat around the world, and the purpose of this advisory is to share updated information in this regard.


Mawlana Hazar Imam and members of his family pose for a group photograph on the occasion of the Aga Khan University’s first ever global convocation, hosted on 22 May 2021.

Graduation ceremonies often signify moments of avid hope and possibility. The Aga Khan University’s first ever global convocation was no different, as hundreds of graduands — all dressed in green convocation robes — celebrated with faculty, trustees, and guests, while a worldwide audience participated in the virtual festivities.

Most of us spent 2020 in confusion and uncertainty. The pandemic forced us to make sudden and drastic changes to every aspect of our lives. Remote working; changes in social activities and eating habits; more housework for some, and the list goes on. These changes have led many to view the world with a different lens, and to reassess how we approach the communities we live in and the lives we lead. For some, this has led to more open-mindedness and an enthusiasm for trying new things or learning new skills. For others, it has presented unimaginable challenges and uncertainties. New problem scenarios to overcome on a daily basis, and a constant feeling of being in react mode with no opportunity to take a time out for a minute.

Yaseena Khalfan, a teacher at the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, has had to be creative and learn new skills to transition to remote learning.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced teachers and students around the world to make an abrupt transition from classrooms to remote learning as schools, universities, and religious education centres were closed. Teachers redesigned lessons and adapted to the new reality of keeping students engaged virtually. Meanwhile, students adjusted to learning online without the ease of classroom interactions. Ismaili teachers and students around the world have risen to this challenge and are finding ways to embrace remote learning and tap into the opportunities it offers.

More than 800 million people menstruate on a daily basis, and 500 million of them do not have access to safe sanitary products and facilities. Globally, many menstruators are absent from  school because of their menstrual cycle which in the long run, affects their education and missed opportunities in life, thus causing them to be trapped in a cycle of poverty.

How a wedding helped transform the education and lives of children, and the destiny of a village.


The Ismaili is pleased to share a message from Mawlana Hazar Imam to the global Jamat. 

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Mawlana Hazar Imam has sent a message with blessings for the global Jamat, which is shared here by Malik Talib, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum.

Volunteers from the Ismaili Council for Kenya bid farewell to Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa upon their departure from Town Jamatkhana in Nairobi, Kenya.

In early March, Prince Rahim, accompanied by his wife, Princess Salwa, visited Kenya and Tanzania, to better understand the plans and responses of the various institutions and agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) towards environmental sustainability and climate action.

On the occasion of Navroz, The Ismaili is pleased to share a message from Malik Talib, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, which includes a message from Mawlana Hazar Imam.

On the occasion of Mawlana Hazar Imam's 83rd birthday, the Tanzania Ismaili Volunteer Corps created a song that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps.

ECDC began with a simple concept - working with parents to support their young childrens’ educational and socio-emotional development. The model transitioned from offering parent-only sessions to joint parent and children activities.

In 2005 the Jamat in Tanzania embarked on an Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiative at Darkhana Jamatkhana in Dar es Salaam. Over time, as interest in community based early learning gained momentum, the Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) has gradually expanded. Today, ECDC activities take place in Zanzibar, Iringa, Mwanza, Arusha, Mbeya, Morogoro, Dodoma, and Zambia.

Logical thinking, emotional intelligence, and adaptability to change can help prepare us for the technically advanced world of the future.

Due to advances in technology, the landscape of work and jobs has changed significantly in the last 30 years. Some industries have progressed rapidly, while others have declined, which has shifted and disrupted standards of living and career aspirations. As the relationship between virtual and real becomes ever more blurred, how can we prepare for the next 30 years?