Madrasah Education

MADRASAH EDUCATION PRE-PRIMARY/KINDERGARTEN - FOUNDATION PHASE

IEOSA ‘Early Childhood Development’ Education 

"SEEK KNOWLEDGE FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE"


PRE-SCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN/SCHOOL READINESS/RECEPTION

Alhamdulillah, IEOSA embarked on the first Pre-School Academy with an Integrated System which is recognised.  When we embarked on creating this system, our research showed us that separating Islamic from the secular aspects would result in two types of education.  For example: Eating Etiquettes - We teach our children that before we eat, we wash our hands but do not wipe and after we eat we wash and wipe.  The Western system teaches that we must wipe our hands before eating. Therefore, using qualified personnel, we set out to research and develop the ‘Early childhood Development’ programme blending the Islamic and secular aspects into one.  Over the years, IEOSA has made major improvements in the curriculum whereby the various aspects of a child's development is done from an Islamic perspective.

OBJECTIVES OF PRE-PRIMARY/KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION

The goal of the Integrated Islamic school is to provide opportunities for the total development of the child i.e. social, emotional, physical, intellectual, aesthetic and spiritual in keeping with the guidelines set out in the Qur'aan and Sunnah.

AIMS & GOALS

  1. To inculcate Islamic Belief in little children. 
  2. To make them Allah Conscious 
  3. To develop skills i.e. Maths, Writing. Reading, Practical and Problem solving skills. 
  4. To prepare children for school. 
  5. To provide a safe environment so that the child will not be afraid of new experiences. 
  6. To provide opportunities and encouragement towards developing responsibility, self-control and independence while maintaining respect for adults.
  7. To provide a foundation for a lifetime of study. 
  8. To prepare them in becoming Khalifatullah fil-ard - Allah's vicegerants on earth.

We at IEOSA believe in setting the right foundation for our children, for a successful career and future.  In keeping with the Islamic ethos, the IEOSA system has attempted to achieve various stages of development within the Islamic activities.  Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur'aan in Surah 23, Verses 1 and 2,

Successful indeed are the believers who are humble in their Salaah.

With this in mind, we ensure that all our pre-school learners are taught their 2 rakaats Salaah before venturing into Grade One.  The success of our children is very important to us.  Through Salaah, the different stages of development are perceived, e.g.

Nursery Readiness 

A)            Physical development - the large & fine muscles are developed through the actions of Salaah.

B)             Emotional development - trust in Allah - improves confidence.  Connection with the Creator.

C)            Social development - standing shoulder to shoulder, showing brotherhood, physically touching each other.

D)            Intellectual development - Mathematics - concepts of time. Number of raka`aat.

Concentration and Memory -  When performing Salaah.

Visual Perception- Focussing of the eye - practical salaah.

Auditory Perception - Listening to the recitation of the teachers.

Sequencing - What comes first or second, etc.  Through postures - Takbeer, Qiyaam, Qiraat, Ruku, Sajdah, Tasleem - specific sequence in the method of performing Salaah.

Spatial Awareness - That is - position in space:- concept of up, down, right, left - learnt through the postures of Salaah.  Qiyaam shows the meaning of up, Ruku - low, Sajdah - lower.  Tasleem - right / left.  Cupping of the hands in front, etc.

Punctuality - Concept of time - to be on time.

Cleanliness - To be clean and paak with Wudu.

Discipline - Making them aware that to stop everything they are doing and read their Salaah.

Locality -To read Salaah at the Masjid, home, school.

In this manner during the different subjects, themes and the aspects of development are covered, e.g. During Discussion (Morning Ring) the teacher will discuss the Masjid and ask questions on - Why do we read Salaah?  How many rakaats are there in the 5 Daily Salaah?  Naming of Salaah, etc. thus allowing the child to think and reason.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT TEACHER TRAINING  -- Refer to ‘Teacher Education Institute


MADRASAH EDUCATION JUNIOR PRIMARY 

IEOSA’S SYSTEM OF EDUCATION

The Organisation is responsible for the research and development of syllabi, course design, intensive Teacher Training programs, publishing of Teachers Manuals and learners text books.  It further ensures the correct implementation of the above through a system of regular supervision and inspections.  IEOSA further undertakes the entire function of setting, conducting bi-annual examinations and marking of scripts after which it provides comprehensive reports to parents and affiliate societies.

