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Aga Khan meets with Wynne in Toronto 2015-05-25

Monday, 2015, May 25
Toronto Sun
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By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

TORONTO - The Ontario government has signed an historic Agreement of Cooperation with the Aga Khan.

The spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims met with Premier Kathleen Wynne during a visit to Queen’s Park Monday. Wynne later joined him for the inauguration of the Aga Khan Park located on Wynford Dr. in Toronto.

Wynne said they agreed to collaborate on mutually-beneficial education initiatives.

“This includes exploring a full range of curriculum-linked resources that promote diversity, tolerance and understanding,” the premier said.

Some Ontario teachers will have the opportunity to be seconded to the Aga Khan Academies and graduates of the Aga Khan Academies may be able to attend Ontario’s post-secondary institutions, Wynne said.

“We’ll provide tuition waivers to 30 Academies’ graduates over the next three years while the Academies will provide support to these students for living and other expenses,” she said. “So that kind of partnership and exchange of expertise is very important to us, it’s important to the Ismaili community, but it’s also important to the global understanding of pluralism.”

In a statement, the Aga Khan welcomed the agreement.

“Today’s events reaffirm the Ismaili Imamat’s commitment to Canada and Ontario and to promoting and fostering the values of pluralism and diversity throughout the world,” he said.

Ontario has provided $100,000 to the Aga Khan Museum through its Cultural Attractions Fund for its inaugural season programming, the government said.


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