Item(s) for March, 2008

Mar 24,2008

Historic Cities Program (HCP)
As part of the Golden Jubilee commemoration, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) presents an international exhibition, featuring acclaimed projects of the Historic Cities Program featuring the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, restoration of the Gardens of the first Mughal Emperor, Babur, in Kabul, Afghanistan and projects in India, Mali and Syria. 
The exhibition will be displayed in Toronto daily from 9am to 9pm – April 16 to 19 (Metro Hall) and April 20 to 25 (Ontario Science Centre).  Each shift will be approximately 3.5hrs.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Tour Ambassador, please contact the Community Relations Portfolio at 416-751-5325 ext. 786 or send an email to

Mar 20,2008

20.03.2008 09:29

Author: Bahrom Mannonov

DUSHANBE, March 20, Asia-Plus  — The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has teamed with the Government of Tajikistan and the Government of Afghanistan in organizing Tajik-Afghan cross-border concerts to celebrate the Navrouz holiday.  Concerts are being held today in Khorog, the main town of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (Gorno Badakhshan or GBAO) and in neighboring Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province.

Today, singers and musicians from Tajikistan will be crossing the border at the site of the Friendship Bridge in Khorog and performing traditional songs and dances for audiences on the other side of the Panj River.  Tomorrow, Afghan performers will hold a traditional concert program in Khorog.

Ms. Sitora Shokamolova. Communications Officer, AKDN Tajikistan, noted that a group of more than 20 musicians including Umar Timurov and Faizali Hasanov, national singers of Tajikistan, and the local Badakhshani Ensemble headed by Sohiba Davlatova will perform in the open-air area near the Teacher’s Training College in the village of Bashor, Afghanistan.  Afghan performers will join Navrouz celebrations in Khorog and perform their traditional program in an open-air area in the Shosh-Khorog neighborhood.

Despite a common linguistic and cultural heritage between inhabitants of the Tajikistan and Afghanistan, social and economic connections between them have been minimal for the past seventy years.  The Cross-Border Concert is an experience and culture sharing initiative intended to foster regional cooperation. Better understanding amongst the peoples of neighboring countries is seen as a cornerstone of future stability throughout Central Asia.  Cultural relations are regarded as a way of building confidence and trust that can in turn lead to wider cross-border cooperation on alleviating poverty and promoting economic growth.

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of private, non-denominational development agencies working to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East.  The Network’s nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion.  The AKDN’s underlying ethic is compassion for the vulnerable in society. Its annual budget for philanthropic activity is in excess of US$ 300 million.

Mar 10,2008

Coastweek – – Members of His Highness Prince Aga Khan
Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Mombasa paid a courtesy
call on His Worship the Mayor, Ahmed Abubakar Mohdhar,
on Monday 10th March 2008. Seen standing [from left] is
Hafiz Mangalji, Rafik Jivraj, Zubeida Dadani, Karim Dawood,
Sahenila Kurji, Zaher Bhanji, His Worship the Mayor. Seated
is President of the Aga Khan Council, Mombasa Narmin Somji.


Coastweek – – H.H. Aga Khan Shia Ismaili Council of Mombasa has been asked by Municipal Council of Mombasa to help in employing graduates from teaching institutions in the town and other areas of Coast.

The appeal was made by the Municipal’s Education Officer (MEO), Mr. Francis Tsuma who said employing of extra teachers would help ease the burden of understaffing in several schools especially in Kongowea, Freretown, Concordia and Maweni areas.

“Employment of more teachers will help the council address the students to teacher’s ratio per class,” said Mr. Tsuma who added that some schools had up to 160 students per class, a number too high for a teacher to handle.

Fifty students are required per class.

Mr. Tsuma was speaking at the Mayor’s parlour during a courtesy call on Mombasa Mayor, Councillor Ahmed Mohdhar by the Aga Khan Shia Ismaili Council members.

The MEO lauded the Ismaili community for their effort of upgrading education standards in Mombasa through efforts to start an early grade reading project.

The project, which is earmarked, to start within the next three months is meant to sensitize teachers to lay strong foundations on reading and number work on nursery school students.

Members of the Aga Khan Council promised to keep up their beautification efforts of the town and if permitted undertake the lighting of the Jomo Kenyatta Avenue in Mombasa as a joint venture with the Municipal Council.

The Aga Khan Council’s President, Ms. Narmin Somji requested the council to speed up efforts of bringing down campaign posters as “they brought back sad memories and were an eyesore in their torn status,” she said.

Coastweek – – Mombasa Mayor Ahmed Abubakar
Mohdhar is seen with Aga Khan Council Mombasa
President Narmin Somji when Members of His High-
ness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for
Mombasa paid the Mayor a mid-week courtesy call.

Ms. Somji also informed His Worship that His Highness the Aga Khan’s Golden Jubilee has been extended to December 2008 and was looking forward to maximum support from the Municipal Council.

As a concerned resident, the community’s Honorary Secretary Zaher Bhanji, noted the disfunctioning of traffic lights at the Kengeleni junction to which the Deputy Mayor, Cllr. John Mcharo promised to look into personally.

Mayor Mohdhar promised to cooperate with the Ismaili community in making Mombasa one of the best towns in the country.

“It is the duty of all of us to work together and make Mombasa a clean city,” he said.

Other members of the Aga Khan Council present were Mrs. Sahenila Kurji, Mr. Karim Dawood, Mr. Rafiq Jivraj, Mr. Hafiz Mangalji and Mrs. Zubeda Dadani.