Whilst attending the triennial conference in Dar es Salaam, Al-Haj Naushad Mehrali, the Head of Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE), took the opportunity to visit other places in East Africa to update the Madrasah management and teachers on MCE’s activities and to engage with them.
Mombasa 22 May 2014
Around 40 people were in attendance, including Madrasah teachers, administration staff and community leaders. It was a lively, 2-hour session with many questions asked. Al-Haj Naushad was given a guided tour of Jaffery Academy by the Principal, Minhas Tejani, who has participated in some MCE programmes.
Nairobi 24 May 2014
Approximately 20 teachers were present at the Saturday afternoon session, 16 of them female. Once again, the same format as in Mombasa was used and the session lasted for just over 2 hours. The teachers were pleased that MCE was reaching out to them and 3 of them have volunteered their services for MCE. As there was Madrasah in the evening, Al-Haj Naushad managed to observe some lessons in class. On the following day, he had a useful meeting with members of the Education Board who were keen to pursue the AQA course in Islamic Studies in the community school.
Arusha 26 May 2014
39 participants (29 female, 10 male) attended the pre-maghrib session for one hour. A short presentation on MCE was followed by questions from the attendees. Later in the evening, after the mehfil of Me’raj, Al-Haj Naushad addressed the congregation. He emphasised the need for greater parental involvement and support for the Madrasah. He managed to interact with members of the community, including the Resident Alim.
Mwanza 27 May 2014
Al-Haj Naushad visited the Madrasah (Vision Learning Centre) in the evening. The Principal, Br Ali Zafar, showed him around the Madrasah. The high standard of Qur’an recitation across all ages was particularly impressive. After dinner, a session was held with the teachers. Br Murtaza Alloo, under whom the Vision Learning Centre is operating, was present too. His final comment was, “Whoever thought of MCE, it was a brilliant idea!” The teachers were very keen to know when the lessons in the new curriculum would be coming out.
The questions which were raised by the participants in all the places covered MCE’s work in curriculum development, teacher development, learning resources and assessment and evaluation. The overall feedback was very positive.
Qur’an recitation class in Mwanza
Through the support provided by The World Federation, NISA has been able to print and distribute their magazine, which aims to show a compassionate face of Islam by promoting family values. The magazine has been very well received and reaches 1500 homes.
Every experience in life should be seen with positivity and such was the case with this course, Alhamdulillah. From the beginning few days of anxiousness, confusion, uncertainty, and solitude, we quickly became brothers.