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Al Falah School

Al Falah School

A Concise History of the School Several years ago, a few Muslim brothers expressed concern about the education received by Muslim students in the school environment in Barbados. They decided that the time was right to start a Muslim institution catering initially to the primary level. In the year 2000, Al Falah School was therefore started, with a role of nine students. The original school was established in a rented house in George Street, Belleville with Sister Amina Lokhat in charge of the students. Sister Amina was a driving force behind the establishment of the school and provided invaluable service during her tenure.

The following year, 2001, at a meeting of local Muslims, in particular those experienced in education and social fields, a decision was made to expand the school and a property in Passage Road, St. Michael was purchased, with donations received from the local Muslim community. Another major reason influencing this decision was the increase in the school population as the role increased to 27, and in 2002 it reached 52. By that time, there were four classes and four teachers. The first batch of students took the Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Examination (Common Entrance) in 2003, and all students were successful in gaining entry to Secondary Schools. Several of the parents of these children were reluctant to send their daughters to the government secondary schools and Al Falah therefore made the bold decision to establish a secondary level for girls at the existing school. Form 1 was then established with six students. Meanwhile, the primary school continued to expand and there was an increase in the yearly intake of students. Several factors were responsible for this: the high level of teaching, the Islamic atmosphere prevailing and the moral standards maintained at the school among others. From modest beginnings, the primary classes continued to expand; at present, there are 140 students, with classes ranging from Nursery to Class 4. The Secondary level for girls also showed expansion, although at a slower rate than the primary. There are currently 40 girls, from Form 1 through to Form 5. In 2008, a decision was made to establish a boys section at the secondary level with one student entering in Form 1. The following year two students entered and at the present, there are three boys studying at the secondary level.

The current total roll call at Al Falah is 183. At present, Al Falah takes students at the pre-school level (from 3 years old). Students then proceed through to Reception, Infants A, Infants B and then classes 1 – 4, at which point they take the Common Entrance examination. At the Secondary level, classes commence in Form 1 and go up to Form 5 when students are entered for the Caribbean Examination Council examinations. In 2009, eleven girls were entered at CXC in six subjects. Since students started taking the Common Entrance and CXC examinations, the success rate has been extremely encouraging. At the Common Entrance level, several students have gone on to Harrison College, Combermere School, The St. Michael School and Queen’s College among others. At CXC level, in 2009, of the 27 subjects taken by the eleven students, grades 3 and above were achieved in 25 of the subjects. At the primary level, students are first introduced to the basic tools needed to develop their reading and numeracy skills. Then they follow a set pattern of study preparing them for the Common Entrance examination. At the Secondary level, students are taught the following subjects: Mathematics, English A and B, Geography, History, Spanish, Arabic Language, Home Economics, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Principles of Business, Office Administration, Social Studies, Needlework and Islamic Studies. The school has a computer laboratory with six PC’s, a facility for Home Economics/Needlework and a science laboratory. Students are also required to attend physical education classes. In addition, remedial classes are held during school hours as well as after school for those primary students requiring extra assistance.

Although Al Falah School is a private institution, it is still required to follow the educational guidelines as set out by the Barbados Ministry of Education. At both the primary and secondary levels, the curricula followed are those established by the local Ministry, and in each subject, the syllabus for the relevant subject is adhered to. In addition, the Ministry of Education has appointed an Education Officer who makes regular visits to the school to ensure that the Ministry’s guidelines are followed and that a satisfactory standard of teaching is maintained. Moreover, the Administration at the school is in constant contact with the Ministry, attending various meetings and generally keeping up to date with the Ministry’s policies. The school currently has a staff complement of 15 teachers. At the primary level, there are eight teachers, five of whom have undergone training in early childhood education; at the secondary level, there are 7 teachers, all of whom are university graduates and four hold further qualifications in teaching at the secondary level. As for the future, there are plans to construct another floor, which would give the school much needed room for expansion. The requirements of the society as a whole will dictate future developments at the school. As long as the Muslim society recognizes the importance of learning taking place in an Islamic environment, and are willing to ensure their children are placed in such a setting, Al Falah will rise to the challenge of expanding both physically and in terms of subjects offered.

