Multicultural classrooms: An opportunity not a problem — Qantara / Deutsche Welle de article by Anke Martina Witt

Read article in Deutsch: Multi-Kulti im Klassenzimmer: Problem oder Chance? ***** It is increasingly the case that students from different nations, cultures and religions sit together in the same classroom. Experts at the University of Hildesheim in Germany are considering how teachers worldwide can better prepare themselves for this kind of diversity. Anke Martina Witt…

Illuminating the Roof of the World: Tajikistan Exports Hydroelectricity to Afghan-Badakhshan — Aga Khan Development Network

Khorog, Tajikistan, 2 May 2013 – A newly-constructed power transmission line bringing electricity from Tajikistan to Afghanistan was inaugurated today. The PamirEnergy Company, a project company of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) –  the operator of the hydroelectric power plant – has now begun exporting surplus energy from the cross-border regions of…

~Looking Back~ When East meets West through music — Article by Mehra Rimer on Rumi Ensemble performed on the Swiss banks of the Rhone – CGNews

Geneva – At a time when Switzerland’s ban on constructing minarets is making headlines, the musicians of the Rumi Ensemble are showing that cultures can converge into something beautiful. On Thursday, 8 October, a decommissioned hydroelectric plant on the Swiss banks of the Rhone, now converted into a cultural complex, hosted 12 Iranian and Scandinavian…

Norwegian army allows religious headgear – The Local Norway

The Norwegian defence ministry has given the all-clear for uniformed soldiers to wear religious headgear such as turbans, hijabs and kippahs. In neighbouring Sweden, police and passport officers like Masooma Yaqub have had the right to wear a hijab with their uniform since 2006 (Photo: Fredrik Sanderg/Scanpix). With little fanfare, the armed forces relaxed the…

29-year-old Muslim woman named culture minister of Norway – Ahram org

The first ever Muslim minister in the Norwegian Cabinet is Hadia Tajik of Pakistani origin, who was handed the culture portfolio Minister of Culture of Norway, Hadia Tajik (Photo: Ahram) On Sunday, with no precedent in Norwegian history, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg appointed Hadia Tajik, a 29-year-old Muslim woman, as minister of culture, making Tajik…

Women in Hunza can! – by Norway Org the project partner of Aga Khan Foundation

 Last updated: 02/07/2012 // Young women in Karimabad, in the Hunza valley have proved that they can work in male dominated fields and become accepted in the society. Norway has since 2008 sponsored a project which aims at giving poor young women the opportunity to self-sustainability through income in non-traditional sectors. More than 100 young …