The 23rd Tanzania International Model United Nations 2020 was held in Arusha, Tanzania. It was attended by 200 participants from Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria and United Kingdom under the umbrella of Youth of the United Nations Association (YUNA) hosted at the Nelson Mandela- African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) from 29th September to the 2nd of October 2020. The platform of TIMUN provides young students to interact with others and sharpens their communication skills.

Al Madrasa tus Saifiyah tul Burhaniyah Dar es Salaam, has always strived to provide its students with holistic education that enables them to develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. Eight of our students from Form 3 & 4, participated in this interactive conference.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Youth Role in Creating the Future We Want” The event focused on four sustainable goals; SDG 3, 5, 8 and 13.

The eight (8) students of Form III and Form IV who participated from MSB - Dar es Salaam were as follows;

1.Ebrahim Hakimuddin Suratwalla
2.Murtaza Yusuf Essajee,
3.Aliasgar Mujtaba Amiji
4.Batul Abdulhussein Anjari
5.Khadija Khuzema Jamaly
6.Umesalama Shabbir Akberali
7.Zainab Aliasger Dossaji
8.Amatulla Mazaher Zavery

The opening ceremony was honored to host the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign affairs and the East African Co-operations, Dr. Mwinyi Talib Haji along with GBV advocate Ms. Hortencia Nuhu, Mr. Tirso Dos Santos, UNESCO Head of Office and Representative, Prof. Emmanuel Luoga, the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology and Aikansia Muro, Senior Manager -NMB

The event had four caucus groups into which all delegates were divided. The caucuses were as follows:

1.Youth involvement in Circular Paradigm
2.Youth role in advocating against gender-based violence
3.Youth skills in decent work and employment
4.Youth role in peace building

The first day, the 75th commemoration of the United Nations with a specific focus on collecting youth’s voices for inclusion in the ongoing global conversation was organized where delegates gave their views and ideas. Thereafter a training on MUN by the past president Godfrida Magubo was held which explained new participants on the rules and regulation of MUN followed by a discussion on the thematic areas. The day concluded with an amusing display of a simulated General Assembly.

The second day began with a panel discussion on Youth Skills for Decent Work. The panelist were high officials from NMB Bank, United Nations Association, International Youth Foundation, and ACTION AID. The panelist gave insight on the available resources for youth in Africa and Tanzania in particular and how to gain access to the opportunities.

Thereafter, the delegates divided into groups where they discussed on their individual caucus as the country they were given to represent. The discussions ended and the general assembly was convened.

The third day began with a panel discussion on Gender based violence where renowned officials from Plan International, African, and Youth Representative who was a Medical doctor discussed the prevailing problems and possible solutions. After that, a presentation by Elimika Wikendi on the importance of attaining the SDGs and in turn the Millennium goals were held.

Some delegates were given the opportunity of participating in the Outreach program organized by TIMUN. The delegates talked about the 17 SDGs to Kikwe Secondary school students.

The delegates were expected to gather their points from the discussions, and form a draft resolution. Our students from MSB participated in group sessions enthusiastically giving points which were based on their designated countries as well as personal points of research and opinions.

On the last day, the General Assembly was convened whereby resolutions were submitted and one final draft was created which would be represented to the United Nations. The best caucus award went to the group discussing youth skills for decent work.

Finally, Guest of Honour Hon.Jerry Muro ~ The District Commissioner of Arumeru arrived for the presentation ceremony to present the winners and share valuable viewpoints. He stated,"There is nothing more exciting than seeing young people trusted and given opportunities to showcase our talents".

TIMUN 2020 provided a vast opportunity to our students from AMSB. Their journey to Arusha, helped them to articulate and think beyond their personal circles. They delved on world issues and shared knowledge with peers from other institutes. They realized their potential and understood the immense opportunities that lie ahead for them. The platform initiated new friendships and expanded their horizons beyond their imagination.

Our students were awarded the Certificate of Outstanding Participation and one of our students, Ebrahim Hakimuddin of Form IV was awarded The Best Male Delegate Award. It was indeed a proud moment for us.

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There was an air of excitement, laughter could be heard everywhere, the streets were queued up with school buses, children walking with their bags and anxious parents dropping their children to school.

 All students arrived on time, no laxity in their gait. They were all anxious to be back after the hiatus of 100 days. Dressed smartly in their uniforms, they walked in through the MSB gates, their faces radiant, their eyes seeking their friends. The soothing tones of the Eid Qasida could be heard all over the campus. Their teachers welcomed them with smiles and assurances.

They washed their hands and moved to the assembly hall. The buzz of conversations, the feeling of apprehension, the smiles, the scent of expectation all radiated and reflected amongst the welcome décor of the assembly hall.

The Daily dua was recited, after which Mustafabhai Fidali (Primary HOS) welcomed the students with a short speech. The Primary teachers then enacted a skit to reinforce the need for safety and precautions to be observed in school. Mr Ramadhan (Geography teacher) then welcomed the students and talked about having the right attitude to learn. After that Ruqaiya Rajabali and Khadija Jamalee of Form 4 shared with students a conversation regarding using of games and You-tube for learning purposes. After this, students who had participated in the International Essay writing competition received their certificates.

The Masool then addressed the students and ended by saying that we must be thankful to Almighty Allah Taala for keeping us safe and protected. And we should be also thankful to our President, Hon. John Pombe Magufuli, for taking measures to make our country safe. The assembly ended with Wazifatushukr and National Anthem.

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Dar es salaam hosted the 5th Student exchange program to the Roof of Africa, one of the 7 wonders of Africa – Mt.Kilimanjaro.

44 East African students (27 boys & 17 girls ) accompanied by 5 teachers and 2 ambitious veterans aged (62 yrs & 70 yrs) participated in 6-day adventurous trekking from 28th Feb to 5th March.

Every section of the mountain with its amazing sight taught our students about different vegetation, habitat, mental math and new vocabulary. The students learnt to overcome numerous obstacles, became stronger and positive than before and expressed gratitude for every small step of success they took to conquer the mighty mountain.

Overall, due to the unpredictable weather conditions, the whole trekking expedition was a challenge to the mind, body, and spirit and our students gave their best by being mindful, fighting different illnesses and strengthening their faith towards our ultimate guide-Aqa Moula tus who guided them throughout this adventurous expedition to take the right decisions.  May our Moula’s khushi be our compass to balance deen and duniyah to achieve contentment, happiness and greater heights in the journey of life.  Ameen.

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The establishment of a Prefect board gives students an opportunity to acquire the sort of communication, planning and organizational skills which will be beneficial to them in their future. The eagerly awaited Investiture Ceremony for the MSB academic year 2020 was held on January 22, 2020.

There was an aura of expectancy as the Head of Section Fatemaben took up the mike. The brief ceremony consisted of a short introduction to what an investiture ceremony is, followed by the announcements. Ebrahim Hakimuddin was selected as the Head boy with Yusuf Najmuddin as his assistant, while from the girls Alefiyah Zavery was selected as the Head girl and Sakina Juzer as her assistant. Four house captains and their assistants were announced followed by the 10 Student Council members who would complete the prefectorial board. The students were then briefed about the tasks that they would be involved in, and their responsibilities.

The Masool and Head of Sections handed over the badges and emphasized on the need of shouldering their responsibilities firmly and efficiently. The Masool then administered the oath with prefect members repeating after him, signalling the beginning of their year of leadership.

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