Al Qalam Correspondent
Forty seven high-achieving grade 10 and 11 learners from various Muslim schools in KZN graduated from the Bright Sparks Forum (BSF) project last Saturday – an initiative of Durban-based Islamic Propagation Centre International and Iqraa Trust to create future leaders of the Ummah.
This was the fifth year of its implementation, offered at no cost to the schools or the participants.
This year, the organisers teamed up with Adv. Mahomed Vahed’s Young Leaders Academy and the learners were exposed to many successful professionals who not only motivated them but also advised them on various career options.
Some of the guests included Farouk Bayat (The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Happiness Quotient & the Chaos Theory), Adv. Yusuf Ismail (Science & Islam), Pride Mariam Ngcobo (Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics as a Career & “My journey to Islam”), Anwar Ballim (Ethics & Dawah), Hanna Zuma-Mdala (Cultivating A Success Mindset), Dr Ahmed Manjra (Civic Responsibility), Moulana Muhammad Vanker (Importance of Good Character), Nonhlanhla Joye (Self-Development & Social Entrepreneurship), Adv. Mahomed Salim Khan SC (Adding Value to Others) and Dr Yusuf Osman.
It was hoped that the inspirational six month programme would help “develop a pipeline of young leaders in the Ummah.”
Whilst invitations were sent to many schools, those that participated were: Verulam Islamic School, Phoenix Muslim School, Masakhane Girls Secondary, Crescent Girls,
Orient Islamic School, Estcourt Islamic, Ihsaan Girls College, Zakariya Muslim School, and Nizamia Islamic School.
The learners were exposed to the latest material on soft skills and leadership by Adv. Vahed, who utilised the internationally acclaimed Habitudes Leadership Programme.
The intention is for this group of learners to continue into their second year of the programme next year, with a new intake annually.
Schools interested in participating in future BSF programmes should contact Mahomed Khan or Iqbal Essop of IPCI on 031 306 0026 or email@example.com.