Islamic society is founded on the principles of belief and righteous conduct. The challenges of modern times call for rebuilding the structure of our educational programme on such a foundation so as to fulfil our spiritual as well as worldly obligations says Aslam Khan, Vice President, Iqra Management Committee in conversation with ENN
The Islamic values education curriculum called for at Iqra focusses on personality and character development of children, close attention to the real needs and concerns of students and readying students with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to function successfully as Muslims in society. Keeping this in mind, the Global Education trust is providing education at par with the international standards to students coming from different strata of the society through IQRA International Pre-Primary School and Maktab (schooling).
Today, we need an education system which can produce Muslim experts in all fields of knowledge who would reconstruct the social order in accordance with the tenets of Islam. For academic education, we follow the NCERT syllabus and for Islamic education, we follow guidelines laid down by the renowned University of Makkatul Mukarramah. In fact, we have been accredited by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for the Open Basic Education (OBE) programme.
The academic section comprises English, Marathi, Hindi, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Computer Education, while the Islamic section comprises Tajweed, Hifz of Quran, Islamic Studies, Sirah of the Prophets, Word to Word English translation of Quran, Arabic Language and Hadith studies. There are a host of extra-curricular studies provided by the school such as martial arts, educational excursions, quiz, science exhibitions, sports and public speaking.
The Global Education trust had started the IQRA International Pre-primary School and Maktab in Mumbai-Mazgaon area with a mere 272 students, starting from Play group and Nursery to sixth standard in 2010. Today, the school has reached 4,000 students in a span of 4 years, spreading across IQRA branches in India.
Our vision is to develop strong and highly educated Muslims by giving them Islamic and academic education. The idea is to hone them as articulate, reflective and open to others point of view; have the confidence to express themselves and discuss ideas; and actively contribute towards their own development and the development of others.
It is our aim to impart a balanced system of education comprising of academics and Islamic studies to our children. We strive to help them excel in subjects such as Mathematics, Science, English, History, Geography, Computer Studies etc. We nurture and encourage our children to develop their innate creativity and inquisitive nature in the pursuit of academic excellence while anchoring their hearts and souls in a moral framework of a virtuous and righteous life. Everyone endeavours to create constancy of purpose towards improvement of the student and the service provided. This means that achieving our goals is dependent upon providing training for students, teachers and administrators, creating an Islamic environment and team spirit, and above all, an open door policy, as well as a positive caring atmosphere across the school.