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.
Reflecting growing recognition of the professionalism of the search and rescue teams assembled by the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), the People’s Republic of China invited AKAH to participate on behalf of Tajikistan in the first "Flame Blue" International Technical Exchange and Games on Fire and Rescue that took place in Hangzhou, China from 4 to 10 November. "While the AKAH team was honoured and received rewards and recognition for their technical prowess in search and rescue and response," said Hadi Husani, CEO of AKAH in Tajikistan. "What stood out most for them upon returning was that they were recognised for their passion and cohesiveness as a team."
Forty years of war, from the Soviet occupation of the 1980s to internal strife and Taliban rule, have destroyed much of Afghanistan’s prized art, artefacts and architecture. When the Taliban government was ousted in 2001, restoring monuments and historic neighborhoods was a low priority, given the urgent need for essentials from roads to sewer lines. So non-profits - including the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and Britain’s Turquoise Mountain Foundation (TMF) - stepped into the void. “The restorations instilled a sense of pride in the local community,” said AKTC general manager Luis Monreal, who credits the build with also creating homes, jobs and tourism.