Islamic Relief has been working diligently in the education sector and sees this as the greatest tool towards empowering underprivileged people and communities in South Africa. Our aim is to empower through education to those who never had the opportunity to seek knowledge and more so towards creating opportunities for those from difficult circumstances.
Our education sector gives hope to those who dare to dream and ease their path towards success. We facilitate and implement programmes that create opportunities towards the empowerment of our communities and future leaders.
“Education is one of the most powerful tools to change the world” Nelson Mandela
Islamic Relief has a long-lasting relationship with The Leadership college (TLC) who offers free quality education too all its students with the aim of empowering previously disadvantaged communities to have an opportunity to succeed in life.
Islamic Relief SA has once again signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Leadership College to fund the EDUCATE A LEADER project for 2022.
An-Nur Project ANP
An-Nur is an educational institute, which strives to create inclusivity through team building programs. The vision is to have well educated competent and dynamic youth leaders from within the less fortunate communities, who are able to serve as role models to other youth as well as addressing the socio-economic challenges within their own communities.
The learners are from various underprivileged areas in South Africa. Some of these students are orphans, while others are raised by a single parent and/or from dysfunctional homes.
An-Nur Educational Center provides these children with a safe environment to grow in, while providing quality education. Islamic Relief South Africa in collaboration with the Supreme Scholar supports these children via the An-Nur project, which assists the youth and aims to develop them through holistic education, training, and capacity building programs. These programs will strengthen and fortify them with the necessary skills and aptitude to be dynamic leaders through empowering, educating, uplifting them with skills to succeed in life. Their progress will directly influence how they view themselves, their families, communities and the broader society.
Islamic Relief SA in partnership with Supreme Scholar has been funding this An-Nur project since 2020 while overseeing the implementation of the ANP project in Cape Town, South Africa.
An-Nur educational center creates opportunities for its students to experience the environments and the historical backgrounds of South Africa by taking them on regular excursions. These excursions all have meaning to it and focuses on different aims for these days.
The orientation event
An-Nur Education Centre held its orientation event for new students at the Greenpoint Park in Cape Town. The aim was to create an environment of freedom while experiencing the beautiful scenery in the park. Students had the opportunity to meet their new classmates and through this, starting their journey in a healthy happy way.
Students partaking in activities at Green Point Park
The Beach event
The main aim of the beach event was to get students out for the day to relax, have fun and enjoy themselves on the beach and in the ocean. The intention behind this excursion was to distract students from the normal routines and create a fun, exciting day filled with enjoyment while relaxing and unwinding themselves. The students enjoyed themselves and created memories that will last a lifetime.
Educational Trip to the Museum
The aim of the Museum visit was to educate the students on the historical moments in South African history. Students also had time away from their normal day-to-day studies, learning about the cultures and traditions in South Africa
The tour through the Slave Lodge museum provided an insight into the history of slave trade in South Africa.
The trip was intended to inspire a sense of activism, promote youth involvement into the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery to which most refugees are susceptible
The children received a career guidance talk and motivation from various professionals.
At the Slave Lodge museum students learnt about the history of Slave Trade in South Africa
IT training graduation
At the Cyber Minds Institute in Parow, the ten refugees and asylum seekers received their certificates and graduated.
Graduates of the program receiving their certificates.Through facilitating access to rights, knowledge about health, education, work, and social inclusion, IT training has a tremendous impact on refugees’ life. In the end, this promotes independence for refugees and asylum seekers.
Migrant community workshop and engagement with public health officials
To provide a better understanding of the services available from the health sector and an exchange of information on how to address challenges experienced as well as to promote a cohesive relationship between migrants and the health sector.
Handover of sewing machines to refugee women
The Muslim Refugee Association of South Africa (MRASA), a refugee support group that coordinates project activities, received 20 sewing machines from IRSA in an effort to encourage self-reliance among women refugees and asylum seekers.
A site visit to the Rafah sewing studio in Retreat was made after the transfer ceremony to observe the day’s sewing training sessions.
The ultimate goal of the micro sewing project is to promote self-reliance refugees by equipping the trainees with the sewing skills, capacity and agency to be able to sustain themselves.
Education cannot wait
IRC delegation accompanied by the HoP and Program Developer visited the Ugu District DoE officials to familiarise themselves with the progress in the preparations of Rehabilitation of Thandokwethu Primary School.
Stakeholder consultation and selection of youth
Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) is currently in communication with various stakeholders to assert the extent of their involvement in the project and to create a shared or exclusive Understanding of the tasks to be accomplished throughout project implementation. IRSA is also arranging training facilities for both training programs and incubation with possible implementing partners. This is done at the same time when the project is looking for more funds. Using the current database from Innovate Durban, the selection of young people will start soon.
IRSA Bursary Program
The IRSA Bursary Program focuses on providing needy tertiary students with financial support to access their education. The program seeks to empower and equip young South Africans with opportunities that will enable them to lead sustainable lives. The recipients of the 2022 Bursary Program participated in IRSA’s inaugural virtual meeting.
The purpose of the virtual session was to welcome the holders of the rights to the IRSA family, go over all the finer details of the bursary program, and lay out the upcoming activities that would help the holders of the rights during the academic year.
Islamic Relief does not only support these individuals financially but offer support in every sense possible. There are designated members who follow up on the needs whether physical or emotional needs and sees to these students with the aim of them succeeding and empowering not only themselves but their families and the communities they will return to. The aim is to create leaders and role models for many in the areas they frequent.
Osizweni Community Centre
The Osizweni Community Development Project is a needs-based, holistic participatory project which has been running for a number of years and is implemented in partnership with key government stakeholders in the City of Johannesburg such as the Department of Education, Department of Social Development, Department of Agriculture and Department of Health. The community is able to receive support in the form of counselling services, training and awareness, support groups, nutrition through the community garden and many more activities to the empowerment of communities. The Osizweni community centre runs under different sectors and has workshops and events that focus on different needs in the South African communities.
OCDP Teachers Graduation
The Teachers at the Osizweni Community Development Centre graduated at the Professional Child Care College (PYT) LTD after the completion of the training courses to improve their skills and knowledge on teaching methods and practices. This course enables teachers to increase their skills in teaching and enhance the skills and knowledge required to ensure quality and supportive teaching while providing a safe, secured and conducive environment for learning.
Human Rights Day
Osizweni Community Care Centre hosted an event in commemoration of the National Human Rights Day. This event is one of the Community Centres themed events that are implemented to promote improve life-skills and social awareness within the community.
TB Awareness Campaign
Due to the high prevalence of chronic diseases, particularly tuberculosis, in the area, OCCC and other stakeholders sponsored an awareness campaign to educate the residents of Ennerdale and its neighboring areas. People who are TB defaulters, those receiving TB treatment, and those who share a home with TB-infected family members were all intended beneficiaries of the campaign. This helped those who were not afflicted as well, as it taught them how to prevent TB.
Back 2 School Campaign
Islamic Relief volunteers in partnership with Vrede Park Projects organised a back-to-school drive with the aim of getting basic essentials donated to those underprivileged students who are unable to afford the essential needs for school. Stationery, shoes, school bags were collected and distributed to students from difficult circumstances unable to afford school essentials.
Islamic Relief volunteers also collaborated with Al Taawun who organised a separate school drive with the aim of collecting and distributing school essentials for primary school learners who come from underprivileged families, communities, and unable to cater to their schooling essential needs.