Dhaka, Bangladesh
AKDN commemorates Diamond Jubilee of Aga Khan

AKDN commemorates Diamond Jubilee of Aga Khan

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) hosted a special event to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Aga Khan, a 60-year period during which the Aga Khan has dedicated efforts to improving the quality of life in Bangladesh and around the world, said a press release. AKDN has worked for over six decades in Bangladesh across a broad spectrum of activities and programmes ranging from the promotion of the jute sector to early childhood development, primary and pre-tertiary education, and financial services. Building upon various bi-lateral agreements, the AKDN in Bangladesh is actively engaged with the government and a variety of development partners to help bring social and economic progress for all the people of Bangladesh. The event was attended by over 300 guests including, the chief guest, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP. In his speech Minister Mahmood said, "The Aga Khan's work is underpinned by an emphasis on Islam as a spiritual faith which cherishes the role of the intellect, teaches compassion and tolerance, and upholds the dignity of humankind". AKDN's Resident Representative to Bangladesh, Munir M. Merali, welcomed guests and remarked that "the Jubilees serve as important milestones for His Highness and members of his community, to recognise the friendship and longstanding support of leaders of state, governments, and other partners in the work of the Imamat, and to lay the foundation for future initiatives which are guided by the social ethic of concern for those most vulnerable in society". At the event, staff of the AKDN and affiliate agencies including the Aga Khan Foundation, the Aga Khan Education Services, and IPDC Finance Limited were present to discuss their current programmatic activities in the country. Also present were the staff of the Aga Khan Academies, a network of residential schools offering girls and boys an international standard of education from pre-primary to secondary levels with a rigorous academic and leadership experience, regardless of their family's ability to pay. Each Academy is established as a Professional Development Centre which aims at strengthening the profession of teaching in the region by providing substantial professional learning opportunities and modelling highly effective educational practice. An Academy will open in Dhaka in the coming years. To raise awareness of some of the AKDN's global initiatives, a documentary on the Aga Khan Trust for Culture's work on the restoration of the Humayun's Tomb in Delhi, India was presented in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Indian High Commission. Before the screening, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, remarked on the good cooperation between the AKDN and the Government of India in implementing numerous culture related projects, as well as other socio-economic development projects in India. Today, AKDN agencies are present in some thirty countries across South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. Their combined mandate is to create enabling environments that allow individuals and societies to achieve a standard of self-reliance while bettering the overall quality of life.

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