ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DURBAN ISLAMIC EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY (DIES) AND ISLAMIC EDUCATIONAL ORGANISATION OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (IEOSA)
After surveys were conducted it became clear, that there was a need to establish a structured and formal Islamic education system. In 1985 the Hajee A M Lockhat Wakuff Trust established the then Durban Islamic Education Society, presently now known as the ‘Islamic Educational Organisation of Southern Africa’ in short IEOSA.
The Islamic Educational Organisation of Southern Africa is headed by Qaari Ahmed Yusuff Lockhat, Graduate of Al-Azhar University - Cairo; and is involved in various levels of educational and social upliftment programs.
THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY
From the outset, the Islamic Educational Organisation of Southern Africa identified 4 main problems:-
1. The need for a structured Islamic Education curriculum, student text books.
2. Teacher Training Institution.
3. Monitoring and supervising of Madaaris.
4. Curriculum and Research Centre.
Having accepted this mammoth responsibility of improving the standard of Islamic education and realising the expertise required for making such an operation successful, our Ameer, Qaari Ahmed Lockhat travelled initially in 1985 to many parts of the world and returned with new ideas and information. The Organisation initially employed a few personnel to work on a core curriculum and syllabus and to conduct regular teacher workshops and monitor the few centres affiliated to the Organisation. In this way, we hoped to merge our Islamic education with modern techniques.
On assessing the teachers, we found that some educators were lacking in certain aspects of the learners curriculum. In order to overcome this problem, & stemming from the realisation that a successful curriculum model depends largely upon teacher ability, & resourcefulness, our research team proposed the establishment of an intensive Teacher Education Program since no institution was providing this service & no material was available. Alhamdulillah, with the demand for our services increasing and the dire need to establish a structured Teacher Education Course, we employed specialists for each subject and appointed them as Heads of Departments. Each Head was assigned an assistant and together they researched the syllabus for their particular subject and concurrently prepared teacher support material.
See IEOSA Madrasah and Publications for further details.