Last week the SGP (Settlement Grant Program) Youth Group had the opportunity to shake things up at Fernwood with a Zumba session!
The session had been organised as part of the holiday program, for the girls to have some fun as well as to introduce and familiarise the newly arrived girls with a gym environment.
Almost 30 girls, coming from different backgrounds, attended – and every single one enjoyed it. For some it was their first time doing Zumba. The Instructor was incredibly energetic and afterwards everyone was feeling the benefits of a good workout.
The visit to Fernwood included the Zumba session as well as a tour of the facilities and information about membership options. The staff were very cooperative and patient.
The girls are keen for future fitness sessions and some are looking into taking out their own gym memberships.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Every Monday (except Public Holidays)
1pm – 2pm
All classes are conducted at our office in the city – Level 4, 182 Victoria Square, SA 5000.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
On 15 February 2018, MWASA collaborated with the Department of Human Services, Centrelink, to organise an informational talk for the seniors from our Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). The talk helps the seniors and pensioners understand more about new regulations and policies that affect them.