MONITORING & CO-ORDINATION OF MADAARIS

An important aspect of IEOSA's services is the provision of supervision / inspection of Madaaris.  The Advisors "evaluate" and "assist" teachers in preparation and the presentation of the lessons.  This means that the Advisors evaluate not only the teachers' performance but also their own research output (syllabi, texts and manuals) under working or classroom conditions - whether they are suitable or require adjustments. This then leads them to identify the problem area and focus their adjustments accordingly.

Thus the IEOSA's syllabi, texts and manuals are constantly reviewed - as adjustments are made in keeping with changing circumstances. If the best syllabus, texts or manuals are produced and teachers are trained on how to implement same, but fail to conform to the guidelines, this can result in educational disaster. Therefore, our Advisors visit the affiliate Madaaris to ensure that the guidelines are followed in terms of the methodology and educational psychology and monitor the progress of the learners.  Madrasah education is provided for Primary as well as the Secondary level learners.

A Madrasah class in progress

Madrassah Class

EXAMINATIONS

Pupils Examinations

Pupil's examinations are conducted by the organisation bi-annually.  The papers are set by the different Heads of Departments for the various standards.  The Advisor’s and Heads of Departments go out to the various madaaris and conduct the exams personally.  For the Grades One and Two, all subjects are tested orally.  From Grade Three onwards pupils do a written exam except for subjects like Qur'aan, Hifz and Practicals which are done orally.

The papers are then marked and moderated before being entered onto the computer.  The teachers are not involved in the conducting of the examinations or in the analysis of their students.

Thus the exams are conducted "externally" and there is uniformity in assessment.  After the exams an "exam review" is held to discuss and analyse the results and constructive solutions are discussed.  The HOD's then work on a remedial programme to improve on the weak areas.  The results are discussed with the teachers who are advised on how to improve the results.

To ensure a level of high standard, each subject has a department of its own, managed by the Head of Department. 

Subjects offered in Junior Primary:

Qaaidah/Qur'aan

Arabic

Fiqh and Islamic Teachings

Islamic History

Tahdhib - Moral Education

Hifz and Practicals (Salaah, Wudu, Tayummum)

Urdu (Optional)

Literacy (where applicable) 

JUNIOR/SENIOR PRIMARY TEACHER TRAINING  -- Refer to ‘Teacher Education Institute


MADRASAH EDUCATION SECONDARY SCHOOL

Since its inception, IEOSA has been concerned about the lack of any formal Islamic education imparted to male and female learners in the secondary phase of schooling, i.e. 12 - 18 years age group.    After much consultation with secondary-school teachers, parents and other qualified personnel, a special secondary-school Islamic education programme was designed.

The focus in this curriculum was to prepare the student to meet the challenges facing the youth.  Hence the curriculum covers such topics as adolescence, boy-girl relationships, drugs, extra and pre-marital issues, etc.  A special feature of the curriculum, is its inclusion of language and Maths tuition were possible.  This incentive has proven attractive and has made the programme successful.  This programme is being implemented in several Madaaris at present.

An insert from one of the topics discussed at our High School programs:-

ADOLESCENCE

ADVICE TO YOUNG MUKALLAFOON

Once a youth presented himself before Prophet Muhammad(SAW) and seeked his permission to commit adultery.  Prophet Muhammad (SAW) questioned him in the following manner:

The Prophet (SAW) asked: "Is your mother alive?" 
The youth replied: "Yes"
The Prophet (SAW) asked: "Would you like anyone to commit adultery with her?" 
The youth replied: "Ya Rasulullah! I would greatly dislike it!"
The Prophet (SAW) asked: "Is your maternal aunt alive? Is your paternal aunt alive? Is your sister alive?"

With regard to each one of the youth's female relatives, he posed the same questions and the youth expressed his displeasure

Thereafter, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) explained to him:

The person with whom you desire to commit this act would be someone's mother, aunt or sister!

Thereafter, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) placed his auspicious hand on the youth's chest and made the following du`aa:

O Allah!  Forgive him, purify his heart and protect his chastity (private parts).                                                                                                                                                                 {Musnad-Ahmed}

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