Saturday and Sunday Schools
As part of Islamic Women’s Welfare Association’s ongoing service to the community, IWWA offers two schools on the weekend following the regular school term dates. The Saturday school is the Madrassat Riyaadus Saliheen that focuses on Qaaeeda Nurania, Quran, and Islamic studies while the Sunday school offers Arabic, Quran and Islamic studies. As IWWA is not subsidised by government funds, it relies on fees from the parents to make up for the costs of teacher wages, books and premises hire. The two schools run from 9.30am to 1pm with Hind Ouaida managing the Saturday school and Samar Dweik managing the Sunday school. Both schools have a handful of dedicated, professional and hardworking teachers who ensure each student is benefiting from the studies.
Both Sunday and Saturday school has approximately 100 students ranging from 5 years to 13 years of age. During the day at about 11.30am, students break for lunch and play. The students then attend different classrooms with different teachers for another lesson before getting ready to go home. When it is home-time, the students either await their parents to pick them up or with prior permission sought from the school, they make their own way home. Teachers ensure that students have enough homework to keep them busy till the following week while simultaneously considering the homework students receive from their public schools.
The schools regularly offer awards and certificates to the students for a variety of reasons ranging from academic achievement to best Islamic behaviour to personal development and growth. Annual report cards are also handed out. At the end of the term, students have a break up party. From the feedback and anecdotal records and observations, we have learned that even if students attend Islamic schools, they still greatly benefit from the IWWA schools. With the support of the community and the dedication of IWWA and above all, the guidance of Allah (subhanahu watala), we can be sure that IWWA will continue to offer these schools for many years to come, Inshallah