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Mumbai: Rukhsar Naeem Ansari, a student of 10th standard won the first prize in the 100-meter final race among nearly 700 students. Seventeen schools participated in the inter-school sports organised by Y&M Anjuman Khairul Islam, on Thursday in Somaya College Ground, Mumbai.
Rukhsar represented AKI Mahableshwar school, who is an orphan living in one of the four orphanages of Y&M, AKI aspires to be in the Indian Army.
She said, “It’s the first time and a very pleasant and motivational tour for us to compete with so many students and being the winner. I have seen PT Usha and Mary Kom, who has been great inspiration for us. In future, I would like to join the Army.”
Suhail Dawood Shaikh of the 10th standard also an orphan from AKI’s orphanage in Chandva, Kokan participated in the competition as Rukhsar did.
He said, “It is unexpected for us to compete with so many students from different schools of Mumbai and Maharashtra. Although I have lost this time, I will prepare well for me and my school for next time In sha Allah.”
For the first time, an inter-school sports competition of Anjuman Khairul Islam was organised on Thursday in Somaya College Ground Mumbai. 550 students; boys and girls from 17 schools of Mumbai and Kokan, participated in sports such as racing, football and tug of war.
“Anjuman Khairul Islam is known for providing education to the deprived as well as the welfare of orphans. It’s a great pleasure for us that for the first time many orphans, Boys and Girls who are studying in our schools at Mahabaleshwar, Chandva etc found the chance to show their talents and participate with other students in Mumbai” said Hani A Farid.
“We have 46 institutions and 4 orphanages under AKI whereby nearly 20,000 students, 600 orphans are getting the education from pre-primary to graduation level”, said Dr M. Hanif Lakdawala, Trustee of Y&M AKI.
Shaikh Faisal of the 8th standard from AKI Madanpura Boys was awarded as the best player of AKI-Boys, among 6 Mumbai Schools and Muskan Mehboob Shaikh of standard 9th of AKI Vikhroli, girls, won the best player of AKI girls, among six schools and 9 events. Masoom Raza, of AKI Goregaon, won the best player trophy for the rest of Mumbai schools.
From six secondary schools of Anjuman Khairul Islam in Mumbai, AKI Madanpura boys won the best sports team of AKI whereas AKI Vikhroli girls clinched the best team trophy among girls school. Out of 6 schools from rest of Mumbai, AKI Goregaon, Raigadh won the best school award.
“As the saying goes, a sound mind is in a sound body, AKI has now started focusing on the neglected field in Urdu medium schools i.e. Sports. We have held inter school Carom Tournament, also have formed Under 14 and Under 16 Cricket and Football Team”, said Hani A Farid.
“Recognising talents, grooming them and inculcating the competitive behaviour among students is our mantra for raising the standard of our students and school. Because of better infrastructures, training to teachers and Head Masters, co-curricular activities and sports, admissions in our school is on the rise, Alhamdulillah” he added.
Hani A Farid said, “We are also focusing more on girls’ education and women empowerment. Important responsibilities are handed over to lady teachers alongside their male counterparts. Marshall Art’s teacher in girls school is appointed for their self-defence. Our girls from Madanpura has won in the inter-school hockey tournament, our team of D.T Ed Girls College, Kurla has won the first prize in inter college Kabbadi Tournament in Mumbai.
“Positive Change is happening in Anjuman Khairul Islam under the leadership of Hani A Farid and current management,” said Shirin Shaikh, Head Mistress at AKI Girls High School Vikhroli.
Besides Academics, training of teachers and Head Masters and Sports other co-curricular activities like Debate, Drama, Gazal, GK Quiz and elocution competition, have been introduced this year under the guidance of Mohammed Tahir and Abdul Basit.
Sharing details about the training and motivation, Mohammed Tahir, Incharge of Secondary Schools at Y&M AKI said, “We held a programme for Heads of Primary and Secondary Schools in Lonavala this year. Gita Sasidharan, the famous speaker was called for An Exclusive Management Development Program on Workplace Etiquette & Grooming. We are also organizing subject wise Teachers Training regularly”
“Better performance in Sports will bring grace marks to students and can get our students jobs in government sports quota,” said Rabia Qureishi, Head Mistress of AKI Girls High School.