A child must be registered by a parent or legal guardian only. Parents should read the Tahir Academy Handbook and submit the registration form before the due date.
Due to various reasons, a parent may want to enroll their child in Tahir Academy after a term has already started. In such a case, consider asking the parents to read Tahir Academy Handbook and attend one full school day along with their child. After that, they should submit a complete registration form. The child should be allowed to join Tahir Academy from the 1st day of the next term.
However, exceptions to this rule can be made if the Board recommends.
Age of Students
Tahir Academy is for Ahmadi Muslim boys and girls students between the ages of 5-15 years. The student should be 5 years on September 1st and have at least 1 year pre-school experience. Any child who turns 15 during a school year should stay in Tahir Academy until they successfully graduate by passing all exams.
Children under the age of 7 should be accompanied by a parent for the whole duration of their school day unless the administration decides otherwise.
Class composition. Age based or competency based?
Students should be grouped in a class according to their age. However, the administration can place a student in a higher or lower grade based on competency.
The objective of Tahir Academy is to strengthen our Atfal and Nasirat. Please ensure that auxiliaries get a class of equal duration during the Tahir Academy day where they can go over auxiliary specific initiatives (auxiliary chanda, writing letters to Huzoor, planning for Ijtema, handicrafts, sports, preparing for Ijtema competitions or other auxiliary programs).
Gender related questions
The Board can appoint any male or female member of the Jamaat in good standing as the principal. Similarly, the Principal can appoint any male or female member of the Jamaat in good standing as a teacher or volunteer. As these members will be role models for the children it is recommended to select those who have high regard for Khilafat and thus observe prayer, pay their chanda and observe purdah. It’s a good practice to consult with local Sadr Lajna before appointing female staff.
Atfal and Nasirat over the age of 10 should be taught in separate classes. Combined classes of children over 10-years-old – in resource limited settings – could be held by one teacher with a physical screen between the two groups.
Staff and Board meetings involving both men and women should also be conducted with a physical screen in the room.
A School Day
A typical day in Tahir Academy starts at 10:00 am on a Sunday and ends after Zuhr prayers. Four classes of 40-minute each are recommended to cover the syllabus. The children also get time for lunch, salat, sports and handicrafts.
The School Year
Academic year typically comprises of a recommended 30-weekly sessions from September to June. Administration may divide the year into two or three terms. Dates when Tahir Academy is in session should be decided after consultation with local Jamaat to synchronize with other Jamaat activities. Note point number 7 in the Shura proposal: “Since Tahir Academy will operate under the Jamaat umbrella, it is vital that other Jamaat or auxiliary programs should not compete with the predetermined schedule of Tahir Academy.”
Tahir Academy typically does not operate during Ramadan, summer break and winter break. Auxiliaries are encouraged to hold their independent classes during those months if they so desire.
There will be a Final test at the end of Fall and Winter terms and a cumulative exam at the end of the Spring term. Auxiliaries will administer their own tests during the dedicated time slot for auxiliaries. The long-term goal however, is to unify all tests to align with a unified syllabus.
Boys should wear an Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya cap, a white polo shirt with Tahir Academy logo and black or tan pants with socks. Girls should wear white hijabs with loose fitting, modest clothing.
Students should not wear dresses adorned with pictures of celebrities or other offensive messages.
Administration should talk to the parents of any student who misses more than 3 sessions in a term without an acceptable reason. Student coming late and leaving early without permission will be marked absent.
Attendance should be marked ten minutes before the actual school day starts. For example, if the school starts at 10 am, attendance should be taken between 9:50 – 10 am. 10:01 am is defined as late. Students arriving more than 15 minutes after the school starts should be accompanied by a parent. The parent may be asked to talk to the on-site principal or vice principal before a student is allowed in the class. Habitual tardiness should be promptly addressed by the administration.
Early dismissal should only be allowed by the principal or vice principal onsite under exceptional circumstances. Students leaving before Zuhr Salat should be marked 1/2 absent for the day.
On time children drop-off and pick-up is the parent’s responsibility. Parents may authorize another Jamaat member to drop-off/pick-up their child only after consulting with the on-site principal.
Parents are responsible to check if their children are doing the assigned homework on time. Administration should provide real time feedback to parents in case there is a concern with a specific student’s performance.
Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
At least 40 minutes of organized and supervised sports (or other extracurricular activity) are an integral part of the school. Sports time should not be reduced or eliminated to accommodate additional teaching.
Rewards and Recognition
Administration should recognize student’s hard work by giving them awards at the end of each term or school year.
Students must be taught the responsibility and blessings that come with participating in Waqar-e-Amal. Younger students should be given age appropriate work while the older students should be asked to help out with vacuuming, trash removal, bathroom cleaning etc in the mosque.