CONNECT is an experience for Ismaili Muslim youth to come together in a virtual space. As we come together, we will explore important themes and issues relevant to what is happening in the world right now as well as for our generation with members of the Jamat from all across the world. There will be opportunities to discuss, engage and socialize with youth of different cultures and backgrounds.
An important element of the programme is to CONNECT AND LEARN. Participants will attend interactive workshops led by core faculty. Participants in CONNECT 2021 will have the option of selecting from four distinct themes. Over the seven days, participants will explore issues related to each thematic area globally and how we can be agents of change and innovation. The four thematic areas are:
- Entrepreneurship & Technology
- Health & Wellness
- Arts & Culture
- Climate Change & Environmental Action
In addition to opportunities to learn about our global Jamat and our responsibility to others, there will be virtual field trips, opportunities to virtually visit and learn about the families of other participants, interactions with and exposure to AKDN institutions, fun and exciting activities to celebrate the things that bring us all together.
During the programme, every participant will have a chance to choose one workshop to participate in for the duration of the programme. Workshops are led by educators, artists, entrepreneurs and young professionals. Participants can discover new concepts, develop skills and have an opportunity to be creative and collaborate with others.
What are the objectives of CONNECT? How will CONNECT embrace aspects of a traditional, in-person programme?
CONNECT is designed to strengthen connections between Ismaili Muslim youth from around the world. The camp in its virtual setting will mirror many of the things you would experience in an in-person camp: cabins where you can meet and interact with others, facilitators who will mentor and guide you through the CONNECT experience as well as opportunities to learn, create, collaborate, celebrate and share. Interactions will happen within small groups as well as the entire camp coming together.
There will be many opportunities to meet new people, make friendships, and learn about each other just as there are with in-person camps. The difference will be that everyone will be in their own homes participating in the camp.
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