I was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec where I attended McGill University completing my Bachelor of Arts degree with a double-major in world religions and political science, minoring in philosophy. After three years of undergraduate study, I worked for the Canadian government before being accepted into the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP), a fully funded scholarship offered by the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) and the Institute of Education (IoE) in London, England. After 2 years of study, I completed STEP with 2 Master degrees; MA, Education (Muslim Societies and Civilizations) and a M.Teach, graduating with Distinction in both.

After my graduate studies I was employed by the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board (ITREB), Canada as a community-based educator  in Vancouver, Canada. In 2013, I took a sabbatical to work with the Aga Khan University – Institute for Educational Development in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania through a fellowship. My work involved doing impact research on the AKU-IED’s programmes through an inquiry-based research model. Upon the completion of my assignment, in 2014 I returned to Montreal to work with the Ismaili community teaching in French. In 2015 I also worked with youth in Kinshasa, D.R. of Congo where I facilitated two episodic programs with students, teachers, and parents. More recently I worked in various parts of Madagascar delivering episodic education programs there with young students and teacher training sessions. 

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Alim Fakirani