Religious education teachers find inspiration in IIS Secondary Teacher Education Programme — by Shahira Karmali-Kassam on The Ismaili
The Secondary Teacher Education Programme at the IIS equips aspiring educators with a double-Masters degree with a dual focus on teaching and Muslim societies and civilisations. Courtesy of the IIS
A teacher in the UK engaging young Ismailis in the literature, ethics and history of Muslim civilisations. IIS
STEP trains teachers to deliver a religious education curriculum to Ismaili students aged 11–16 years in Jamats around the world. Courtesy of the IIS
6 October 2014Each autumn, Ismaili religious education teachers arrive in the classroom well prepared. Each secondary teacher has earned a double Masters degree upon completion of the IIS Secondary Teacher Education Programme. Two teachers reflect on how the programme helped to form their teaching careers.
The arrival of autumn is synonymous with a return to school in many countries, and for young Ismaili Muslims it also marks the start of a new academic year in their religious education. For the next ten months, students will look to their teachers to inspire and guide them through a rich curriculum, prepared by The Institute of Ismaili Studies, that explores literature, ethics and the history and contributions of Muslim civilisations to humanity at large.
The teachers arrive in the classroom well prepared. Each secondary teacher has earned a Master of Arts in Education (Muslim Societies and Civilisations) and a Master of Teaching degree, which they obtained upon completion of the IIS Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP).
STEP trains teachers to deliver a religious education curriculum to Ismaili students aged 11–16 years in Jamats around the world. The programme is a collaboration between the University of London’s Institute of Education and The Institute of Ismaili Studies to develop teachers and mentors who can inspire and teach future generations of Ismaili Muslims.
Prospective graduates considering to apply to STEP may wonder: What makes STEP unique from other programmes and how will it shape my career? What types of skills will I acquire? How might the programme help to enhance my teaching practice?
In response to such queries, two STEP teachers reflect on how the programme helped to form their teaching careers.
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Kids Behind Bars: Israel’s Arbitrary Arrests of Palestinian Minors — Spiegel de article by Julia Amalia Heyer
Mahmood at his home in Ya’abad, Jonas Opperskalski / DER SPIEGEL
Last year, approximately one thousand Palestinian children were arrested by, often for no reason. Advocates point to systemic abuse, including beatings and forced confessions, but the Israeli military remains steadfast.
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Video: Israeli Military Torturing Palestinian Children ~viewer discretion~
Published on 15 Feb 2014
The Israeli military is facing a backlash at home and abroad for its treatment of children in the West Bank, occupied territory.
Coming up, a joint investigation by Four Corners and an Australian newspaper reveals evidence that shows the army is targeting Palestinian boys for arrest and detention. Reporter John Lyons travels to the West Bank to hear the story of children who claim they have been taken into custody, ruthlessly questioned and then allegedly forced to sign confessions before being taken to court for sentencing.
He meets Australian lawyer Gerard Horton, who’s trying to help the boys who are arrested, and talks to senior Israeli officials to examine what’s driving the army’s strategy.
Grand Challenges Canada catalyzes partnership for ‘Saving Brains’ — Aga Khan Foundation Canada is now new partner
New partners join as funding is announced for 11 novel projects to save brains of children in developing countries
Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today welcomed three new partners to the Saving Brains Grand Challenge: Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Norlien Foundation and World Vision Canada. These organizations strengthen the existing partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation.
The news coincides with an announcement of more than $2.9 million in funding for 11 new bold ideas aimed at improving the early brain development of infants and children in low-resource countries. Three innovators from Canada and eight innovators from developing countries will each receive $270,000 for projects (detailed below) to be implemented in Brazil, Ethiopia, Grenada, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan.
New partners contributing to nurture and protect early brain development
Today, as many as 200 million children fail to reach their full developmental potential. This is a devastating waste of human capital that contributes to the intergenerational transmission of poverty. Grand Challenges Canada is rallying a growing number of organizations worldwide to tackle this problem by seeking and supporting bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development relevant to poor, marginalized populations in low- or middle-income countries.
The Saving Brains partnership will help to identify and support transition to scale for sustainable approaches that show the potential to reach the highest number of children and have the most impact on each child. Ultimately, the Saving Brains partnership aims to increase human capital by transforming impoverished communities into healthy, economically productive and peaceful societies.
