Kids step out for class

2016-03-08 06:00
These walkers stepped out in style during the fun walk of the Islamic Life Madrassah in Kensington, which it held on the Sea Point Promenade.

These walkers stepped out in style during the fun walk of the Islamic Life Madrassah in Kensington, which it held on the Sea Point Promenade.

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Walking in a unique setting is all part of the classroom experience, as the Islamic Life Madrassah in Kensington showed when it hosted a fun walk on the Sea Point Promenade. Event coordinator Mogamat Tayyib Hessen says the day was enjoyed by all participants.

The walk started at the President Hotel and ended at the Green Point urban park.

“Our curriculum is aimed at the balanced growth of the total personality of the human being, which includes both ‘worldly’ and religious instruction. We encourage our teachers to use different methods of teaching, including Montessori teaching methods, outdoor excursions and community work, to convey our curriculum,” says Hessen.

He explains the funds raised are important for the running of the madrassah.

“Our vision is to develop and inculcate a holistic understanding of Islam as a complete way of life, in harmony with the natural manner of the universe,” he says.

“Due to the daily challenges faced by the youth in our area, a few members of the community established a non-profit organisation that will support the youth in our community.

“Our first classes commenced in 2009 with 35 registered students and three teachers and we have grown to seventy students and six teachers with over forty years’ combined teaching experience.”

He explains that while its core focus is religious instruction the school also strives to give the students the skill sets needed to prepare them for the future.

“We aim to awaken in the student the notion of investment in education as a lifelong policy and therefore encourage the outdoor classroom with our excursions, hikes and educational tours.

“In Islam, knowledge and the pursuit thereof are deemed sacred tasks, and there is no distinction between the truth of revelation and worldly knowledge.

“Moreover, instead of pupils being passive receptacles, they become thinking individuals with a place where information and fresh ideas are exchanged, and where the world can be explored on their terms.”

V For more information about activities at the madrassah call 083 251 2447.

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