IEOSA TEACHER EDUCATION INSTITUTE
Upto the early 1980's, there were no Islamic Teacher Training colleges to provide the all important task of training Mu`allims and Mu`allimaats in the field of teaching professionally using a structured syllabus. Alhamdulillah the organization (IEOSA) then took on this honoured task by employing a few personnel who worked on a core curriculum and syllabus, conducted regular teacher workshops and monitored the few centres affiliated to the Organisation. In this way, we hoped to merge our Islamic education with modern techniques.
On assessing the teachers, we found that some teachers were lacking in certain aspects of the pupils curriculum. In order to overcome this problem, and stemming from the realisation that a successful curriculum model depends largely upon teacher ability, and resourcefulness, our research team proposed the establishment of an intensive Teacher Education Program since no institution was providing this service and no material was available.
Alhamdulillah, with the demand for our services increasing and the dire need to establish a structured Teacher Education Course, we employed specialists for each subject and appointed them as Heads of Departments. Each Head was assigned an assistant and together they researched the syllabus for their particular subject and concurrently prepared teacher support material.
In this way we implemented an intensive bi-weekly 2 year Diploma Course for training Madrasah teachers including specific methodology even to the extent of providing new teachers with on-site training commonly known as block teaching. In addition to the imparting of knowledge in the respective Islamic subjects, our courses, in order to fulfil the educational needs in our environment includes subjects like Chalkboard techniques, Methodology, Psychology, Study Skills, First aid and Literacy.
Our teachers are given practical training in Arabic, Urdu and English writing techniques as well as guidelines on the effective use of the chalkboard. The Head of Department of our Psychology Department has devised a special course dealing specifically with the problems that the teacher would face in the Madrasah situation. While the subject lecturers discuss specific methodology related to their particular subject, our courses also includes general methodology where teachers are trained on techniques of effective classroom management, including keeping of progress records, marking of registers, filling in of lesson plans, and prep books, etc.
In the Teacher Education program the teachers are made to realize that they need not only be persons of learning but also persons of virtue and piety, whose conduct may have an impact upon the young minds. IEOSA impresses upon the fact that it is not only what they teach that matters; what they do, the way they conduct themselves, their deportment in class and outside, must all conform to the Islamic idealism which the pupils would imitate. Course requirements are, self-study, tests, assignments, micro-teaching, and a final examination followed by a Diploma to successful students.
IEOSA PRE-SCHOOL/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT/KINDERGARTEN TEACHER TRAINING ACADEMY
Alhamdulillah IEOSA was the first to introduce an ‘Integrated Pre-Primary Teacher Training Course’ to its foundation phase teachers. The course was designed by merging the Islamic and secular content in a methodical, structured manner. Learners aged 3,4 and 5 previously attended the secular pre-schools in the mornings and if there was a madrasah catering for them in the afternoon they were sent here, but, were not taught any constructive work suitable for their age. Alhamdulillah we realized the need for a structured integrated syllabus and produced one after much research by qualified personnel. The formation of this syllabus meant that this age group of learners would attend the morning school at which Islamic and secular studies would be done with them.
The next step was an obvious one, being that, if a prepared syllabus was given to the teachers they themselves had to be trained how to implement an integrated syllabus in order for it be successful. Alhamdulillah this then gave rise to the first Pre-Primary/Kindergarten Teacher Teacher training course which is offered twice a week as a 1year course (Mornings : 8h15 to 12h15). Students are taught and trained to meet the needs of a child in the different areas from an Islamic perspective. The Islamic subjects are vital in the Teacher Training Course.
Islamic Subjects taught:-
Hifz - Surahs and Duas
Salaah - Practicals
Fiqh and Islamic Teachings
Secular subjects taught:
Health which includes first aid
Readiness which includes:
a) The holistic development of a child
b) Sensory Motor skills
c) Numeracy skills
d) Literacy skills
e) Life Orientation
f) Practical Life skills, etc
g) Equipment making / Teaching resources
This is done to help teachers with various activities that can be implemented in class when the teacher is teaching for eg. Maths, Writing and Reading. These activities encourage the pupils to grasp the concepts more easily. It helps the child to develop physically, socially, emotionally, aesthetically and intellectually.
Psychology is taught so that the teachers are able to deal with and understand each child's total development. Methodology is done to show the different methods of implementing different concepts using modern teaching techniques. Students are also sent on school visits which assist them to get a feel of the classroom atmosphere and to gain experience whilst studying.
The examination requirements and criteria for promotion are the same as those that are applicable for the Madrasah Education Program. Course requirements are, self-study, tests, assignments, micro-teaching, and a final examination followed by a Diploma certificate to successful students.