To work towards the development of a comprehensive policy embracing all academic Education requirements of the member Jamaats, develop comprehensive educational policy to cater for the member Jamaats present and future requirements and ensure harmonization of the activities and effective operation of the constituent elements of the education board and establish necessary communication, coordination and liaison with appropriate institutions worldwide.

REF: EB/SH/05/18                                                          



Moving away from home to an unfamiliar country to study is hard enough! Add doing the holy month of Ramadhan away from home and it can actually feel quite depressing. For me, it is definitely the month I look forward to. Lazy stay-at-home days filled with Quran recitation, Mummy-made iftaars, rushing off to Quran Khani and being surrounded by a comforting blanket of Quran and Dua recitation-all familiar aspects of doing Ramadhan at home. But one important thing, I luckily realised soon enough, is that it is only as depressing as YOU make it out to be. I realised that instead of feeling sorry for myself, I needed to get up and actually do something to make myself feel better. In trying to find what to do, I asked myself, what are the main things I miss when doing Ramadhan away from home? I came up with the following TIPs. That stands for Tradition, Involvement and the People.

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REF: EB/SH/04/18                                                           



SAAJ Nairobi with the support of the Education Board of the Africa Federation hosted a career guidance and counselling session for students and parents held from 9th – 10th March and 17th – 18th March, at the Jaffery Islamic Centre in Nairobi.

On the 9th and 10th of March, twenty-eight students, enrolled between Grade 9 to Grade 13 completed their Strong Interest Inventory ® Assessment – which included individual pre-counselling sessions for each student conducted by Mrs Shama Dewji, followed by an online assessment. This assessment is one of the world’s most respected and widely used career planning tools and provides robust insights into a student's career interests. It helps the students discover potential careers they may not have considered and gives them a wealth of information about how they approach the world of work.

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REF: EB/SH/03/18                                                           



December 2017 was a defining moment for Nairobi Jaffery Education Board when it had the privilege of welcoming The Chairman of Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa; Alhaj Shabirbhai Najafi for a tour of Nairobi Jaffery Academy.

Leaning heavily on Shabirbhai's experience and exposure in serving the Community at the Federation, the visit yielded the desired result of gaining from the wealth of experience that Shabirbhai holds through his business acumen and exceptional leadership qualities.

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The Africa Federation Education Board (EB) had the privilege of welcoming Br. Murtaza Somji, Chairman of Nairobi Jaffery Education Board (NJEB), to Dar es Salaam.  As part of the regional effort by the Education Board to facilitate inter-school engagement and collaboration, the Central Board of Education (CBE) and Al-Muntazir Schools hosted Br. Murtaza Somji (Chairman – NJEB) and Br. Tehsin Takim (Chairman – EB) on an in-depth familiarization tour of all the campuses.

The tour of facilities commenced at the Nursery School, followed by Boys Primary School, Girls Primary School, Girls Seminary, Boys Seminary and ending with the Special Needs Centre (AMSEN). The tour was led by Br. Imtiaz Lalji (Chairman – CBE), Br. Shakil Dharamsi (Vice Chairman – CBE) and Br. Mahmood Ladak (CEO – Al Muntazir Schools).  At each campus, a detailed meeting was held with the respective Principal, providing a unique opportunity to share cross-cutting challenges, solutions and best practices.

The Education Board wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to the Management, Board of Directors, Teachers and Administrative staff of Al Muntazir Schools for their hospitality, and for spending many hours offering insight as well as sharing current and future plans with the Chairman of NJEB and Chairman of EB.  We look forward to more such visits between our Community schools.

EB Secretariat


After completing my A Levels at Isamilo International School Mwanza, I decided to pursue my higher education in the United Kingdom at the University of Hertfordshire, graduating in 2015 with a BA in Economics. Thereafter I decided to take a gap year and went back to Tanzania, where I travelled and explored different regions of the country that I had not visited before. I returned to the UK to pursue my MSc in Economics at City, University of London, graduating in January of 2018.

For me, the biggest challenge in pursuing higher education was in fact my move to the UK, and transitioning to life as an international student. Leaving behind my biggest support system - my parents, the comfort zone that I called home and the familiarity of life that I was accustomed to, was a difficult yet necessary step to take. Lifestyle, culture and aspects such as the transportation system were not familiar and it was the first time I was really independent and living out on my own. Despite all the changes that were going on, two things that greatly helped me along the way were keeping steadfast to my religious beliefs and having some family in the UK. I also found it important to keep good friends that were also facing the same challenges as myself, and made sure to research ahead of my move so that I had some prior knowledge and was not walking into my new surrounding blindly.

I am resilient and I believe that self-improvement and evolution happen through life experiences, but that you have to reflect and try your hardest to tackle them in a practical manner. I have an inquisitive nature and I like to critically analyse every situation. It is important to understand why you believe in the things you do and to question the status quo, but to do so in a respectable and civilised manner involving discussion and debate. 

For me, to accomplish your goals it is central to keep your focus on what you want, then find ways and take small steps to help you achieve them. Making use of the student union, career advice, networking and holiday internships were ways that I kept myself driven by setting smaller milestones to carry on working hard. Basically, do the things your future-self will thank your current self-sacrifices for, which will make your life simpler in the long run.

For the challenges that I initially faced, I was rewarded for my efforts. Walking across the stage at my graduation for my master’s degree made everything worthwhile – so always keep the end goal in sight.But as important as it is to work hard and make full use of every opportunity open to you, it is equally, if not more important to cherish every moment and experience. Through all of it, the ups and downs, working those student jobs, writing late night reports, all of these things, make up university life and have so much to teach us about ourselves – enjoy the journey and don’t try to acquire instant gratification!

Having said this, it would not have been possible to get to where I am and be the person I am today without the prayers, duas and unwavering support of my parents. Through their own example and sacrifice, they not only taught me the value of academics but also everything outside it, such as sports, drama and travel that opened my mind up to so much more, and has ultimately shaped the person I am today.

Mehdi Karim 
Mwanza Jamat
AFED Post Graduate Loan Recipient


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