Habib Bank Limited (HBL) was the lead sponsor for the second Lahore Biennale (LB02) held in Lahore. LB02 seeks to provide public space for experimentation in visual expression and experience. The Lahore Biennale is held every two years. The President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, was the chief guest at LB02. He thanked patrons of Art, like HBL, for supporting multiple initiatives and thanked the Aga Khan Development Network for the renovation and restoration work done at the Lahore Fort, Wazir Khan Mosque and the Shahi Hammam in Lahore.
Assessing and monitoring hazards as well as surveying damage and collecting data during emergencies in hard-to-reach mountain areas poses many difficulties. The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) uses remote sensing technologies to more easily and accurately map and monitor hazards and disasters in mountain areas with difficult access. It has mapped several high-altitude glacial lakes in the Baghlan and Badakhshan provinces of Afghanistan, in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) in Tajikistan, including Lake Sarez, and in Gilgit, Chitral and Hunza in Pakistan. Technological innovations such as drones enable AKAH to carry out more accurate hazard mapping, saving lives and protecting assets and livelihoods from natural disasters.
The University of Central Asia’s Education Improvement Programme conducted face-to-face professional development workshops for 171 teachers of English, math, chemistry and Information and Communication Technology in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Naryn (Kyrgyzstan), and Taldykorgan (Kazakhstan) in January. The workshops focused on enhancing teachers’ knowledge of specific subject content, as well as creating innovative activities, strategies, and skills to develop students’ curricula and competencies. The workshops also provided a platform for teachers to collaborate and share learning.
The Aga Khan High School students and alumni have commemorated the first anniversary of the Girl Up Club, a leadership summit, called to empower the girl child. Explaining the essence of the celebration, one of the alumni, Dr Maggie Kigozi called for increased emphasis on empowering the girl child as a recipe for individual and organisational success.
The Aga Khan University’s Centre for Innovation in Medical Education, CIME, has become South Asia’s first simulation-based educational institution to be accredited by the US-based Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH). The university’s CIME was judged to meet the highest standards in simulation-based education by the SSIH, which has accredited over 170 centres in 19 countries around the world. The accreditation means that CIME will join a global community of practice bringing the latest advances in the field to Pakistan.