Time flies when you are relaxing and recharging! Ramadan has flown by and so has Dhul Hijjah! Many of us are preparing for the start of the school year. We are happy to share a recap of an important program ISLA organized for the second year in a row, Ramadan Connect!
Ramadan Connect is a “Cultural e-Exchange with Muslim students around the world.” It was the brainchild of Brother Yahya Van Rooy, ISLA’s Community Development Associate. As an American living abroad who is deeply passionate about building connections between the ummah, Yahya wanted to help our Muslim youth connect across the globe as well. This project was conceived of with this goal in mind.
Br. Yahya launched the first Ramadan Connect last year (2020) by inviting Islamic schools across the world to have their students join a Padlet on which they could respond to discussion prompts where they shared their Ramadan traditions, Quranic reading progress, and more. This was especially meaningful during the beginning months of the pandemic, when we were all feeling isolated from one another. The experience was so wonderful that ISLA decided to continue Ramadan Connect this year!
Highlights from ISLA Ramadan Connect ’21 edition include
- 22 Schools participated
- Students joined from United States, Australia, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia
- Padlet included 230 Posts, 123 Comments and 138 Contributors
- 3 Live Events
- A Creative Story Writing Contest was launched in which winners received a writing workshop with award-winning children’s book author, Dr. Fawzia Gilani-Williams!
Ramadan Connect Story-Writing Contest
- Grade 1: Abdullah Rafay (homeschool)
- Grade 2: Melika Haji Mohammadamini (Muslim Community School)
- Grade 3: Reve Hashem (Jeddah Private International School)
- Grade 5: Yousef Saiedi (Jeddah Private International School)
- Grade 6: Malak Abdelrazzaq (Avicenna Academy)
Yousef Saiedi, Jeddah Private International School
Reve Hashem, Jeddah Private International School