Local Islamic education start-ups have also migrated to online learning and teaching for its students and educators as the country embraces social distancing measures to curb COVID-19 spread.
Faced with the choice of cancelling scheduled classes, Al-Huffaz management, a local start-up that matches Quran teachers to the homes of students for Quran recital class, have adopted different remote learning approaches ensure continuity to the teaching and learning process.
Its chief executive officer and founder Hj Loqman Al-Hakim Hj Hamdan said that he was worried that with most of the face-to-face classes postponed, the situation would affect the revenue for many of the Huffaz educators.
For the business, in an effort to maintain teaching continuity, it is planning to offer interactive one-to-one Online Quran with Tajweed lessons.
“The course is structured around proper pronunciation and recitation of the Quran. The holy Quran is more than words on a page and each word has meaning for a Muslim’s life,” he said.
After the ministry of education announced that students were to study from home as a measure to contain the spread of the virus, more than 1000 students of Al-Huffaz have migrated online.
“We have already conducted 20 classes ever since and the classes are flexible in terms of length and time,” said Hj Loqman.
Although the move to online have been positive so far, it was not without its challenges.
He said that shifting the classes online is particularly a challenge given students’ unequal access to technology devices and internet connections.
“Some of our students don’t have access to the internet, making them unable to join online learning and especially some of our older students who are also tech-challenged,” he said.
He added that Al-Huffaz Management has provided their educators with the tools and resources they need to successfully implement their Quran lessons online.
“We would provide free wifi for our Huffaz educators to conduct the online classes at our office but with limited slots to maintain social distance,” he said.
Moreover, the start-up has also been hosting free live-stream Quran recitation via Instagram and Facebook for the public to join in.
NQLC utilises e-learning apps
Similarly, Nadi Quranic Learning Centre (NQLC) have seen a 50 per cent drop in attendance during the first week of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
The Quranic centre has been transitioning their hands-on teaching through digital learning by actively using e-learning apps and remote conferencing platforms such as Skype and Zoom.
“Alhamdulillah as time progresses, people are slowly adapting to the current environment and our classes are slowly returning to its full capacity,” said NQLC Manager Nor Azimah Rosli.
According to Azimah, since the online classes started this past weeks, approximately 400 students have joined.
“We have already conducted a variety of classes online with 50 classes for adults and 30 classes for children,” she added.
Moreover, teachers from the Quranic centre came up with a creative and fun ways for the Quran lessons to transition to online from interactive learning featuring entertaining and educational games.
“Our engagement with the student and our delivery of content will have to be adapted accordingly. It is not the same for the children nor the adults,” she further explained.
A week into the online lessons, Azimah said that feedback from both parents and students have been positive
“For the most part, they find the classes not only as a way to make them more proficient in the quran-reading but also for them to socialise and interact with their friends and peers from the class,” she said.
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN