The Aga Khan Learning Centre (AKELC) is celebrating after the announcement that it had won the National Day Nurseries Association’s International Nursery of the Year Award on June 22 this year in Coventry, England. AKELC is a high-quality, purpose-built, non-profit nursery school that has been in operation since 2010 in Oud Metha. The bilingual (English/Arabic) Centre provides a British (EYFS) curriculum and welcomes children from all backgrounds and abilities.
On 10 July, during the historic address to Portugal’s Members of Parliament, His Highness praised Portugal as an important player on the global stage and thanked the country for a "progressive partnership with the Ismaili Imamat". His Highness' speech took place in the Senate Chamber at the invitation of His Excellency Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, the President of the Assembly of the Republic.
On 9 July, President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, officially welcomed His Highness the Aga Khan to Portugal during a ceremony and meetings at the Belém Palace. His Highness received State honours upon his arrival and was greeted on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee, commemorating 60 years of global leadership and contributions to humanity. More than 40,000 members of the Ismaili community have gathered in Portugal for the culmination of year-long celebrations taking place this week in Lisbon.
On 9 July, His Highness was received with full state honours by the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Palácio de Belém, the official residence of the President. About the meeting, His Highness said it was "a uniquely memorable day".