The AYN Youth Conference 2023 which was held in Arusha, Tanzania provided an enriching platform for young minds to engage in profound discussions and collaborative endeavours. The conference was held at the Corridor Springs Hotel’s conference room. The daily timings from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM, the event was guided by distinguished moderators, cultivating an environment of intellectual growth and cooperation, Alhamdullilah, marking a resounding success of this program first of its kind under the current Africa Federation Youth Network (AYN).
Accommodation for gents’ participants was at Corridor Springs Hotel and ladies at 3 Degrees Hotel.
We are grateful to Arusha Jamaat for their cooperation and support.
The presence of esteemed facilitators and speakers added significance to the conference. The high table consisted of the conference moderators, each an expert in their domain: Sheikh Ali Rajani for Religion, Mohammad Hussein Rashid and Miqdaad Remtullah for Economics, Dr. Imran Versi for Mental Health, Brother Alihassan Kassam for Sport, Sister Tayyiba Sheriff for Lifestyle, and Sister Sukaina Khatau for Education. Accompanying them were Chair Ali Khalfan and Honorary Secretary Sakeena Jusab. This ensemble symbolized the synergy between leadership and knowledge, setting a high standard for the conference’s enlightening sessions.
Acknowledging Remarkable Success:
The Youth Conference’s remarkable success is a testament to the tireless dedication and exceptional teamwork of a dynamic group of individuals. Their contributions, leadership, and commitment elevated the conference, creating an atmosphere of learning, collaboration, and growth. These outstanding individuals, pooling their diverse talents and expertise, embody the spirit of collaboration, community service, and empowerment that the conference represents. The event’s success was as a result of the interactive participation by the youth and the speakers/presenters in all sessions, we commend their efforts, commitment, and dedication.
Facilitators & Moderators:
– Religion: Sheikh Ali Rajani
– Economic: Mohammad Hussein Rashid and Miqdaad Remtullah
– Mental Health: Dr. Imran Versi
– Sport: Brother Alihassan Kassam
– Lifestyle: Sister Tayyiba Sheriff
– Education: Sister Sukaina Khatau
First Day of the Conference: The inaugural day commenced with recitation of verses of the Holy Qur’an and a Nawha in commemoration of the great martyrdom of Imam Hussain (‘A). The Chief of Protocol, Ammar Anwarali, formally inaugurated the conference. Chair Ali Khalfan introduced the event’s structure, moderators, and the AYN Hon. Secretary, Sister Sakeena Jusab. Key conference guidelines set the tone for the MUN-style proceedings.
Second Day of the Conference: The second day started with the Holy Qur’an recitation and a Nawha. Participants were divided into six groups, each led by a moderator. These groups delved into topic-related discussions, generating resolutions presented later to the conference. After a productive morning session, participants enjoyed free time, with organized outings and activities.
Third Day of the Conference: Continuing the practice, the third day began with Qur’an recitation and a Nawha, similar to the first two days. Prepared groups showcased their resolutions, sparking discussions, challenging process and amendments. The lively interactions testified to the participants’ commitment to addressing global issues affecting the youth in particular.
Leave your print campaign: During the course of the AYN Conference 2023, the media team decided to host an online photography campaign by the name of ‘Capture the Moment’. This revolved around the predominant theme of the conference ‘Leave Your Print’.
Each participant had to take a picture of anything they were inspired by, have a reflective message/caption and have the #leaveyourprint as a trending message.
We had two winners; one from the brothers (Br. Mohamedhussein Bachoo) and one from the sisters (Sr. Zahra Virjee).
More details of the Youth Conference – 2023 will be provided in the Annual AYN report for the Supreme Council Session in Kampala and in the AYN Magazine which is expected to come out soon.
Closing Ceremony: The conference concluded at the KSIJ Arusha Imambargha with Holy Qur’an recitation and Majlis. The Chairman of AYN expressed heartfelt gratitude to all attendees, moderators, participants, and volunteers. A special acknowledgment went to the Youth Conference (YC) team for their dedication and tireless efforts in ensuring the conference’s smooth execution. The Arusha Jamaat President, Alhaj Mustafa Virjee lauded the AYN team’s remarkable initiative and its positive impact on the community. Our great appreciation to Arusha Jamaat for hosting the dinner for all participants and invitees at the Imambargha.
The echoes of this remarkable conference will continue to inspire positive change in the pursuit of a better tomorrow.
Message from the Vice Chairman of Africa Federation:
“My first comments to the AYN Chairman, Br. Ali Khalfan and his team – you had really struggled and went through a lot of intricacies in the initial stages to organize the Conference, these were distressing and time consuming, however with the team’s determination and steadfastness, you ultimately triumphed, please take all these in a positive manner as a learning curve which will make you all much stronger and more determined in the future.
The Youth Conference, 2023 held in Arusha, is a landmark achievement and shall be imprinted in AYN’s book of record. On behalf of the Chairman, Alhaj Amine Nassor and my fellow office bearers, we congratulate you all for the wonderful work.
I had a session with Sheikh Ali Rajani, Brother Alihassan Kassam and Sister Ismat Khimji in Dar es Salaam recently, I was delighted to learn of the great success of the Youth Conference, 2023 and the way you and your team managed the entire Conference. It was a great task undertaken for the first time to organize the program, which included events and assemblies for the youth, both male and female, numbering to eighty-five.
May Allah (SWT) increase in your tawfeeqat and grant you more wisdom, encouragement and strength to do more and better in the coming years, Aameen.
Lastly, I am grateful to Arusha Jamaat and particularly, the Chairman, Alhaj Mustafa Virjee and the Hon. Secretary, Alhaj MohamedArif Bhimani for hosting the Closing Ceremony of AYN Conference and the dinner at Imambargha, Thank you very much!”
Africa Federation Youth Network (AYN)
Date: 11th September 2023