PUTTING up a school that teaches specific values and learning is very challenging as it does not only targets to impart to the students learning from the basic curriculum but as well as the values that will shape them as better individuals.
Al Munawwara Islamic School (AMIS) in Bugac Road, Ma-a, Davao City is the first Islamic school in Davao City founded in 2008 and among the 35 pioneering Islamic schools in Mindanao. The other 34 were located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
According to AMIS founder engineer CabelNurhasan, their establishment of an Islamic school is followed by the Department of Education’s (DepEd) request to them to put up an Islamic school in Davao City as part of the 1996 Moro National Liberation Front-Government of Republic of the Philippines (MNLF-GRP) agreement.
“They want the weekend Madrasah to be integrated in the Philippine educational system. So they continue to push that to eliminate the notion that terrorism comes from the Madrasah areas. To promote transparency, they want to integrate the weekend Madrasah in the Philippine educational system,” said Nurhasan.
In AMIS, as they are accredited by DepEd, they also teach the basic subjects and the curriculum based on the mandate of the government agency’s mandate. However, on top of this, they also teach five Arabic subjects based on Madrasah education. These are the Arabic language, Seerah, Hadith, Aqeedah, Fiqh, and the Qur’an.
Starting out with only kindergarten students, AMIS now teaches now K to 12 students up until Junior High School. The school is currently preparing for the inclusion of the Senior High School as well.
“We saw that the output is good. Other factor that we see is the values because the children have a huge influence of the cultural values. And they will really change. There is a reformation in the kids’ character – on how to be with the society rather than be vindictive and assaultive. We really saw the contribution of the school to our Muslim community – they have big impact. Before, we have students who are very hard-headed, some of which are transferees from public school, but now by God’s grace, they are now refined students,” said nurse RhuaidaNurhasan, wife of CabelNurhasan and co-founder of AMIS Davao.
Rhuaida said sometimes they do not think of the business side of the school prioritizing on the values and learning that the Muslim children get from their day to day school activities.
“We have a visitor before – a director from Japan – who wanted to learn the prospect of Madrasah. They want to know how to integrate Madrasah as a positive factor to mitigate terrorism. I think it became an element of positive impression that it really contributes to reduce [violence] and to look for a more peaceful way through Madrasah,” she said.
The tuition fee for AMIS vary from P18,000 to P25,000 depending on the grade school level of the students.
They are inviting Muslim parents with children who are in Kindergarten until Grade 10 to enroll in AMIS Davao as early enrollment is currently ongoing.