Aggregation of News Stories and Photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Family from the First Quarter of 2020: Princess Zahra Aga Khan in the UK; Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa in Kenya and Tanzania; and Flashback to Mombasa Visit Photos from 2014

[This piece is an aggregation of stories and photographs pertaining to members of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family from the first three months of 2020 that Barakah was unable to cover due to the editor’s “nomadic wanderings” during the period.]

Prepared and compiled by MALIK MERCHANT
(Publisher/Editor Barakah, Simerg and Simergphotos)

I. FEBRUARY 25-26, 2020, CAMBRIDGE AND LONDON, UK

Princess Zahra Aga Khan Attends Ceremonies Involving Partnerships Between University of Central Asia and University of Cambridge and Cambridge Trust 

On February 25, 2020, the University of Central Asia (UCA) and the University of Cambridge signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote academic partnership, and collaborate in areas such as joint research, faculty and student exchange, as well as sharing of academic and educational material.

MOU Cambridge University and University of Central Asia, Barakah
At the signing of the MOU at Cambridge’s Old Schools Building are (L to R): Mr. Naguib Kheraj (UCA Trustee), Princess Zahra Aga Khan (UCA Trustee), Prof. Stephen Toope (VC, University of Cambridge), Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha (Chairman, Board of Trustees, UCA), and Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi (Rector, UCA). Photo: AKDN / James Davidson.

The signing ceremony, at Cambridge’s Old Schools Building, was attended by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Members of UCA’s Board of Trustees, the Rector and Deans of UCA, and senior representatives from Cambridge. The MOU builds on the University of Cambridge’s centuries-old commitment to academic excellence and on the ongoing relationship with the University of Central Asia. The partnership between the two institutions is expected to benefit scholars in the form of opportunities for joint research in areas of importance to Central Asia and globally through the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

Cambridge University and University of Central Asia, Barakah
Extending UCA/Cambridge Trust partnership agreement at the Aga Khan Centre in London from (L to R): Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi (Rector, UCA), Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Stephen Toope, Princess Zahra Aga Khan (UCA Trustee), Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha (Chairman, Board of Trustees, UCA) and Mr. Naguib Kheraj (UCA Trustee). AKDN / Anya Campbell

On February 26, 2020, the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust (Cambridge Trust), and the UCA, extended their partnership agreement to develop faculty across Central Asia for a further three years. The signing ceremony took place at the Aga Khan Centre in London in the presence of Princess Zahra Aga Khan and the Chairman and Trustees of UCA and was attended by over 150 guests. The agreement builds on an earlier collaboration signed in 2017, and will enable outstanding students from UCA, and the surrounding regions of Central Asia, to gain a Masters or PhD degree at the University of Cambridge.

For AKDN press releases of the above two ceremonies, please click February 25, 2020 UCA/Cambridge University MOU and February 26, 2020 UCA/Cambridge Trust Partnership Extension.

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II. MARCH 2020, KENYA AND TANZANIA

Prince Rahim Aga Khan Makes a 6 Day Visit to Kenya and Tanzania, Accompanied by Princess Salwa

Rahim Aga Khan and Salway Aga Khan at Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa
Students from Year 4 at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa present their projects focusing on finding solutions to environmental challenges to Prince Rahim Aga Khan. The Prince and Princess Salwa visited the Academy on March 4, 2020, where they heard about the school’s initiatives to integrate knowledge on the environment and climate into the curriculum as well as about student projects focusing on finding solutions to the challenge of environmental degradation and climate change. Photo: AKDN / Rahim Kara.

During the beginning of March 2020, Prince Rahim, accompanied by his wife, Princess Salwa, visited a number of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) institutions and projects in Kenya and Tanzania to learn more about what each is doing to mitigate environmental degradation through specific interventions such as adopting renewable energy, harvesting rainwater, recycling waste, and planting trees. Prince Rahim’s visit took place in his capacity as Chair of the AKDN Environment and Climate Committee, which was recently established to develop a policy framework on priorities related to the environment and climate change for implementation by AKDN globally. The captions are descriptive enough to provide the essence of the important visit by Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa.

