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
SANZAF’s Bursary Programme in partnership with SAEI (Southern African Employability Institute) hosted a Career Day on 12 September 2015 as part of a community development project in attempt to give back to the community.
The purpose of the Careers Day was to assist grade 9 learners from five different high schools in Orange Farm in understanding the various careers as well as making the correct career choices by interacting with specialists and university students studying in various fields.
SANZAF’s bursary students planned for the Career Day over the last few months, and even designed pamphlets that were handed out to the grade 9 learners. The pamphlets included information such as what subjects are needed to pursue a particular career, what traits are needed and what the career entails.
In addition, the grade 9 learners were given an opportunity to interact with professionals/specialists and/or university students within that sector to access more information about the career.
The day also served to address the challenges school learners experience, many of whom normally only receive career guidance at matric level and suddenly realise that their choice of subjects does not allow them to pursue their chosen career.
By educating grade 9 learners at an earlier stage i.e. before they make their subject choices, we hope that these learners will be able to make more informed career choices and not limit their access to enter their desired career field. It also allowed SANZAF Bursary students and other volunteers to share their experiences and knowledge in an attempt to contribute to community and educational challenges amongst school learners.
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Sanzaf Port Elizabeth hosted a youth workshop for female students on Women’s Day (9 August) at the St. Thomas Auditorium.
SANZAF partnered with the SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA), National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and Counselling Psychologist Basheera Isaacs to educate the young women about various topics including:
The aim of the workshop was to afford young women the opportunity to interact with women who have made a major contribution to society.
It was also a networking opportunity for those who have achieved much or have climbed the proverbial ladder of success in a particular community or broader society in their own right. The opportunity enables local young women an opportunity to broaden their outlook on life and encouraged them to aim for more and to achieve more.
The guest speakers who delivered motivational and inspirational talks to the young women included: Nadia Naledi Pandor (Minister of Science and Technology), Jasmine Khan (author and journalist), Zureena Goolam (SANCA), Camilla Watkins (NYDA) and Isaacs.
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.