INTRODUCING THE SMART READER KIDS ISLAMIC™- SMART TADRIS™ PROGRAMME TOWARDS A SMART MUSLIM GENERATION
The early years provide an excellent opportunity for Muslim parents to focus on inculcating Islamic values in their young ones as it helps to develop their faith and character. While it is imperative for parents to teach their children basic Islamic knowledge, it is also necessary for them to acquire excellence in academics as well. Realising this, Muslim parents everywhere are constantly looking for preschools that offer holistic Islamic early childhood education for their young children.
Acknowledging that there is a growing need and demand in this area, Smart Reader® Worldwide, the international award winner and leading provider of early childhood education in Malaysia, launched Smart Reader Kids Islamic™ based on a product named Smart Tadris™ for Muslim children as young as three years old.
The programme was launched recently under the theme ‘Towards a Smart Muslim Generation’ at Dewan Warisan, Jalan Kolam, Kangar, Perlis by the Royal Patron of Smart Reader Kids Islamic™, Raja Muda Perlis, Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail and his royal consort, Raja Puan Muda Perlis, Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil. The launch was held in collaboration with Perlis State Government and Majlis Agama Islam dan Adat Istiadat Melayu Perlis (MAIPs).
Also present were Exco Pembangunan Wanita dan Masyarakat Perlis, Rela Ahmad, Exco Agama Islam Perlis, Khairi Hassan and Mufti Perlis, Datuk Murshid Diraja Dr Juanda Jaya. Tuan Haji Zakariah Bin Isa, Imam Besar of Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan serves as the Advisor for the programme.
Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Syed Faizuddin said that a holistic education and teaching system has to take into account values that are built on Islam.
“The formation of a child’s personality becomes more effective through the development of a curriculum that meets the standards and proves to be relevant, conducive, creative and innovative,”added Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, who is also the Yang Dipertua of MAIPs.
Driven by the vision to produce generations of knowledgeable scholars and individuals who are proficient in reading, researching, interpreting and exemplifying the teachings and practices found in the Quran, the Chief Executive Officer of Smart Reader® Worldwide, Dr Richard Ong said, the Smart Tadris™ programme was developed in accordance with the National Education Philosophy, Kurikulum Standard Prasekolah Kebangsaan (KSPK), Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR) and J-QAF.
“We are confident and committed to respond to the needs and aspirations of the Muslim community, in nurturing their children to become aspiring leaders of tomorrow. As most would know, children are highly inquisitive by nature. In order to achieve positive learning outcomes for every child, the creative and innovative ‘Islamic fun learning’ approach developed by Smart Reader® Worldwide focuses on helping them to learn about Islam in a fun and engaging manner. Providing them a holistic education while they are still in their early years will prepare these children for school and life, “added Dr Ong.
Prominent experts from Masjid Negara, namely, Ustaz Mahadi Bin Dahlan, Ustaz Mohd Zuhairee Mohd Yatim and Ustaz Muhamad Faisol Bin Munjir designed and developed the Smart Tadris™ curriculum to ensure it conforms to the standards set by religious authorities so that children will be well-equipped with the necessary competencies when they enter Year One.
Ustaz Mahadi, sharing his thoughts on the programme, said “The textbooks were developed to essentially focus on Iqra’ and Quran Rasm Uthmani. Learning Arabic becomes more fun for the children as they will be exposed to Arabic words that are commonly used in Bahasa Malaysia, such as ‘arnab’ and many others. We certainly hope the curriculum can produce a generation of young Malaysians with good moral character and full of knowledge,”
The Smart Tadris™ curriculum comprises, Islamic subjects such as Iqra’, Quran, Ibadah, Aqidah, Akhlak, Jawi and Arabic. The curriculum also includes Smart Reader® subjects, such as, Smart Reader™ English, Smart Maths™, Smart Bacaan™ and Smart Science.
Apart from applying creative and innovative teaching methods that encourage children to develop a passion for lifelong learning, the curriculum also serves to foster the development of good behaviour and high moral standards.
At the launching of Smart Reader Kids Islamic™ Smart Tadris™ programme were the Raja Muda Perlis, Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, his royal consort, Raja Puan Muda Perlis, Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil, the Management of Smart Reader® Worldwide.
The talented children of Smart Reader Kids® and the Jiil Az Zikr nasyid group from Maahad Integrasi Tahfiz Sains dan Teknologi, Klang performing a moving number at the launch.