SANZAF realises that poverty can be alleviated through a focus on knowledge and skills training. this leads to economic prosperity and quality of life for the beneficiary. The SANZAF Education Empowerment and Development (SEED) Programme is a means for SANZAF to shift its focus from basic welfare to a development and empowerment approach. SEED is a means of creating a brighterfuture, transforming the lives of children and youth. The Fund recognises that education is multi-faceted and requires a dynamic approach, from early childhood, to high school and tertiary level, as well as providing opportunities for post graduate research
The ever-popular SANZAF 5 Pillars Plus game show was presented in front of studio audiences across the country this year, with some 190 contestants from various high schools participating in the preliminary rounds. They vied for a coveted place in the breath-taking finals which were held at the iTV studios in Gauteng.
During the game show, contestants answered a series of questions pertaining to the 5 Pillars of Islam i.e. Shahaad, Salah, Saum, Zakah and Hajj as posed by the game show host. The fastest finger to the button with the correct answer scores a point and questions become increasingly difficult during the show with general knowledge questions added in for good measure. On answering the questions correctly, contestants compete for the highest score. The quiz is based on the 5 Pillars board game and the 5 Pillars fun box.
While the 5 Pillars Plus game show did not directly generate awareness of SANZAF's services, the educational value for contestants, educators and viewers was nonetheless phenomenal. In some parts of the country, Islamic schools and madaris have incorporated the 5 Pillars board game into their curriculum as the user-friendly format offers learners the opportunity to understand seemingly difficult topics in a much easier manner.
The 5Pillars Plus game show was sponsored by Broadway Sweets while the two double Umrah packages was sponsored by Al-Anwar Hajj and Umrah group. There was also consolation prizes during the knockout rounds.
The winners of the 2015 5Pillars Game show was Ms Firdause Alli of Lenasia's Al-Aqsa High Schools. In fact the grade 11 pupil entered the finals with the highest scores and finished with the overall highest score as well. The second prize was awarded to the Ms. Naeema Suleman of Durban's Orient Islamic School who attained the second highest cumulative score.
The new format of the show made it both fun as well as educational and at times nail biting, and if SANZAF is able to secure sponsors for next year they plan to take the game show to different towns, exposing many more pupils and communities.
The SANZAF Bursary Fund forms part of the SANZAF Education, Empowerment and Development (SEED) Programme, which has five tiers: Early Childhood Development, Youth and Community Development, Islamic Studies, Vocational Training and Tertiary Education. SEED is aimed at empowering and helping help those in need of financial assistance to achieve their full potential starting at nursery school level through to post-graduate studies.