Speaking to reporters on yesterday in Dar es Salaam the coordinator of the anniversary Karim Kanji said that the commemoration would go together with launching of a number of new projects to alleviate poverty, increase access to finance for education, health and housing.
“The Jubilee is an opportunity for the Ismaili community to provide hope of future for the marginalized population by strengthening development initiatives that will increase opportunities for them,” Kanji said.
He said that the diamond jubilee will also provide occasion to improve understanding of Islam and Muslim civilization and foster collaboration between different people and faith communities around the world.
“Over the last 60 years, His Highness has guided the Shia Ismaili community, the Muslim Ummah and the societies within which they live towards addressing key challenges relating to human development. He had enabled successful collaborative endeavours among Muslims, across different faiths and between developed and developing countries,” he said.
He said that, the Shia Ismaili Muslim community sees the jubilee as an opportunity to provide hope for the future populations that may be marginalised or vulnerable. By strengthening development initiatives that will help people live better and improve opportunities for their families.
For his part, The director of Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development, East Africa (AKU-IED, EA) Prof Joe Lugalla said that the attendance of Prime Minister is a testament to the longstanding relationship that the Ismaili community and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) foster with Tanzanians and demonstrates a mutual commitment towards national development.
“For example the Aga Khan Foundation’s endeavours to increase income opportunities for over 100,000 smallholder farmers and over 9,200 community-based savings in southern Tanzania. Additionally, the Aga Khan Health Services has the country’s top state of art hospital as well as five medical centres and eight outreach centres across the country that had provided increased access to health for communities in rural and urban areas,” he said.
Prof Lugalla added that AKU through the graduates Scholl of Nursing and Midwifery and the Institution of Educational Development, has awarded over 250 Master’s Degrees and educated over 3, 000 trainers in Tanzania.