Robin Higgins, from Nelson in Canada was in her fourth year of work as a counsellor at the University of Central Asia (UCA) in Khorog, Tajikistan when the university closed because of the pandemic. Now she’s teaching and counselling her students in their homes, online from Nelson. She says it has been a challenge for the UCA students to study and be counselled from their homes. She said because of a lack of social safety nets, many feel an urgent responsibility to get an education and a good job so they can care for their parents and siblings, now or in the future.
The Aga Khan Museum in Canada announced preparations for a new cultural and global activity that will depend on wide participation of the global community. Works submitted by art lovers responding to the question, "What is Your Sanctuary?" will have a chance of being included in a new exhibition planned by the museum. The organisers hope to receive photography and short video (15 second or less) works that tell "many stories of hope and resilience" and how people have found sanctuary during the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants from Canada and Arab countries are required to submit their works by 17 June by visiting the Aga Khan Museum website.
On 5 June, the Aga Khan Museum, in partnership with the Toronto Star, will take readers through the museum’s exhibition "The Moon: A Voyage Through Time" presented by its curator Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis. This exhibition was created in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon. Viewers will be able to see the giant sculpture entitled "Moon". The piece measures five metres in diameter, or 40 people standing shoulder to shoulder to circle it.
These unprecedented times bring forth a new opportunity. For rural India, it is the time for the people to upskill, learn and embrace technology in the daily lives. Some non-profit organisations have been instrumental in supporting these changes, and driving a positive societal impact. Apoorva Oza, CEO of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India), believes that technology has played a big role in helping not just our volunteers to stay connected, but also for planning and operationalising relief operations for rural communities.
Tanzanians can now easily and safely evaluate Covid-19 symptoms with an in-home screening tool, thanks to a new initiative by the Aga Khan Health Services and the Aga Khan University. The two organisations have launched a new mobile app for android and iPhone that allows people to evaluate Covid-19 symptoms with an in-home screening tool - and, thus, help them to understand the next steps in looking after their well-being. Simply named CoronaCheck, the app can be downloaded free of cost.