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Aga Khan Academy Maputo hosts its first-ever TEDxYouth event

12 February 2024

On 10 February 2024, the Aga Khan Academy Maputo held its first-ever TEDxYouth event under the theme of “Kintsugi”, a Japanese art form of using gold to put broken pottery pieces back together.

TEDx is a local event in which talks and performances from members of the community are put together around a central theme, sparking deep discussions and creating connections. Following in the footsteps of its sister Academies in Mombasa, Kenya and Hyderabad, India, the Academy in Maputo hosted this first-of-its-kind event, which was student-led and supported by staff and faculty members.

To prepare for the event, the students put together a committee which was led by Diploma Programme (DP) 1 students Ziya Minsaria and Anmol Karani. The committee spent months selecting the speakers, working with representatives from TED to ensure the event met their guidelines, securing sponsors and much more.

“We had a core team consisting of 12 members who helped us out with logistics, marketing, technical, curator and design,” Anmol said. “Although planning this event was difficult, we gained experience in handling difficulties and overcoming obstacles.”

The event took place in the Senior School library and featured: DP1 student Marie-Claude Simbine, who presented “The Beauty of Impermanence: Memory Preservation”; DP1 student Alnoor Budhwani, whose talk was entitled “This time for Africa”; DP1 student Paloma Cardoso, who presented “Finding things that pick you up, instead of tearing you down”; and Adnito Júnior, a student from the Maputo International School, who showcased a talk entitled “How orphans bring our communities together”. 

“I was excited to share my point of view on how it relates to kintsugi,” Alnoor said. “I believe this was a good opportunity for people to exchange their thoughts and learn more from each other.”

The Aga Khan Academy Maputo is looking forward to future TEDxYouth events, so more people from the community can come together to share their perspectives.

“In the end, the event proved to be a great success because everyone had a great time, including us, considering it was the first TEDx event to be held at the Academy,” Anmol said.

To watch the presentations and learn more about the speakers, visit the website here.