Volunteer Picnic at Bonython Park

As a sign of appreciation to our Volunteer Team, who contributed so much towards our recent Jubilee, we had organised a thank you BBQ lunch at Bonython Park on Saturday the 6th of October. Seventeen volunteers attended, along with some of the management committee. 

Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the day. Naturally, the food was spectacular! There was plenty of chicken wings, sausages and bulgogi beef to go around. There was opportunity to chat and have a few laughs. The weather was wonderful, people were able to stroll and explore the park.

If you would like to get involved with the Muslim Women’s Association of SA, contribute to a team effort in helping the community and enjoy an occasional social day out, click here to go to our Volunteer page and send us through your details. 

Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens Learning Journey

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA provides several services to men and women over the age of 65 years who are coming from a CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) background, under the CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program). 

On Thursday 4th of October 2018 an outing to Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens was planned as a Learning Journey.

Those who were attending met at our office on Victoria Square and caught a coach out to Mt Lofty. 

The weather was perfect for walking, overcast but not raining and with a cool breeze.  

The men and women were able to explore the Gardens at their leisure and work up an appetite before sharing a picnic lunch. The group came very well prepared for the picnic with delicious home-made delicacies in picnic baskets and even a table cloth for the picnic table. 

Everyone was very interested to read the signage on-site, in doing so everyone was able to learn about the plants and about the history of Adelaide and also about the Flinders Column. 

It was a wonderful opportunity for them to literally stop and smell the flowers, to socialise and catch up with each other. 

Over 20 Members attended and the general consensus from everyone is that they enjoyed the day immensely. They are looking forward to going back to the Gardens in Autumn time and are, of course, looking forward to the next CHSP Learning Journey. 

For more information about the CHSP and how to join, click here
 
 

Usrah Study Circle

Our Usrah is a group of enthusiastic Muslim sisters getting together with faith in Islam, working and helping out one another, working together towards a better understanding and practice of Islam. The Usrah study circle provides direction towards building self-confidence in a process of developing a balanced and well composed Muslimah in all aspects – spiritually, mentally and physically.

The following programs are conducted in our Usrah Study Circle for Muslim women. To benefit from these programs, you need to be a member. Our annual membership fees are $10 and you can walk-in to our office to apply for membership.

1. Tajweed Class (Quranic recitation and grammar class)

Sisters learn how to read the Quran and the basic rules of Tajweed (Quranic recitation and grammar) so that they are able to recite the Quran in all its glory confidently. This class is designed for students with no knowledge of Tajweed to an intermediate level reciting and recognising the basics of Tajweed.

Details:
Every Monday (except Public Holidays)
10am – 11.20am

2. Islamic Talk / Discussion

Led by Dr Rokkiah Tawi in English, sisters gather on Mondays to benefit from Islamic discussions. Some of these talks/discussions focus on Tafseer where sisters analyse verses from the Quran and relate to everyday events and problems in the lives of Muslim women. Currently, sisters are learning about the 99 Names of Allah (Asma ul Husna).

Details:
Every Monday (except Public Holidays)
11.30am – 12.30pm

3. Conversational Arabic Class

This course is for learning how to speak and converse in Arabic. This is suitable for beginners who know how to read and write Arabic. The class is conducted in English.

Details:
Every Monday (except Public Holidays)
1pm – 2pm

All classes are conducted at our office in the city – Level 4, 182 Victoria Square, SA 5000.

ACE (Adult Community Education) 2018 Schedule

Our ACE (Adult Community Education) Program aims to improve the language, literacy and computing skills of women who face economic and social barriers that prevent them from moving on to higher level training or finding a job or seeking volunteer opportunities.

Weekly classes are held in our office and in Salisbury. The classes are delivered in an informal, easy to access community setting.

Adult Learners’ Week 2018

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) participated in Adult Learners’ Week 2018, as we do every year. It was thoroughly enjoyed and very successful, as it is every year.

The theme this year was Discover Nature and History. With that in mind, the program coordinator planned outings to the Migration Museum to learn more about the history of migration and to the Botanical Gardens to learn more about nature. 

Our event was attended mainly by our ACE (Adult Community Education) students, who come from a variety of cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds and have called Australia home for varying lengths of time. 

Those who attended learnt about migration through history and about the struggles those migrants faced. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures, as well. During this time the Museum was showcasing Croatian culture and had a variety of dresses, photos, musical instruments and sporting equipment on exhibit. There was a photographic story of a Polish family who migrated to Australia in the 1960s and a handout on Russian migrants was available. Our students were able to relate to the struggles of past migrants and were inspired by the new and positive lives that have been built in Australia. 

The guided tour of the Botanical Gardens was loved by everyone. The weather was spectacular, all sunshine and fresh air. The guides were sensitive and informative. Through the use of interpreters the group members developed a keen interest in the Gardens, as they were more easily able to understand the information provided. Our group members enjoyed a shared lunch, a lovely way to end the day and encourage social networking.

One of our goals is to introduce educational resources to our members which they can then feel comfortable accessing by themselves in the future. Some in attendance had not visited these places before but have said they feel confidant to take their family and friends back. The students gave positive feedback about the trip.

