Note: This Page is created on Friday, 4th December 2015/22 Safar 1437, with an intention to serve those who want to appear for the KHDA’s Islamic Education Test as well as for those who want to enhance their teaching-learning skills in Islamic Studies in the UAE.
I am grateful to Sr. Sana’a for taking time to pen down her observations and experiences as a teacher and mentor of Islamic Studies.
Update 14th Dec. 2015: Please scroll below to read the news shared by Mrs. Farhana Erum.
Tokens of Advice
InshaAllaah you will come across some guidelines that will highlight the best practices the KHDA is looking forward across schools in U.A.E.
The schools across the country are trying to meet the expected requirements of the KHDA Bureau since expo 2020 in order to improve the system in education sector. Long term meetings, inspections around schools in Dubai and other Emirates is conducted yearly to ensure that good teaching and learning is evident in other subjects followed by Arabic and Islamic Education lessons.
Apart from this , all prospective teachers are expected to pass a set of rigorous tests and interviews designed by the KHDA to analyse the teacher’s subject knowledge, understanding of teaching methods and practical lesson planning skills, as a result entitling them to attain teacher’s license, likewise specialized doctors need to pass MOH exam in order to attain license to practice.
The conclusion gathered from the yearly inspection regarding inculcating Islamic and Arabic lessons can be summarised as follows:
– Bring forth real-life learning approach among the students.– Teachers need to possess ample knowledge about the Islamic culture, history and language .– Highlight and preserve the local heritage.– Teachers must qualify in tajweed skills , recitation and memorisation to avoid any fault in pronunciation.– Strong subject knowledge: students ask questions that go beyond the theme line, then books in the libraries are teachers best friends. Keep a list of important book sources for recommendation. This will inculcate reading skills.– Link the subject with the history of the worlds- cross curriculum to ensure a balance of topics across year groups .– For those teachers who teach secondary classes: emphasize on research projects which also raise the level of challenge.– Create awareness on Islamic culture and living in the UAE (nationalization and Islamization)– Creativity and Imaginary skills – Promote the lost art of calligraphy that will redefine and give life to it again. Give a task to create a logo for school using Arabic text, adding a meaning to it.– Differentiation and opportunities for SEN students – devise a simple plan in accordance with their IEP (Individual Education Plan)– Inculcate stories of Prophets and understanding of women’s rights within different religion and in grasping the importance placed by Islamic teaching on mercy and care for all the creatures.– Map out the students experiences of Islam and assess the understanding of Islamic values and awareness of Emirati and world cultures.
Teacher Farhana Erum shares the following info:
- Study the suwar in the books prescribed by U.A.E 1-12, Translation and Explanation
- The Qu’ran , the Hadith and other Sources of Islamic LawThe Life, Teaching and Achievements of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
- The Qu’ran: History of compilation
- The Kalimah and the Duties of the Believer
- The Rightly-Guided Caliphs
- The Wives and Children of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
- The Companions, Emigrants and Helpers.
- Statements of Belief and Principles of Religion Kalimah/ Arkanul Islam, Arkanul Imaan
- Belief in and the concept of Day of Judgement
- Belief in Prophethood and the finality of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
- Practical Aspects of the Religious Teaching
- Ethical Teaching
Note: If any teacher wishes to share his/her KHDA experience with others, he/she is welcome to do so.