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School’s Competition

The Orient Islamic School (OIS)  received a prize of R1500 from Awqaf SA for the Annual Greening Competition which is a joint project of the Association of Muslim Schools and Awqaf SA.

The school adopted the St Augustines School  as part of the greening outreach. Participating schools are expected to  engage learners and educators in the planning and implementation of  the  planting of trees and food gardens or any environment related project in a nearby school.

Funds are also raised by the learners. The project was done in September 2006.  The Head of Humanities at the school, Mr Ahmed Manjoo,  said ” We are overjoyed at receiving the prize. We have developed a good relationship between the learners of both schools and we hope to extend this programme.” Asked what they were going to do with the prize, he said “We will be buying books for our library”.

Dr Mohamed Said Karodia (seen handing the cheque to Mr Manjoo)

Mr Manjoo who represents Awqaf SA and is the Project Convenor was ecstatic about the future of the Tabi’ah/ nature month project launched this week.

Dr Mohamed Said Karodia seen handing over the Awqaf SA Prize for School Greening to Mr Ahmed Manjoo, Head of Humanities. Happy learners looking on!

ARBOR WEEK – 29 AUGUST – 2 SEPTEMBER 2005

Awqaf SA –  in partnership with the Association of Muslim Schools (AMS)  has embarked on a programme to encourage schools and learners to engage in a GREENING PROJECT involving tree planting and food gardens in needy communities and neighbouring schools.

In this inception year, 5 schools will be selected on the basis of a short list of schools emanating from a business plan (refer to Annexure A) submitted by all competing schools.  Should the project find support and be successfully implemented, the programme would be extended to more schools (including madressahs, masjids, etc over time) InshaAllah

3 of the selected schools will each receive a humble R500 to spend on the respective project. The best  overall plan will receive R1000,00. The Runner Up will receive R750.00

Results:

Only Gauteng schools were invited to participate as a pilot project:

2 prizes were awarded by Awqaf SA on the recommendation of the adjudicator Dr MS Karodia:

1st Prize: Tshwane Muslim School R1000,00

2nd Prize: Al Ghazali College       R750,00

It was an express condition that the money be spent on food gardens in neighboring poor and disadvantaged communities.

Tshwane Muslim School: Learners from the intermediate phase of the school participated with the help of educators. The schools that TMS worked with are the

Zodwa Lower Secondary School and the St Annes Primary School. Zodwa is a special school for children with disabilities. Both schools are located in Atteridgeville which neighbours Laudium.

Educator Nafeesa Ebrahim, who headed the TMS project was overwhelmed with their prize and was overjoyed with the spin off of the project. Her school has now decided to opt for an Eco Club and has adopted the two schools for further joint projects. A recycling project has also been started at the school.

Awqaf SA congratulates the two schools that won the prizes and hopes that more schools will participate in the programme next year.