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  • Afghanistan’s Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Central Asia (UCA) to enhance capacity of district chiefs and support good governance in provincial offices. "Building the capacity of local officials is of great importance to institutionalize good governance at national and sub-national levels across the country," said Abdul Khaliq Farahi, the IDLG general director.

  • Sibling Mountaineering Duo Celebrated by Civil Society

    August 6, 2014 - Dawn, Syeda Shehrbano Kazim

    The Adventure Diplomacy Group (ADG) celebrated the achievements of Mirza Ali and Samina Baig on successfully completing their Adventure Diplomacy Expedition of conquering ‘Seven Summits in Seven Continents.’ Samina Baig made history on May 19, 2013 by becoming the youngest Muslim woman and first Pakistani woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. After the siblings, Samina and Mirza, returned from Everest, Serena Hotels founded ADG to help them realize their dream of becoming the first siblings to climb seven peaks in seven continents.

  • Speaker, Aga Khan Regional Representative hold Talks

    August 6, 2014 - East African Community

    “The East African Community is committed to enhancing access to quality education as a pre-cursor to greater investments in the education sector, specialization and creation of more job opportunities,” East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Speaker, Rt. Hon. Dr. Margaret Nantongo Zziwa has said. The Speaker made the remarks when she received the Aga Khan Resident Representative in Uganda, H.E. Ambassador Mahmood Ahmed at the Speaker’s Chamber in Arusha this morning. Rt. Hon.

  • Aga Khan University to Train Teachers

    August 4, 2014 - Daily Monitor, Al-Mahdi Ssenkabirwa

    The Aga Khan University, Institute for Education Development East Africa, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education to provide educational leadership and management training for more than 800 secondary school head teachers implementing free education across the country. The certificate program which was signed last week, will give school heads skills to work with their teachers to motivate and engage students to make a difference in education standards.

  • Saplings of Shigar

    August 3, 2014 - Dawn, Zofeen T. Ebrahim

    When Tahereh Sheerazie, a garden designer from Pasedena, California, offered to design the garden for the Abruzzi Higher Secondary School, in Baltistan’s Shigar Valley, back in 2009, little did she know about the cracks and crevices she’d have to negotiate on her journey. Four years later, and despite the project still being in its infancy, the garden is helping young minds and kindred spirits bloom. But then, it’s not your usual school backyard garden. The Abruzzi School, in the picturesque village of Siankhor is the only co-educational institution in the region.

  • Building on Faith: Inside Toronto’s New Aga Khan Museum

    August 1, 2014 - The Globe and Mail, Alex Bozikovic

    A majestic structure in a plain Toronto suburb, the ambitious Aga Khan Museum pays tribute to an ancient culture by setting a new standard in contemporary design. In September the Aga Khan Museum and a new community center and prayer hall for Ismaili Muslims will open as a celebration of Islamic art and culture.

  • Global Water Scarcity: Combating Drought

    July 31, 2014 - WNYC/PRI, America Abroad

    The drought in California is a leading news story this summer. However, another story of water scarcity from drought-prone Kenya illustrates a possible path for finding solutions to water shortages. The story from Kenya offers a prime example of the practice known as community philanthropy, in which communities come together to solve problems. A report on National Public Radio describes the remote rural community of Makutano’s success managing a water crisis with local assets. The program is part of a series supported by the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A.

  • Yurt Preschools Reach Nomadic Children

    July 29, 2014 - EurasiaNet, Asel Kalybekova

    At first glance, it looks like another iconic felt yurt in a remote pasture high in Kyrgyzstan’s mountains; but this yurt has been converted into something new for semi-nomadic Kyrgyz who spend the warmer months on the Aktash jailoo, or highland pasture: a school. “Preschool is crucial for a child’s development,” said Burulai Aitikulova, education program officer at the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), a non-profit that piloted the idea of jailoo-based preschools in 2006.

  • Khaplu: Off the Beaten Path

    July 27, 2014 - Dawn, Sumaira Jajja

    One of the oldest mosques in Pakistan and listed as a heritage site by the government, the Noorbakshi mosque is a vibrant mix of Persian, Kashmiri and Tibetan architecture, and has stood for almost 700 years, perched on a shaky foundation which posed a threat to worshippers. The mosque was restored under the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme and is now a major tourist attraction. Stepping inside, one is transported into a bright sanctuary. The lattice work on the ceiling, the wooden grills and the colorful paint with accents of gilded gold, give it the look of a Tibetan monastery.

  • Though most countries have effectively managed to control HIV-induced mortality rates, Pakistan still needs to put in extra effort to control the situation, according to a recent report published in The Lancet. The study, titled ‘Global, regional, and national incidence and mortality for HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria during 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013′ was conducted by an international consortium of researchers.

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