Lahore, the City of Gardens, often has the world’s most polluted air. Local artist Irfan Dahri is raising awareness through his art.
Low snowfall and receding glaciers threaten livelihoods in the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and Zanskar in Ladakh. Meet the scientists and activists working for local solutions. Narrated by Dia Mirza.
Explore the art and the science behind the Aga Khan Museum exhibition Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads with this illuminating talk featuring the University of Toronto’s Dr. Alexandra Gillespie.
Meet the young activists demanding higher environmental standards in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - where air pollution is among the highest in the world.
Follow a Karachi architect on a mission to save the mangrove forest ecosystem on Bundle Island, an oasis of life and nature protection in the Indus delta off the coast of Pakistan’s megacity.
In June 2015, Karachi suffered the deadly ‘Heat Island Effect.’ Hot air was trapped over the sprawling city and temperatures soared to 47 celsius. Hundreds died from heatstroke. #Climate scientists say such #disasters will increase by 75% in the coming decade. Poor urban planning, shoddy construction materials, and water scarcity will exacerbate the problem as will poor canalization and waste management. Meet families that have to survive heat and floods and those working for a solution in this megacity.
The Indus River, Pakistan’s lifeline, has been crippled by dams and pollution. Yet another major threat looms: what will happen if already melting glaciers that provide up to 80% of the river’s water shrink further?
This 28-minute documentary film introduces audiences to the transformative world of the #AgaKhan Foundation-led #Schools2030 programme and its mission to help give teachers and #school communities the tools they need to become education innovators. “Schools should be the centre of social change, not the target of change," says Dr. Andrew Cunningham, the Global Lead for Education at the #AgaKhanFoundation.
Health outcomes are defined by many factors. Amongst them, biological considerations have an obvious impact, but it is also imperative to understand gender-sensitive analyses of socioeconomic, political, and environmental concerns. In addition, evidence shows that roles and relationships based on male and female status, #gender identification, values, and behaviours all influence the health outcomes of individuals and societies.​ On November 25, 2020, the #AgaKhan University (@Aga Khan University) hosted a webinar to explore these topics, bringing together female leaders who talked about their work, its impact on global health, and its relationship to driving gender equity.​ Today, #AKDN is releasing the webinar on its channels to help commemorate the #InternationalDayofWomenandGirlsinScience. For more about the International Day of Women and Girls in Science: For more about the Aga Khan University:
How are climate change and natural disasters affecting northern Pakistan? What’s the impact on the health and mental well-being of mountain communities?
How are Kyrgyz herders coping with the impacts of climate change on their high mountain pastures? Can they preserve their traditional lifestyle and the Kyrgyz horse?
As temperatures increase, glaciers on some of the highest mountain ranges of the world are melting rapidly. Can communities in the Pamirs of Tajikistan survive these climate changes?
This episode features the impact of climate change and drought on the endangered Himalayan brown bears and golden marmots found in the Deosai National Park in Gilgit-Baltistan, the impact on local communities in the buffer zone, human-wildlife conflict, and eco-tourism.
The final episode in our three-part docu-series grapples with the question of how to carry on and preserve a centuries-old oral and musical tradition. We meet Lakha Khan’s son, Dane, who not long ago was driving a truck and showed little interest in following in his father’s footsteps. Now, Dane has joined forces with his father and an inspiring collection of artists, craftspeople, and other culture lovers striving to keep Rajasthani musical traditions alive.
Enter the Rajasthan home of Sindhi master musician Lakha Khan and experience him sing songs and perform instrumentals that speak to the worldly and sacred nature of his music. Fluent in five languages, he sings in Seraiki, Sindhi, Marwari, Punjabi, and Hindi.
The 2021 Global Ismaili Youth Model United Nations(IYMUN) conference focused on Urban & Rural Development challenges faced by the world. This year's virtual conference connected Ismaili youth aged 12-18 years from around the globe and enabled participants to debate global issues, form resolutions, and develop skills in conflict resolution and the promotion of international cooperation. This experience overarchingly allowed participants to develop a deeper understanding of current world issues as well as their role in combating these issues as global citizens.
The Global Ismaili Youth Model United Nations(IYMUN) is a Model UN(MUN) Conference for Ismaili youth aged 12-18 years. This year's virtual conference connects Ismaili youth from around the globe and enables participants to debate global issues, form resolutions, and develop skills in conflict resolution and the promotion of international cooperation. The 2021 conference focuses on Urban & Rural Development challenges facing the world.
Journey Beyond with the Aga Khan Museum’s 2021 Lapis Digital Benefit. This year’s online gala features mesmerizing performances from Mi'gmaq singer-songwriter Darlene Gijuminag, Pakistani singer Ali Sethi, Flamenco troupe Compañia Carmen Romero, and more. Hosted by journalist, teacher, and advocate Abdul-Rehman Malik.
Ankur and Ashutosh, long-time friends and founders of Amarrass Records, set out on a desert odyssey to film and record a dying culture of traditional Indian music. Driving through the remote villages of Rajasthan in northwest India, they meet master musicians including Lakha Khan, a passionate and energetic Sindhi sarangi maestro who is concerned that the next generation will not carry on the tradition.
The Global STEM Festival (GSF) is an opportunity for 5-18 year olds to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) virtually.
Following on last year's successful programme, this year the GSF looks at "creating real life solutions for real life problems". This will be achieved by focusing on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and how they apply to our everyday life as well as on global capacity. The festival this year looks to equip participants with STEM skills to understand these problems, find sustainable solutions and consider their applications in real life. This will allow for exploration of the natural and created world around us, and further develop important skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, research and analytical skills.
The Festival is not a competition, but an opportunity to see the talent of the youth and young adults from around the world, and learn from one another.

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