So high [above all] is Allah, the Sovereign, the Truth. And, [O Muhammad], do not hasten with [recitation of] the Qur’an before its revelation is completed to you, and say, “My Lord, increase me in knowledge.”
Surah Taha verse 114
Among the many beneficial programmes and initiatives funded by Zakat is the development of textbooks and Islamic education curriculum. It is crucial that the curriculum and educational resources are pilot-tested and feedback sought from small focus groups meetings and trainings to ensure a holistic, sound, and high-quality standard of Islamic education in Singapore.
Zakat also funds the continuous development of both the leadership and teaching staff of our Madrasah fraternity. Our Madrasah principals are supported by Zakat funds to onboard leadership programmes such as ‘Leaders in Education – International’ (LEP-I) programme. In addition, current and potential middle management leaders have been offered sponsorship to attend the Management and Leadership in School (MLS) 2 programme.
Muis also collaborated with the National Institute of Education (NIE) to create the Customised Leaders in Education Programme (CLEP) specifically for the Madrasah sector. On the ground, the asatizahs went through extensive training in content, pedagogy and assessment which are critical for the successful delivery of the new Joint Madrasah System (JMS) curriculum.
Madrasah & Education Sector
Assistance & Development
Under the Progress Fund Madrasah Assistance Scheme (PROMAS), an assistance scheme funded by Zakat is provided to less privileged students. In addition, Muis introduced the PROMAS Performance Award to reward high performing secondary and pre-university PROMAS recipients. Under this new award, eligible students received additional assistance to help pay for their school expenses, meals and transportation allowance.
Under asnaf Riqab too, Muis disburses Zakat funds to extend help to needy students outside of the Madrasah sector. This comes in the form of a direct grant to Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud (LBKM) or the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Memorial Scholarship Fund Board to help less fortunate students pursue higher education of their choice.