Aliya Thawer is the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Coordinator in the Department of Curriculum Studies. She is responsible for developing the early childhood curriculum and associated training programmes for ECD practitioners, parents and care providers.
Aliya has a B.A. in Early Childhood Leadership from George Brown College, Toronto, and is a registered member of the College of Early Childhood Educators. She has been engaged in the early years sector in a variety of capacities. Her previous role was as a Programme Coordinator with Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services in Ontario, where she worked with newcomer families and their children. She has also worked with the Children’s Circle of St. Barnabas in Toronto, as well as with other non-profit child care centres, where she has acquired extensive experience in designing and implementing curricula for the infant, toddler and preschool age groups. Aliya’s additional contributions include the development of curricular guides and training modules for a range of institutions, including the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, the Bal Anand Orphanage in Mumbai, and Woodside Special Care Centre in Cape Town.
In the Ismaili community context, Aliya has been involved with ITREB Ontario, since 2012, in designing the Pre-Primary Curriculum, facilitating training and parent engagement sessions, mentoring new practitioners, acting as the coordinator and curriculum developer of the Storytelling Programme, and contributing as a Ta‘lim primary teacher at Religious Education Centres.