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BDA - UNICEF-supported Tahderiyyah overcomes education challenges during COVID-19 Featured

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Delivering education during COVID-19 is a challenge for every educator. From face-to-face teaching, the mode of learning shifted to modular and online classes.

The teachers in Sakeenah Al-Islamiyah Institute, a Madrasah (School) offering Tahderiyyah (Kindergarten) in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) chose to stay positive about the current situation as they perform their duties as educators.

Samsia Nasrudin, 26, is a kindergarten teacher for four years in Sakeenah Al-Islamiyah Institute. For her, teaching during a pandemic is very different from the regular mode of teaching. Yet, she finds ways to fulfil the right of children to an education.

“First, we have blended mode of teaching - one is modular, and another is through online. There are topics that are difficult for the children to understand. As an alternative, we provide audio recorded materials and send these to the parents e.g. for Du’a (supplication) for Islamic Studies and Arabic Language (ISAL) subject,” Teacher Samsia said.

To deliver education in the new normal, the school initiated tutoring for children with the support and permission of the Municipal Local Government Unit of Sultan Kudarat.

“We started tutoring three months ago for those lectures that were hard to understand by the pupils. Still guided by the health protocols, we teach five children per session, once a week,” Teacher Samsia shared.

Her fellow teacher, Hannan Guimba, 23, is teaching the curriculum for 4-5 years old in the same school for three years. She shared that teaching is also a learning for her, as she develops love in handling younger children.

“I wanted to teach higher grades, but I realized that I am enjoying teaching younger children. Teaching Tahderiyyah is also a chance to refresh my knowledge, especially on Islamic related topics”, Teacher Hannan stated.

Teacher Samsia and Teacher Hannan are both participants to the Tahderiyyah Training supported by BDA and UNICEF in December 2020, where they acquired new knowledge that enhanced their capacity in teaching early learning.

“We learned about the modalities for the Tahderiyyah Curriculum, given the new normal. It was helpful and we adapt it to our class schedules. We also learned about new modules to add to our instructional materials”, the teachers said.

From the training, Teacher Samsia became one of the trainers.

Sakeenah Al-Islamiyah Institute, formerly a Traditional Madrasah, evolved into an Integrated School, acquired the Permit to Operate from the Department of Education in 2015 and now with the Ministry of Basic Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE). From implementing Tahderiyyah curriculum for the 3-4 and 5-years old children, the school is now catering up to Grade IV pupils.  

The school reported an increase in the number of students enrolled at this time of pandemic (from over 120 last school year to over 140 at present), since there is difficulty for some parents who were previously sending their children to the City, due to restrictions in transportation.

Sakeenah Al-Islamiyah Institute has been a recipient of the Tahderiyyah Project in the past years along with other Tahderiyyah Schools within and outside BARMM, and recently for the institutionalization and expansion of the project with the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.) as local implementing partner together with the Ittihadul Madaris Bil Philippines, Inc. (IMBPI) and support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of Japan (GoJ).


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