Allah has created every human being on Fitrah which means they are able to recognize Allah as the Creator and Quran as their Guide. Since the partition, and even before that, there was a need of revival of Islam, its culture and values. That was the focus of Allama Iqbal, and many other Muslim writers and poets who wanted to awaken the Muslims from their spiritual slumber. Muslims, today, are facing an Identity Crisis Muslims by faith but followers of Culture of the West. They imitate everything of the West, because they never were able to build their own system or identity. Everything, from language, culture, dressing, media to our very own education system is taken from the West. That has destroyed the Fitrah on which every child is born.
There is a need to revive our values, to go back to our roots. Because that is where true success lies. There is a need to change our standards and ideals of what is success. And as Muslims, we know that success is only in obeying Allah and His Commandments. We need to tailor our education system so that our generation is able to find their Identity and find pride in it. Moreover, they will be as competitive and creative as the rest and at par with the rest of the population. This is the aim of Prestige Academy.
Child’s Natural Learning Ability
We need to understand the natural learning ability of children. We learn from the Sunnah that children should not be told to pray before the age of 7. Abu Dawood (459) and Ahmad (6650) narrated from ‘AmribnShu’ayb from his father that his grandfather said: The Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “Teach your children to pray when they are seven years old, …….”Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Irwa’ (247).
This Hadith states to tell the child to start praying after the age of 7. The most important act of worship, after Shahadah, for a believer is put off till age 7. And even after that it cannot be forced on them, until after the age of 10. While we on the other hand are forcing our children to go to school as early as 1.5 years and learn how to read, write, and behave like adults. The first 7 years are extremely crucial for the development of the child. Nothing that our Deen teaches us is without a reason and centuries after this command, Modern Psychology tells us to send children to school after the age of 6. This is the Western system now. The world praises the Finnish model for ‘letting kids be kids'; on the other hand, the schools in Pakistan are cashing on the system of Preschool, booking admissions even at the time of pregnancy. This culture and mindset needs to change. We need to get out of this rat race, not for the sake of our children, but for the sake of the generations ahead.
Nurturing Each Child’s Capability
Every child is different. Every child is unique. The education system in Pakistan is based on the system that the British left behind at the time of partition. They treated people as commodities and schools as a factory line after the advent of Industrialization in the 19th century. The same teaching technique is used on every child when every child learns at a different pace, in a different way. Furthermore, their self-esteem is crushed when they are 'graded' or in other words judged for a subject they are not ready to learn. Every child is intelligent and smart, that is the belief of this school. The children will not be forced to stay inside a box, and to learn the way the teacher says. They will be taught outside the box and encouraged to learn the way they want to learn.