Princess Salwa Aga Khan with students at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa
Princess Salwa Aga Khan enjoys a light moment with students of Year 5 at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa. During her visit to the Academy on March 4, 2020, the Princess and Prince Rahim met with administrators, faculty and students, where they heard about the school’s initiatives to integrate knowledge on the environment and climate into the curriculum as well as about student projects focusing on finding solutions to the challenge of environmental degradation and climate change. Photo: AKDN.
Rahim and Salwa Aga Khan at Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa
Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa Aga Khan, accompanied by the Head of the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, Ms. Alison Hampshire, wave goodbye to students and parents after their visit to the Academy on March 4, 2020 where they heard about the school’s initiatives to integrate knowledge on the environment and climate into the curriculum as well as about student projects focusing on finding solutions to the challenge of environmental degradation and climate change. Photo: AKDN / Rahim Kara.
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan at Town Jamatkhana Nairobi in March 2020.
Prince Rahim Aga Khan accompanied by Princess Salwa is seen on March 9, 2020, chairing a roundtable with AKDN agencies and key external stakeholders and partners in the environmental field to discuss progress and the potential for enhanced partnerships and joint action. The roundtable, which was held at the historic Town Jamatkhana (Khoja Mosque), was attended by members of the AKDN Environment and Climate Committee: Princess Salwa, Dr Paul Dhalla and Mr Lutaf Kassam. Also in attendance were the Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Kenya, Dr. Azim Lakhani and other senior leadership from AKDN agencies in Kenya. Representatives from various other organisations also participated, including the United Nations Environment Programme, The Nature Conservancy, the Trillion Trees initiative and Global Wildlife Conservation. Photo: AKDN / Rahim Kara.
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan attending an exhibition at Town Jamatkhana Nairobi
Dr Azim Lakhani, Diplomatic Representative of the AKDN in Kenya presents an exhibition ‘AKDN in Africa’, depicting 100 years of AKDN’s contribution to Africa’s development, to Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa during their visit to Kenya in March 2020. The exhibition was launched at the Nation Media Group’s 60th Anniversary initiative, the Kusi Ideas Festival in December 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. It is currently installed at the historic Town Jamatkhana in Nairobi, Kenya for viewing by local audiences. Photo: AKDN / Rahim Kara.
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa visit Nation Media Group Printing Plant.
Nation Media Group’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr Clifford Machoka shows Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa newly printed copies of the Daily Nation newspaper, during their tour of the printing press in March 2020. Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa were taken through measures that the Nation media house has put into place to reduce energy consumption, improve industrial waste management and enhance safety on site. The Prince and Princess also learned about the Nation group’s tree planting, awareness raising, and community engagement activities. Photo: AKDN / Rahim Kara.
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan at IPS project in Kenya.
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa, accompanied by the Group Environmental Coordinator of Allpack Industries, Mr. Adnan Khalid, and CEO of Industrial Promotion Services, Mr. Galeb Gulam, on a tour of Allpack Industries in Kenya; the 560KW solar power unit is one of the initiatives of IPS to enhance energy efficiency at Allpack. Photo: AKDN / Rahim Kara.
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan in Nairobi Kenya
Mr Shawn Bolouki, CEO of the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) in Nairobi, Kenya uses an architectural model to describe key features of the Aga Khan University Centre, currently under construction, to Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa during their visit to Kenya in March 2020. In the background are images of a specially curated photography exhibition on the history of the hospital, launched in July 2019 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of AKUH Nairobi. Photo: AKDN / Rahim Kara.

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III. FLASHBACK 2014

Visit by Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa to the Mombasa Aga Khan Academy

Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, Kenya
The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, the first of the Aga Khan Academies, was inaugurated on December 20, 2003, in the Kizingo area of Mombasa, Kenya by Mawlana Hazar Imam in the presence of  of Kenya’s then President, His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki, and Prince Rahim Aga Khan. The design of the 18-acre campus was inspired by Swahili architecture and includes a residential facility, a sports complex, classrooms, resource areas and common areas. The Aga Khan Academies feature a curriculum based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) and a system of international student and teacher exchanges between Academies in different countries as well as with allied schools, including Phillips Academy in the United States and the Schule Schloss Salem in Germany. Photo: AKDN / Gary Otte.

Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa were married on August 31, 2013. Within 5 months of their marriage, they travelled to Kenya, where they joined in marking the opening of new facilities for the Diamond Trust Bank and Jubilee Insurance, and visited the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa. We are pleased to publish photos of their visit to the Academy.

Prince Rahaim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa Aga Khan at Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa
The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa was honoured by a visit from Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa on Friday January 17, 2014. They are seen being welcomed by the acting Principal of the Senior School, Mr. Naheed Bardai. The Prince and Princess were taken on a tour of the school grounds where they visited the Junior and Senior Schools, the residential areas and the sports facilities. They had the opportunity to visit a dual language class and a chemistry class, and to see the Senior School Students Choir perform. They also met with students and spoke with them about their experience at the Aga Khan Academy. Photo: Ejazali Karmali / The Ismaili.
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan with Central Asian Students registered at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa.
Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa with students from Tajikistan who were enrolled at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa in 2014. During the visit on January 17, they were taken on a tour of the school grounds where they visited the Junior and Senior Schools, the residential areas and the sports facilities. They also had the opportunity to visit a dual language class and a chemistry class, and to see the Senior School Students Choir perform. They met with students and spoke with them about their experience at the Aga Khan Academy. Photo: Ejazali Karmali / The Ismaili.
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa at Aga Khan Academy
The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa was honoured by a visit from Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa on Friday January 17, 2014. They were welcomed by the acting Principal of the Senior School, Mr. Naheed Bardai, and were taken on a tour of the school grounds where they visited the Junior and Senior Schools, the residential areas and the sports facilities. They had the opportunity to visit a dual language class and a chemistry class, and to see the Senior School Students Choir perform. They also met with students and spoke with them about their experience at the Aga Khan Academy. Photo: Ejazali Karmali / The Ismaili.
Princess Salwa greets student at Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa.
The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa was honoured by a visit from Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa on Friday January 17, 2014. In this photo, Princess Salwa is seen greeting a student at the Academy. The Prince and Princess also met with other students and spoke with them about their experience at the Aga Khan Academy. Photo: Ejazali Karmali / The Ismaili.
Prince Rahim greets student_2014
The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa was honoured by a visit from Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa on Friday January 17, 2014. In this photo, Prince Rahim is seen greeting a student at the Academy. The Prince and Princess also met with other students and spoke with them about their experience at the Aga Khan Academy. Photo: Ejazali Karmali / The Ismaili.

Date posted: October 3, 2020.

Before departing this website, may we suggest that you visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 225 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family.

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7 comments

  1. So nice to see Princess Salwa accompanies Prince Rahim on these trips. Always smiling and always so much enthusiasm. Thank you for these forever memories!

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  2. Good to see full captions in the posted photos. Keep it up! You will have a place in Ismaili history for preserving our history with such material. May Mawla Bapa grant you special blessings. Ameen.

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