Welcome to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast. I appreciate you stoping by and listening to the first episode of the show. Let me introduce myself, the person behind the mic. I am Zahra Osman, educator, mom, and social entrepreneur. I have a vision for uplifting our cause as an ummah and I’m convinced education is the key. I don’t have all the answers, but through podcasting and interviewing other Muslim educationalists, I hope to inspire a movement for Islamic pedagogy.
To kickstart this episode, I’m sharing the mic with my wonderful friend and partner in ambitions, Roda Omer. Roda is a homeschooler, consultant, and entrepreneur. Apart from helping administrate the Toronto Muslim Homeschoolers, she’s an expert in the field of networking, event coordination, management, fundraising and consulting. She has over a decade of work in program management and executive leadership for several major city-wide conferences, conventions and initiatives (e.g. Journey of Faith, Being Me, Nikah Wedding Convention, Women’s Health Expo). Her entrepreneurial drive has been fueled by the desire to orchestrate her vision to empower and encourage other women to the freedom and expertise of entrepreneurship. So her perspectives are always valued.
In this episode, Roda and I introduce you to the show and walk you through some of the ideas and goals behind the MakkahCentric Education podcast. I am the host of the show, but in this episode Roda is doing the interviewing. Listen to her critical questions and hear us out as we discuss some of the educational challenges Islamic schools experience while exploring possible solutions to help overcome them.
This is the first podcast of its kind, and possibly the first platform aiming to bring Muslim experts together to discuss and share strategies on helping us enrich the learning journey of Muslim students. Listen, subscribe, and comment. Be part of the movement.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- The idea behind the MakkahCentric Education podcast and how I came up with it.
- What is makkahcentric education and what it may look like
- What Islamic schools are missing
- Why western models of schooling don’t work well in Muslim majority countries
- Why culture and identity are so important in the learning process of the child
- How I started integrating Islam into teaching when I didn’t know what integration was
- Why separating secular subjects and religious subjects is not effective for Muslim youth
- Why we should acknowledge the efforts of Islamic Schools but be critical as well
- The role parents play in improving Islamic schools
- Some examples of how to provide a spiritually transformative learning experience
- Reflecting on the problems of our youth, its causes, and how Islamic schools contribute or help solve
- Who is this podcast for
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Special thanks to Roda for joining me this week. Until next time, ma’a salam.