On 8 December at the Kusi Ideas Festival in Kigali, Rwanda, Dr Azim Lakhani, AKDN Diplomatic Representative for Kenya, delivered remarks on behalf of His Highness. In his speech, His Highness wrote: "Africa’s strength has always been her people. Their resilience, sense of community and self-help, ingenuity and resourcefulness in innovating fresh solutions - often in the most difficult circumstances - is responsible for the continent’s progress and exciting prospects."
Kusi Ideas Festival officially kicked off on 8 December in Kigali, Rwanda, in what promises to be illuminating discussions about the future of the African continent. The Festival, jointly organised by the Nation Media Group (NMG) and AKDN, brings together various stakeholders and leaders. Speaking at the opening ceremony, NMG board chairman Wilfred Kiboro said the festival was brought to Rwanda "because the country is the perfect place to launch such an important festival, as it represents the possibilities that societies everywhere in Africa can achieve."
Tanzania has reiterated its commitment to promoting early childhood education and health given their significance as the foundations of supplementary learning. On 4 December in Dar-es-Salaam, at the 7th Annual Research Institute organised by the Aga Khan University - Institute of Educational Development, Tanzanian Minister for Education, Professor Joyce Ndalichako, said the government of Tanzania had ratified several international conventions and declarations aimed at promoting and improving childhood education. The government decided to offer free basic education and also directed that all public primary schools across the country should have kindergarten classes.
Last month, a five-day training on the use of hazard assessment and disaster management technologies, including Geographic Information System (GIS) and the application of drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), was conducted for the specialists of the Emergencies Committee of Tajikistan by the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat. Within the course of the training, the specialists were taught how to use GIS and UAV for hazard assessment, hazard prediction, emergency planning and management and how to make best use of technologies when disaster areas are inaccessible during emergency cases.
What does it mean when you are asked: "Where are you from?" This often innocuous question provides information to identify the historical background of a person but, more often than not, also pigeon-holes migrants based on biases and stereotypes. The project, Fondazione Imago Mundi, a project founded by Italian billionaire Luciano Benetton, has partnered with the Aga Khan Museum to launch a new project changing the narrative of identity for migrants. The partnership has kicked off with an exhibition in Italy called "Don't Ask Me Where I'm From." Aligned in their belief in art as a source of knowledge and a key to interpreting the world, the Aga Khan Museum and the Fondazione Imago Mundi have come together for this project with a shared goal of furthering understanding, respect, and tolerance among the world's cultures.