By Al Qalam Reporter
Participants who attended the third edition of the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) complimented the Human Resources Development Programme (HRDP) for providing training of a high standard.
The week-long programme took place at the M. A. Motala Islamic Centre in Wyebank, near Durban, during October and was attended by 54 trainees from six SADC countries – with 22 of them being Ulama.
The professionalism and quality of the LDP was also praised by three senior delegates from the Dawah Academy, International Islamic University of Pakistan who handed out certificates to successful candidates.
“We deeply appreciate these sentiments and the comments in their evaluations tell us that we have put together a successful LDP to capacitate our trainees who are working for dawah organizations and at grassroots level,” said Chairperson Asif Essop.
Sh. Adam Macheso, the first deputy chairperson said: “The LDP is run over two years in parallel sessions for first and second year trainees. We have chosen short modules that we are confident will contribute to their efficiency and effectiveness in their daily lives and at the workplace. This year 20 candidates completed our internal certificate programme.”
One of the highlights of the 2018 LDP was an outreach programme. Participants visited the Ezibambeleni Old Age Home in a nearby township. They handed out walking sticks, hygiene packs and wheelchairs to the elderly. The items were provided by the Al Imdaad Foundation who also donated three much-needed water tanks that was requested by the community.
Rashid Chopdat, head of the HRDP Training Division, told Al Qalam that the trainees had requested a range of additional short courses as well as a new programme for all those who completed the two-year training since 2016. The requests will be considered at the next strategic planning session.
There have also been requests to run similar programmes in the SADC countries.
The HRDP is a united initiative by eight-member organisations. They are As-Salam Educational Institute, Inchanga Islamic Centre, Islamic Dawah Movement of Southern Africa, Islamic Propagation Centre International, Ladysmith Dawah Centre, Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa, Southern Africa Dawah Network, and South African National Zakah Fund.
The training initiative is supported by AWQAFSA, Dawah Academy, International Islamic University of Pakistan and MANCOSA.