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REPORT BY THE SHIA ITHNA-ASHERI MADRESSA STANMORE PRINCIPAL HAJI MUHAMMED NAZARALI

Alhamdulillah over 450 students are attending the Shia Ithna’asheri Madressah which caters for a wide range of subjects for boys and girls, also for special needs children. Similarly, there are integrated classes for the toddlers. The aim is to cement Islamic influence at a tender age. There are classes where the mature students are taught teaching methods, so that they may be groomed for the future generations. New classes are being introduced for the New Year, which will change the teaching approach to the elder students.

Not only has the Madressah flourished within its four walls, but more importantly, its teachings have brought about the awareness. Students are now asking what measures they can take to ensure that their hijab is maintained outside our own environment. The influence of the Madressah has stirred interest in the children to take part in all aspects of the mosque programs. To help volunteer, public speaking and to recite qasidas. The workshops organized by Madressah have helped instill better understanding in the youth, demonstrating how they can maintain and practice good behavior and Akhlaq.
 
It was the cooperation of the parents and teachers and their keenness to ensure that the children derive the most benefit from the few hours available, which has constantly improved.
 
With this spirited legacy, my only hope is that the cooperation and assistance shown in the past will continue so that the future will produce a generation ready and awaiting the call of the 12th Imam (A.T.F.S.)

REPORT BY THE PRINCIPAL - ISLAMIC MONTESSORI SCHOOL STANMORE
SAJIDA RASHID

The school was started in the outhouse in April 1986 as a Playgroup to care for the children between the ages of 3 to 5. 14 children enrolled by the end of the first year. Progress since then has been continuous, culmination in conversion from the play group to a fully-fledged Montessori School in January 1989.
 
The curriculum is based on Dr Maria Montessori Education theories which inter alia state that young children have an unborn will and desire to learn provided that they are given the right surrounding. The children are encouraged to explore the environment to develop self-discipline, orderliness, concentration, coordination and self-control.
 
A selection of specially designed Montessori apparatus assist in the basic learning process in History, geography, arithmetic, geometry, biology, reading and writing. In addition, Islamic education by way of recitation of the Holy Quran, Salaat, Ahadith of the Holy Prophet etc is included in the school curriculum.


The progress was constantly encouraged by the Community at large responding generously to our appeals for funds to equip the school. GBP 3,000 was collected and spent on new equipment last year.
 
In January 1989 we moved into the present premises which is a purpose built school approved by the fire department of Harrow Education Council. 25 children aged 3 to 5 years attend daily.
 
At present the timings of the school is from 9:00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. hot meals are served 4 days of the week. Children bring their own lunch boxes on Fridays.
 
Transport is provided for the majority of the children. Our aim is to care for children living in areas far from the school. Thus the provision of transportation to alleviate travelling difficulties.
 
The school has the service of 2 qualified Montessori teachers, one student Montessori teacher, a trainee playgroup teacher and 2 trained teachers.
 
Consideration is being given to start a school for boys and girls from ages 5 to 7 form September 1990. A plan is being prepared and InshAllah we shall be able to report the inauguration of the school to the Community in due course.
 
This is an opportune time to express our sincere gratitude to the staff and that member of community who generously contributed financially, morally and with expertise.
 
We are indebted the Jamaat and to the Executive and managing committees for all their help.
 
Source: Souvenir Issue Newsletter - Husaini Shia Islamic Centre, Stanmore December 1989.
 
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