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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.
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.
Teachers and students of the Jamat embrace remote learning amidst pandemic
Teachers and students of the Jamat embrace remote learning amidst pandemic
1 September 2020

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.

Children engage in creative arts prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Children engage in creative arts prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
LEAPS programme supports early childhood education during Covid-19 pandemic
LEAPS programme supports early childhood education during Covid-19 pandemic
23 August 2020

The clock reads 6 AM and Karima Rehmani is already at work on a Zoom call, talking with colleagues in Boston and Pakistan about everything ranging from children’s art activities to Covid-19 training for teachers and government officials in rural Sindh. 

Representatives from Oxfam, UNICEF, and Aga Khan Foundation gathered virtually on World Humanitarian Day, in a moderated session on the topic of The Future of International Development.
Representatives from Oxfam, UNICEF, and Aga Khan Foundation gathered virtually on World Humanitarian Day, in a moderated session on the topic of The Future of International Development.
The Future of International Development: in Recognition of World Humanitarian Day
The Future of International Development: in Recognition of World Humanitarian Day
20 August 2020

Representatives of three organizations discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the poor and marginalized, and on development.

Drones will be used increasingly in a number of industries, from agriculture to construction and security.
Drones will be used increasingly in a number of industries, from agriculture to construction and security.
Coronavirus and the acceleration of innovation
Coronavirus and the acceleration of innovation
17 August 2020

The current healthcare crisis is accelerating the pace of change, and new innovations that were expected to take a decade to develop are now being tested and marketed at a dizzying rate, which has consequences for almost all organisations and employees.

Pandemic highlights the importance of mental wellness
Pandemic highlights the importance of mental wellness
3 August 2020

According to the American Psychiatric Association, 36 per cent of Americans say coronavirus is having a serious impact on their mental health. This means that in every group of three friends, at least one could be at risk of developing a mental health condition.

Earth to Mars: an Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center Program
Earth to Mars: an Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center Program
28 July 2020

Robotics engineers discuss the Mars 2020 mission and the new rover.

From left: Anwer Gillani’s son, Samir next to his wife Dr. Anisha Gillani, their grand daughter Elia,  Anwer and his wife Nasim.
From left: Anwer Gillani’s son, Samir next to his wife Dr. Anisha Gillani, their grand daughter Elia,  Anwer and his wife Nasim.
Bringing some Joy during the Holidays
Bringing some Joy during the Holidays
22 July 2020

The Gillani family provides products and meals to North Carolina residents.

Sonny Sultani having fun with his children at his Chicago home.
Sonny Sultani having fun with his children at his Chicago home.
Surviving Covid – Two Stories of Isolation, Hope, Recovery, and Community
Surviving Covid – Two Stories of Isolation, Hope, Recovery, and Community
13 July 2020

Residents of Chicago and New York describe their harrowing experiences of being infected with COVID-19. There are lessons for all of us in their stories.

The new plague affecting the world. Photo: Unsplash.
The new plague affecting the world. Photo: Unsplash.
Coping with the Coronavirus Crisis
Coping with the Coronavirus Crisis
2 July 2020

How this pandemic has altered our lives, and our perspectives on life.
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” Helen Keller.

Social Safety Net Case Managers and Social Welfare Board Volunteers.
Social Safety Net Case Managers and Social Welfare Board Volunteers.
Volunteer Professionals Addressing Mental Health Needs
Volunteer Professionals Addressing Mental Health Needs
30 June 2020

Social Safety Net volunteers provide confidential professional services for those in need of help.

Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.
Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.
Aga Khan University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collaborate on Global Education and Research Initiative
Aga Khan University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collaborate on Global Education and Research Initiative
30 June 2020

Collaboration on cancer research and education a further step towards addressing world health issues.

Amynah Pradhan in her laboratory conducting research.
Amynah Pradhan in her laboratory conducting research.
Service Rooted in Time and Knowledge
Service Rooted in Time and Knowledge
29 June 2020

“During my Golden Jubilee... Ismailis from around the world volunteered their gifts not only of wealth but, most notably, of time and knowledge in support of our work. We established a time and knowledge framework, a structured process, for engaging an immense pool of expertise involving tens of thousands of volunteers. Many of them traveled to the developing countries as part of this outpouring of service…Their impact has been enormous in helping us achieve best-practice standards in our institutions and programs…”

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Address to the Parliament of Canada, Feb 27, 2017

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