“Maternal, newborn and child health remains Canada’s top international development priority. Canada is committed to working with Canadian and international partners to deliver tangible results for women and children in the world’s poorest countries. By catalyzing the Saving Brains partnership and by investing in innovative projects, our government is supporting children in developing nations so they can reach their full potential and contribute to their families and communities,” said The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.
Dr. Karlee Silver, VP Targeted Challenges of Grand Challenges Canada, said: “Recognizing that the challenge of promoting early brain and child development on a global scale is too great for one partner alone to solve, this partnership connects organizations that each bring unique resources, skills, networks and expertise to bear on Saving Brains.”
Dr. Peter A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada, said: “Together – through concerted effort, focus, measurement and learning – these partners will help many children to reach their full potential and escape the cycle of poverty.”
Khalil Z. Shariff, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation of Canada (AKFC), said: “Investments in early child development are not only critical to the individual child, but to the long-term development of their community. This partnership will help multiply the benefits of these investments and underscore their priority.”
As an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), AKFC provides access to a global set of resources, expertise and programming in early child development. The AKDN’s agencies have worked for decades to identify barriers to quality early childhood programming, and are well-situated to take up Saving Brains innovations to address these challenges and amplify the impact of the AKDN’s work.
The new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is an oasis of calm and reflection — The National UAE article by David D’Arcy
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, will house more than 1,000 items. Gary Otte / Aga Khan Museum
Between wooded ravines north-east of downtown Toronto in Canada, a cone jutting upwards from beige limestone shares a seven-hectare site with a massive rectangle in elegant white granite that resembles an open box. Both structures form a bridge between the tradition and culture of the Islamic world and the present and future of Canada.
“This site and these institutions will highlight elements of Islam that are largely left out of today’s narrative – pluralism, art, music, architecture, gardens, the exploration of the human self and an innate desire to connect with others, to learn as well as to grow,” says Luis Monreal, the general manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. “Turn on the news and, wherever you are in the world, it’s not good news about the way Muslims are represented. They’re misunderstood and they’re stereotyped. Our purpose is to educate and inform, and to address this clash of ignorance.”
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Nutritional Sciences Research Shows Mangos May Lower Blood Sugar in Obese Adults — Oklahoma State University
A team of researchers in the College of Human Sciences have once again found that mangos are an important fruit to include in daily diets.
Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University, has experience with six mango research projects related to the health benefits the tropical fruit provides. Lucas is the lead author of a recently completed study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolic Insights that found regularconsumption of mango by obese adults significantly lowered blood sugar levels and did not negatively impact body weight. These are important findings considering that approximately 34 percent of U.S. adults have been classified as obese and given the health concerns related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and metabolic syndrome.
“We are excited about these promising findings for mangos, which contain many bioactive compounds, including mangiferin, an antioxidant that may contribute to the beneficial effects of mango on blood glucose. In addition, mangos contain fiber, which can help lower glucose absorption into the blood stream,” Lucas said “Our results indicate that daily consumption of 10 grams of freeze-dried mango which is equivalent to about one-half of a fresh mango (about 100 grams) may help lower blood sugar in obese individuals.”
A nutrient rich fruit, mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, supporting optimal function of processes throughout the body. Mangos are an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamins C and A as well as folate. They are also a good source of fiber, copper, and vitamin B6.
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Video Abstract: “Mango Supplementation Improves Blood Glucose in Obese Individuals”
Published on 31 Aug 2014
In this video abstract, the authors discuss their article “Mango Supplementation Improves Blood Glucose in Obese Individuals”, recently published in Nutrition and Metabolism Insights. This is an open access article. To view and download the article PDF visit this page: http://www.la-press.com/article.php?a…
Video: What the Western World Can Learn from the Prophet Muhammad — Haroon Moghul at TEDxColumbiaCollege
Published on 17 May 2013
Haroon Moghul is a Fellow in the National Security Studies Program at New America Foundation. He’s also a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, where he focuses on Islamic thought in colonial India. Haroon is the Fellow in Muslim Politics and Societies at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law and is on the Board of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Mr. Moghul is an Associate Editor and columnist at Religion Dispatches; his writing has also been featured on al-Jazeera and Foreign Policy. In his novel, “The Order of Light” (Penguin 2006), young Muslims light themselves on fire to protest the authoritarian reality of the Middle East, an eerie forecasting of recent events. Haroon has appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, The History Channel, al-Jazeera, and Russia Today. He enjoys teaching, and serves as an expert guide to the Muslim heritage of Spain, Turkey, and Bosnia.
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