Students from Al Siraat College senior classes attended the ‘My Voice, My Vote 2019’ event at Victorian Parliament House in Melbourne on Monday 19 August, accompanied by Head of senior years, Mr Vis Naidu.
The group included Salah Elayoubi (Yr 10), Afeera Zafar (Yr 10), Humza Ghouse (Yr 10), Sabrina Ali (Yr 9).
Speakers Salah and Afeera discussed the topic of increasing electoral participation of youth from multicultural backgrounds.
Salah gave a powerful speech discussing the importance of using inclusive, sustainable, earth-friendly speech in Australian politics free from hate-speech and racism.
He delivered the message that “What gets said in politics has the potential to inspire the very best of youth and the very worst.”
Afeera shared some practical important measures Victorian parliament can implement to have greater engagement with youth from multicultural communities in a way that’s sustainable.
Her solutions included cultural and religious awareness training for politicians and all staff who are engaging with people in high ethnic regions to remove any subconscious biases they may have formed over time.
Both speeches were infused with Islamic context with verses from the Quran and a quote from Prophet Mohammad’s (s) last sermon.
Salah Elayoubi ended his speech with a quote from the last sermon of Prophet Mohammad (s):
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; a white has no superiority over a black, nor does a black have any superiority over a white; (none have superiority over another) except by piety and good action.”
The National Council of Women Victoria through this annual ‘My Voice, My Vote’ event, as well as other events, plays an important role in increasing electoral participation amongst male and female future voters.
Al Siraat College SRC Coordinator Ms Noori Ahmad facilitated the student participation in this event and is committed to developing Muslim students as spokespeople for our community.