As the Africa Youth Network (AYN) is gearing up for the AFED Youth Camp for girls of our community to be held in Morogoro in from 19th to 29th December this year, the mentors for the Camp need to be developed and thus must undergo two training programs in order to qualify to be a mentor for the participants converging in Morogoro for the Camp.

Group Photograph of 25 participants, AFED Girls’ Camp Lead, Sis.FatimSomji and 2 Facilitators

The two training programs in the planned are Youth Development Programme to begin with and Mentor Development Programme to follow.
 
The Youth Development Programme (YDP) was conducted in Dar es Salaam over the weekend of 5th & 6th November with a record participation of 25 girls from the following cities: Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Mwanza, Nairobi, Tanga and Zanzibar. The age range of these girls which was a criterion for them to apply as a mentor was 19 to 24 years.

The two day training programme was conducted by the Facilitators from Capacity Building Group of Africa Federation, Sis. Shama Dewji and Br. Shabbirhussein Khalfan.
 
The ground logistics of the programme were handled by the Women’s Board of Africa Federation, headed by Zaheeda Alishan and her team.

The following modules were covered in the 2 day training:

  • Capability and Capacity
  • Overall Programme Goal
  • Supporting Others' Growth
  • Tolerance and Respect
  • Understanding Self
  • The Iceberg
  • Knowledge Paradox
  • Andragogy and Pedagogy
  • People or Objects?
  • Presenting With Presence
     

Testimonials from the Participants:

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. – Aristotle.”

Everyone believes that they know themselves; but the question is ‘How well?’ The LDP course is guaranteed to help you understand aspects of your inner most self, and how you can redirect yourself to becoming a better individual, crucially on a personal level, then on a social one.

Undertaking discussions covering different concepts and theories that touch everyday life, you will be sure to understand why living authentically is the ultimate best form of living. With amazing facilitators that are there to help you at every step of the way, this course is definitely a perfect stepping stone for anyone who is ready to explore a deeper extension of themselves.

Kulsum M. Nasser – Dar es Salaam

I cannot begin but to thank the organizers for organizing such a fruitful event. Indeed no words can truly do them justice.

I believe that inside everyone there is someone who wants to come out and shine and that someone is the real you.

Thank you for helping us find our real selves.

MahdiyaPyarali – Arusha

They say, behind every atom of the world, hides an infinite universe, yet this statement is now more applicable to me, because of this illuminating Y.D.P (Youth Development Program). The amount of knowledge that has been grasped is beyond amazing. In fact, the dissection of our personalities was the highlight of this weekend, where some of us, including I, discovered the gems that are inside us.

Sadiqa P. Janmohamed – Nairobi

The two day training has helped me to discover the girl in the mirror! The girl who I buried in the ink of my pen. Because I discovered my personality I will now learn to appreciate and accept other people for who they are. I aspire to be a giver – a giver of love, kindness and good vibes. With the skills I take back from this training, I want to be a valuable asset in my community, especially the youths because really, they are the future and the leaders of tomorrow.

Sayyeda Versi – Dar es Salaam


Through the YDP, my understanding of individuals within the society we live in has expanded immensely. I would encourage other youths to get involved in such sessions as it brings people with different personalities together, encourages meaningful interaction and brings about self-development & awareness.

It also demonstrated to me the value of networking. I’m going back with lots of developed skills and many new friends.

Sarah Parpia – Mwanza

Participants demonstrate skits to summarize their learning over the two days.

On behalf of the Capacity Building Group (CBG) of AFED, we wish to acknowledge and extend our appreciation to Africa Youth Network (AYN) for initiating the mammoth AFED Youth Camp for the Girls this year and for giving the opportunity to the Facilitators of CBG for conducting such an essential workshop towards raising self-awareness and being responsible, out-reaching people in the society.

We wish to extend our deep appreciation to the Women’s Board Head Sis. Zaheeda Alishan and her Team for creating a very comfortable and conducive environment for learning and growth.

Our gratitude goes out to Dar es Salaam Jamaat for availing us the venue and amenities for this training session.

We wish to thank the Africa Federation Secretariat for their encouragement, cooperation and for the financial support enabling us to organize such training workshops regularly.

Deepest appreciation goes out to the Facilitators Sis. Shama Dewji and Br. Shabbir-Hussein Khalfan for sacrificing their valuable time and energy towards continuous development of the youth of our community.

We also express our gratitude to the participants for their eagerness to learn and for the efforts throughout the 2 days participation in this workshop. They travelled all the way from their home towns, some by road, some by air and some by sea. We salute their parents and families for the support and encouragement they provide to these young dynamic girls.

The next developmental training towards the Youth Camp is the Mentor Development Programme, which will be conducted for selected participants from this group.

 
CBG Secretariat
The Federation of KSI Jamaats of Africa

12th November 2016.

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