Dar Nafisa Academy Incorporated (DNA) is established with the objective of nurturing our young Muslims to attain a greater appreciation and an in-depth understanding of the Islamic ethos and principles through inquiry-based lessons.
The objective stems from the academy’s philosophical underpinnings of acquiring Islamic knowledge beyond the traditional rote approach of memorising factual details and information. In doing so, the academy strives to produce critical thinkers who readily analyse, synthesise and reflect upon the knowledge they have gained.
This learning framework serves as a platform for students to transfer knowledge to the real world context where a deeper awareness of Islamic principles and values are achieved.
Dar Nafisa Academy is open every Sunday during school term. Please visit the website’s Contact Us page for more details on our location and operating hours.
Programs at the Academy
Character Building is Dar Nafisa Academy’s core primary curriculum’s objective.
The Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be unto him) Seerah constitutes a major component in the curriculum. Learning extends beyond the facts and details of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) life and the major events which he partook. Students are facilitated through pertinent aspects of the Seerah with a critical lens.
The above framework propels students to appreciate and internalise the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) many best practices and in turn emulate his benevolent character. Students also examine how the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) exercised just, fairness and compassion through the multitude leadership roles he shouldered.
They will also study and analyse the Prophet’s profound wisdom, clarity of thinking and good judgement. Ultimately, students will develop a greater appreciation of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and look up to him as their beacon of guidance.
The curriculum has been designed to also ensure that students regularly work in cooperative learning settings where they take on leadership roles and learn to value the opinions of others. Group tasks and activities are paramount in fostering healthy and positive working relationship, essential skills required to thrive in the real world.
Students also have extensive opportunities to role play and present their novel ideas to the class. The rich learning experiences not only enhance students’ confidence in effective communication but cultivates their tenacity to navigate independently through the complex labyrinth of the world.
The Youth Curriculum is designed to achieve core outcomes of nurturing thinking and responsible citizens of the world who will consciously guide themselves with Islam’ tenets and principles. Bearing in mind the neurological development of the adolescent brain, lessons are designed to tap on the adolescent’s pre-frontal cortex where higher thinking skills are developed. In addition, it is highly imperative that lessons are a platform for students to marvel at the linguistic brilliancy and perfection of the Al Quran.
The above objectives are achieved through in-depth analysis of selected chapters from the Quran. Apart from having a clear understanding of the chapters’ content, students are guided through a scaffolding process of verses in the Quran with big thinking questions. The analytical process involves studying the style and technique of the revelation for each Surah, developing an awareness of the context in which the Surah had been revealed and deconstructing the metaphorical symbolisms of specific vocabulary in the verses. Writing tasks make up a major component of the youth program. High expectations are also expected of students in their application of knowledge on the Quran through various writing genre.
Bridging the message and wisdom of the Surah studied to the current context is key in highlighting its relevancy. Students thereby learn to employ specific tools outlined in the Quran in seeking solutions for prevailing problems in society. These include the problem of radicalisation among our youths, Islamophobia and racism in general, causes and effects of domestic violence, the rights of women in all facets of society and the rise of a capitalist-driven market. This will not only sharpen students’ potential roles as effective problem solvers. It also cultivates a deeper appreciation of the goals and purpose of Islamic jurisprudence.
The Tajweed Program which comprise of 4 modules aims at equipping students with the skills and knowledge of reading and writing phrases or short sentences from the Quran with basic Tajweed rules. The module which is a step by step progression has also been thoughtfully designed to incorporate hands-on activities and analytical thinking.
More importantly, students’ motivation to learn is enhanced in a more supportive and non-threatening environment.
A highlight of the Tajweed Program is the shift from a traditional approach of teaching and learning Tajweed to a more interactive and engaging classroom setting. This accelerates the mastery process of reading the Quran with precision. Students learn to apply specific Tajweed rules in selected short Surah. They are also guided through an analytical process to determine how certain letters and vowel signs are employed to highlight or bring an impact to the message conveyed in the Surah.