My Teaching Experiences
M.Orma Douglin

I joined the staff of The Al – Falah Primary School in February 2007 after retiring from the Government Teaching Service where I had spent some thirty-eight years. During these years, I was assigned to teach from the Nursery classes to the class seven students. I was also involved in Adult and Continuing Education where I taught evening classes at The Foundation School, The St Michael Girls’ School and The Housecraft Centre. Immediately after my retirement, I went to London where I spent just over a year visiting family, friends and generally sightseeing. My experience at Al-Falah is a great one. I enjoy working with children and their parents. The opportunity to work with this community is a great eye-opener. I never had the opportunity to be so closely associated to this community before, although as a child my dad provided sheep, goats, ginger and turmeric for members of the community. Since joining Al-Falah I was assigned to the Class 1 students and a member of Yellow House. I embrace every opportunity to assist students and help to add a positive influence to their school experience. Sometimes we do not realize how every word which we share with students helps them to advance in life and adds to their wealth of experience for later days. I believe that “chalk and talk” is not the only way that pupils learn. I believe that sometimes we need to just chat with our students, hearing what they have to say as this helps us to better understand their thinking and solve their misconceptions. I believe that it is important to be just and fair in our relationship with students. I know that students access the adults and care givers in their surroundings and they know whether adults are impartial or not. I believe that every student should be given equal opportunities to advance in their school life. I know that this may take a longer time for some students but the most important thing is for them to move to a higher round of the ladder. I see a great future for this school. As a school providing educational opportunities for members of its community, I believe that it is making an invaluable contribution to its members. Every institution or family goes through its teething problems, but as time elapses, the teething problems are overcome. I will continue to offer whatever service I can and the experiences which I had accumulated over the years to the advancement of this institution and I wish the very best for the Management Committee, Principal, his family, staff members and their families, student body and all persons associated with the school and the Muslim Community.

If you need further information about the school, then please contact us:
Al Falah School, Passage Road, St. Michael | Tel: (246)429-8622 | email: alfalahbds@hotmail.com

Barbados Association Of Muslim Ladies

Barbados Association Of Muslim Ladies

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) has been reported to have said: “Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.”

The Barbados Association of Muslim Ladies (BAML) is an initiative aimed at providing a context whereby females from the Muslim Community of Barbados can come together to share, create, learn and have fun, on the basis of Islamic principles. The BAML seeks to foster meaningful relations amongst Muslim girls and women residing in Barbados, as well as provide a comfortable and safe social context for us to engage in activities that promote the aims of the group.

Among the objectives of the BAMG are to:

  • Educate Muslim girls and women about their roles within Islam
  • Build confidence -Boost Creativity
  • Promote sisterhood
  • Assist in promoting Islam in a positive light

We welcome all Muslim females residing in Barbados to become members of the BAML and encourage all of you to voice any ideas, comments or questions pertaining to the BAML and/or related affairs.

We ask that if you have any questions, queries or suggestions pertaining to the BAML, to please email us at baml.bb@hotmail.com

Islamic Acedemy of Barbados

Islamic Acedemy of Barbados

Islamic Academy of Barbados (IAB) is an organisation established in 1998 under the patronage of the esteem Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullah to engender a greater understanding of Islam in young and old alike amongst Muslims and interested Non-Muslims.

To achieve this aim the IAB produces leaflets on various Islamic aspects along with contemporary issues facing the Muslims of today, quarterly Journal Sa’wtus Saahil, weekly broadcast of lectures, monthly programme for children from age 10 & over, cd distribution of religious lectures, meetings with interested Non-Muslims, Youth Programme for youth over 16, Annual Da’wah Conference, Annual Sisters Conference, Annual Comprehensive Hajj Program (with demonstrations), Youth Tarbiyyah Trip (youth camp), Islamic Educational Classes, Tajweed Classes for Adults, Religious Counseling and Fatawaa Section (for Islamic jurisprudent guidance).

Contact us: Islamic Academy of Barbados P.O.Box: 830E St. Michael Barbados | t: 246 435 6563 | e: info@iabds.org  | www.iabds.org

Jamiatul Ulama (Barbados)

Jamiatul Ulama (Barbados)

The Jamiatul Ulama (Barbados) (Association of Muslim Theoligians) is an organization made up of Ulama who reside in Barbados. Its inception is to serve the socio-religious needs of the Muslim community residing in Barbados. The organization is directed and managed by Muslim Theologians only, who have studied and graduated from Islamic Universities in the field of Islamic jurispudence.

Contact info: President- Mawlana Ismail Patel 248 8775 | Secretary- Mawlana Aziz Ahmad Nana 233 1590 | email- ulamabb@hotmail.com

Muslim Funeral Trust

Muslim Funeral Trust

The Muslim Funeral Trust Inc. is a registered non-profit organization incorporated in 2001. It is made up of a Board of Directors, drawn from members of the various masajid on the island.

The MFT is entrusted with the care and burial of deceased Muslims in Barbados. The MFT has under its care sections of Westbury Cemetery, the main public cemetery, for the burial of Muslims. It also has purchased sections at a privately owned cemetery, Coral Ridge Gardens, for the burial of Muslims. The care and burial of deceased Muslims are carried out under the strict guidelines of Islamic law and observing the laws of Barbados.

For further information or in the event of a death please contact any of the following telephone numbers: 246-823-1395, 246-266-6211, or 246-233-2074.

UWI Cave Hill Islamic Society

UWI Cave Hill Islamic Society

The Univesity of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Islamic Society was formed in November 2006 and its aims are to:

  • Reach out to other Muslim students on campus, provide any information that they may need and offer any assistance.
  • Promote greater awareness and understanding of Islam on campus
  • Encourage positive engagement with the student population.

Email: islamicsociety.uwi@gmail.com | Office: Guild of Students  | Location: University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, St. Michael, Barbados

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