During a recent meeting with the AKDN Representativefor Afghanistan, Mrs Sheherazade Hirji, Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar praised AKDN for providing support in various areas ranging from rural development projects to restoration of historical places in Afghanistan. Minister Atmar assured Mrs Hirji that the government was fully supportive and looked forward to the expansion of AKDN projects in Afghanistan.
In an effort to increase the number of Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres and contribute to the implementation of national educational programmes, OXFAM and the Aga Khan Foundation established five ECD centres in Tajikistan. The main objective of the project is to recognise, reduce and redistribute unpaid care-work in rural communities of Tajikistan. Subsequent efforts to enable further replication are essential to adapt the model to new regional contexts and maintain a trajectory of growth in early learning and development for young children across Tajikistan. Early childhood development plays a pivotal role in the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of young children.
Dr Douglas Gaitho, an infectious diseases fellow at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, writes that the thought of re-opening schools for many parents has put them on the edge of their seats. This anxiety is largely driven by myths despite public health evidence showing that the closure of schools had minimal impact in mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic. Education remains a key social determinant of health and considerations should be put in place to mitigate adverse social, developmental, and health outcomes associated with school closures including sexual and gender-based violence.
In Dehli, Rahim’s Tomb mausoleum stood in ruins with a risk of collapse until 2014 when the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), in partnership with InterGlobe Foundation and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), began conservation efforts. After nearly six years of restoration work, the tomb opened to the public in December. Similarly, after lying abandoned for decades, in 2007, a memorandum to redevelop Sunder Nursery (a 16th-century heritage park complex adjacent to the Humayun’s Tomb) was signed by the AKTC, the ASI and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. A decade of work has resulted in a 90-acre park dotted with historical monuments, 300 tree species, 36 butterfly species, two amphitheatres, a bonsai enclosure and a peafowl zone.
Addressing the Pakistan Banking Award ceremony organised by the Institute of Bankers Pakistan on 8 January, State Bank of Pakistan Governor, Dr Reza Baqir, said that although the Covid-19 had derailed the economy but it had also created a lot of opportunities in various sectors of the economy. During the ceremony, Habib Bank Limited received three awards as Best Bank for Small and Medium Business, Best Investment Bank and Best Customer Franchise Bank.