The things learnt during this trip will be discussed further during the weekly program classes. The students are able to express and exchange views on different topics, this helps with improving conversational skills and making new friends. 

A continuing goal of MWASA is to provide opportunities and support to women on their learning journey. There are already plans being made for next term’s excursion: guided tours of the State Library and Central Market!

For more information about the MWASA ACE Program, click here

Press Release: Day of Arafah and Eid Al-Adha 2018 Announcement

Assalaamu’alaykum. Please be informed that Eid Al Adha is on Tuesday, 21 August 2018. Hence, the Day of Arafah will be on Monday, 20 August 2018. Eid Al Adha is the Eid of sacrifice and commitment of Allah’s orders. May Allah bless us with the same in all circles of life, and help all amongst us, who are helpless, worried and waiting for his rehmat. Ameen.


Leadership Workshop for Young Muslim Women

In this 4-part workshop series, young Muslim women aged between 14 – 25 years undergo training to develop their confidence and improve their communication skills.

The participants quickly warmed up to their trainer, Yasmin Gurreeboo, Associate Director, ACTNOW Theatre, and began sharing their thoughts and views on a wide range of topics and challenges.

During the first session, participants learned how to express their ideas and communicate confidently using the Theatre of the Oppressed technique. The second session saw participants discussing about cultural identity. It was interesting to see them discuss about common labels and act it out in a freeze frame. The youth noted how each of them interpreted labels they give and receive differently.

The next session focused on the participants’ communication skills. The girls enjoyed activities such as ‘silent birthdate game’ where they had fun exploring non-verbal communication techniques  to line-up in the order of their respective birth dates.

The workshop culminated on 17 April 2018 with more teamwork activities that enabled the girls to improve their communication skills in a fun environment. On the whole, the youth enjoyed meeting new people, learning to work confidently in teams while tapping on each others’ strengths and realised they were able to step out of their comfort zones.

Quotes from participants:
“The workshop was very interactive and engaging. It enabled us to think with the creative side of our brain, become a more confident woman, and also allowed us to explore other people’s interpretations and ideas. Overall it was a very interesting and enjoyable session.”
   – Melissa
“The second session was really insightful. I understand that we need to empower ourselves in order to empower other people. We also need to overcome our fear to become more confident and powerful. It is definitely another step forward in understanding what leadership is”
– Balqis

 

Parenting Talk on Australian Family Law

19 April 2018 –  A parenting talk was organised for parents who were new to Australia to give them an insight into how the legal system in Australia works. Parents gained a deeper understanding on their responsibilities to their children, laws concerning their children as well as family laws and policies at work in Australia.

The session also covered the following topics:

  • An overview of the legal system in Australia
  • Information on Australian family law
  • Rights and responsibility as a parent
  • Laws relating to children

Handouts were provided to the participants in different languages to help parents understand better.  Parents who attended the talk found the session useful since it provided them with information about their rights, being responsible parents. This will help them carry out their duties well.

MyGov and My Aged Care talk for seniors

With most transactions and communications being done online, it is important for the seniors in our community to know how to access information and assistance schemes online.

In collaboration with Centrelink and Bene Aged Care, MWASA organised a ‘hands on’ session to help seniors learn how they could access their accounts and assistance schemes on the myGov portal and My Aged Care portal.

While using technology and computers can be a tedious process for most seniors, our group of 34 seniors were able to rise up to the challenge and learnt how to use online portals and services provided by aged care providers.

26 April 2018

Harmony Day Celebrations

21 March 2018 – Harmony Day celebrations at MWASA were in full swing on Wednesday, 21 March as participants and staff gathered dressed in their best cultural attires sticking to the theme – “Cultural dresses around the world”.

Our participants from the ACE program, prepared an interesting presentation, while students from the intermediate English class created a poster depicting what Harmony Day meant to them. The computer class put together a fashion quiz, featuring garments and accessories associated with the countries of origin of students from all the ACE classes. The quiz did get a little rambunctious as good-natured disagreements broke out regarding just which country was the correct answer. It appears that women who share borders also share fashion!

On the whole, it was a fun-filled day 🙂 Almost everyone wore a garment they had brought from home.

Quotes from tutors:
“It was a lovely event and it was clear that everyone present enjoyed themselves.  From my perspective it was great to see the common thread between everyone from different cultures, nationality, religion and language. That is, everyone joined in and were interested in other women’s presentations and cultures. One of the South American women observed that she enjoyed the opportunity to meet with women from other cultures as she had previously had not opportunity to meet with Muslim women and to learn more about them (she also referred to coming to English Classes at MWASA.)  This was also the same for the Muslim women meeting the women from South America! – Sarah, Tutor for the English Class

 

 

 

Surviving the Ocean of Depression

22 February 2018 – Surviving the Ocean of Depression was an interesting program where participants aged between 35 to 70,  took part in sharing their experiences that lead them to depression and ways they adapt to deal with them. It was heartening to note that most felt happy after sharing their stories since they hardly get such opportunities to express their feelings or share it with anyone. For some, it is an ongoing battle, nevertheless, they put on a brave face.

MWASA would like to thank David Denborough, community worker, teacher and writer/editor for Dulwich Centre, for taking the time to faciliate the session. His involvment enabled the participants to form a support network and draw lessons and motivation from each other.