During our last Exco held in November/December 2018 we were grateful to have received pledges of more than $139,000 to go towards MCE. This will allow us to continue the support we are providing to madaris and the continued adoption of the curriculum.
Stay tuned on our website for progress updates.
MCE has already produced over 50 storybooks. Each storybook consists of the following sections:
Every storybook has gone through vigorous checking stages for content, design, touch and feel which also includes:
All storybooks are accommodated with a workbook which encourages the child to start thinking creatively on what they have just learned. For students above 7 years, the key features in the integrated, learner-centred lessons are:
n its seventh year of existence, the Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE) has continued to progress in the four main areas:
Developing a robust and evolving global curriculum that encapsulates regional variation, modern methodologies, support material for students, teachers and parents whilst retaining core knowledge and spiritual ethos.
Facilitating the provision of training to meet the training needs of the madrasah teachers. It would also create a body that represents Madrasah teachers globally, providing support and a forum for teachers to interact, share valuable experiences and learn from.
To create or revamp resources which can be used by students, teachers and parents and to provide a comprehensive resource centre where resources can be shared globally encouraging the development of new ideas and innovation.
Developing a process for assessment of madaris. It would create a learning environment for all where the students, teachers and institutions are assessed with a view to share good practices and continually improve.
The MCE heavily focuses on teacher training workshops which consist of Teachers Skills Programme (TSP) and Neuropsychology in Learning Programme (NPL). A third programme has been recently developed – Spiritual Development Programme (SDP). It has already been piloted with 20 teachers and rolled in the UK. MCE will be rolling this out globally from July 2019.
Teacher Skills Programme (TSP)
The overall aim of the programme is to increase the skills of madrasah teachers and to shift their attitudes and behaviours so that they may be better able to support the learning of the students in the madrasah.
By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
Neuropsychology of Learning Programme (NPL)
This programme focuses on two main areas:
In the training programme, teachers will review in detail the learning needs, energies and thinking approach for different students. They will also be able to identify the inherent strengths and challenges that they might face based on their own needs, energy and thinking approaches.
Spiritual Development Programme (SDP)
The Spiritual Development Programme (SDP) combines modern interactive teaching methods with classical Islamic scholarship to offer madrasah teachers practical advice on how they can enhance their spirituality and have a more positive impact on the children they teach. The programme is based on the teachings of the Qur’an and the Ahl al-Bayt (A), and many parts of it can be found in the works of leading scholars of Islamic Ethics.
The course is not intended to be a purely cognitive exercise but rather a catalyst for self – improvement through action.
The aims of this programme include:
As part of the work for madrasah assessment, MCE has signed up for EduCare’s safeguarding and duty of care e-learning programmes. These are:
On Saturday 25 February 2017, Essex Jamaat opened its doors to guests from the local area. People attended from all faiths and none. The theme of the event was ‘Prophets and Messengers’.
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