Day #2 in Egypt was our day to have group sessions with our teachers. We had breakfast with our Shohadaa teachers & lunch with our Shibin teachers.
Our Shohadaa centre has been operating for the last 3 years Alhumdullilah and is home to our 10 active teachers (4 male & 6 female). We used the group session as a means of reinforcing the need to have highly effective teachers. We used videos of student interviews to highlight the impact that their work can have on the life of our students. Rather than spoon feed the concepts, we asked the teachers to give us their thoughts after watching the videos. It was really pleasing to see that the majority of teachers were able to identify the following:
#1 – Teachers need to have a good command of the English language, in order to ensure that they can communicate effectively with their students.
#2 – The work that the teachers are doing can impact generations to come.
#3 – The reward associated with teaching the Qur’an is soo huge, that it must come with equally large challenges, which teachers need to embrace.
#4 – It is very important for teachers to come down to the level of the student, and tailor their teaching style to that of the student.
#5 – Bad teachers can turn a student away from the Qur’an and Islam and so it is important that teachers work very hard to instil the love of the Qur’an in their students (FYI, incidentally one of the interviews we showed the teachers was that of our oldest student who is in his late 80’s. He spoke about the fact that he ran away from the Qur’an when he was young because his teacher used to hit him whenever he made a mistake)
and the list goes on …
Our Shibin teachers are currently in training, and so the emphasis of the group session was a little different with them. It was more about setting expectations and being proactive with some of the lessons learnt from our Shohadaa experience. This group we have taken on fill me with a lot of optimism for the future inshaAllah. Amongst them is a Sheikh who has an Ijazaah in all 10 Qiraat. Which timezone should he teach ? My vote is for Australia.
So at the end of our Shibin session, I was asked if I wanted a tea. I opted the green tea that I saw lying on the bench. When the centre secretary was taking orders from the others, he asked if they would like Blue Tea (referring to what we otherwise call black tea).
Much more to write, but I’ve run out of time.
Until next time.