Habibia celebrates 50 years

2019-05-21 06:01
Former staff of Habibia Junior Madressa joined the celebration.

Former staff of Habibia Junior Madressa joined the celebration.

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After years of sincere intentions, hard work and dedication, Habibia Junior Madressa in Athlone celebrated its 50th birthday.

On Friday 26 April, they hosted a special celebration attended by some of its former learners and staff. A new logo was unveiled and the first mural was painted.

The school reportedly started from humble beginnings, when a need for a pre-school with an Islamic ethos was realised in 1969.

Fatima Dramat-Hassan, the principal at the school attributes the long existence and positive impact the school has on its community to joint efforts and compassion of the staff over the years. She says for them it is not just about educating the learners but working together with those around the school especially the parents.

Talking about the school’s contribution outside its main chore which is academics, Dramat-Hassan says the sports days they host are also highlights which bring families together on the school grounds.

The school also works closely with two old age homes, where they have learners entertaining the elderly with song and dance while staff treat them to a breakfast and goodie-bag sponsored by Gift of the Givers, annually.

Through their positive relations with the communities, the school managed to grow from a class of 20 learners to 13 classes, including an aftercare class. It now has more than 300 learners.

Dramat-Hassan says most of their former learners send their children to the school and they have learners from outside their neighbourhood and there are plans to establish an alumni and former learners are encouraged to contact the school in this regard.

One of the guests at the celebration, Sileem Ebrahim, the deputy principal for Habibia Primary which is a neighbouring school to the junior, acknowledged the school for setting a good foundation for its learners.

He says over the years Habibia Primary enjoyed, and still enjoys great relations with Habibia Junior Madressa.

“These learners are well prepared academically as well as spiritually and this facilitates the task of the Grade 1 teachers,” says Ebrahim.

He says the school still lives by the example set by its founders and they also “hope and pray that Habibia Junior Madressa continues to exist as there is a great need for such schools.”

V The school can be contacted on 021 637 8516 during school hours or via email at habibiajm@mweb.co.za.

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