Book Chapter or Conference Paper Title

Madrasa schools in East Africa: An islamic perspective in holistic education

Document Type

Book Chapter

Book Title or Conference Proceedings Title

International handbook of holistic education

Department

Institute for Educational Development, Karachi

ISBN

9781138082656

Editor

John P. Miller, Kelli Nigh, Marni J. Binder, Bruce Novak and Sam Crowell

Publisher

Routledge

City

New York

Abstract

Whole Child Education offers the possibility of mitigating some of the prevalent ruptures created through economic, social, cultural, and personal fragmentation. The Madrasa Schools in East Africa provide a holistic early learning model rooted in the traditional madrasa framework in Islam through an integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum, specifically designed for Muslim children. This might serve as developmental model for education in parts of the world where challenges of access to education are enormous. The Madrasa schools challenge the negative perceptions of Islamic education. They produce children who are caring and who do not have to abandon their language, tradition, and culture to become cosmopolitan and successful in the contemporary world. The children are empowered to transform these dimensions of their identity constructively and inclusively.

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