Why The Need - IEOSA
WHY THE URGENT NEED FOR AN ISLAMIC SYSTEM OF EDUCATION?
In South Africa, we have a vibrant infrastructure which has withstood the heat of apartheid and emerged stronger than before. The structure is more than ready to accept the challenges of a rebirth of a new nation where Islam must not just be another religion but a potent force beneficial to the entire subcontinent. That is the proven characteristic of Islam.
In South Africa, no religious education is offered by the state. The policy of the state, pre and post apartheid is to provide secular education only. Thus the Islamic identity cannot be maintained. In view of this, Muslims had built their own schools in the form of integrated schools which included Islamic education and were subsidised by the State. As a result of the segregationist policies of the Nationalist (White) Party, and the introduction of the Group Areas Act, non-white communities were forced to move to outlying townships and reserves established by the oppressive apartheid regime.
However, despite the setback, Muslim communities began to re-establish Masaajid and Madaaris in these areas giving rise to the formation of hundreds of small societies catering for the needs of the individual communities. Each of these communities followed their own programs, syllabii, etc. In most instances, teachers who were employed were not adequately qualified, the syllabus was not clearly defined and the general educational standards were not adequate. Thus there was a cry from the community leaders to establish a structured madrasah education system which included in-depth Teacher Education and Training.
THE NEED FOR THE IEOSA SYSTEM OF EDUCATION
During the apartheid era, there was also a need for a structured Islamic education system. Many of the apartheid created Muslim suburbs, had informal Madaaris. This gave rise to new problems as the teachers in these informal Madaaris were not formally trained in teaching methodologies.
Alhamdulillah! In addition to this The Hajee Ahmed Mahomed Lockhat Wakuff Trust has assisted with the building of over 20 schools for the indigenous people of our country in conjunction with the leaders of these communities. In 1997 a technical college for the indigenous population in Ndwedwe, the Lockhat Training School was built and the Trust has also assisted with the building of additional classrooms at the Cato Manor Technical College.