Iqra Education Society
Iqra Education Society (IES) is a non-profit charitable organization that is committed to the development and delivery of top quality educational services that honor and promote moderate mainstream Islamic values. Since its inception, IES has worked diligently to promote Islamic thought, promote common values with other Canadian communities, establish centers of learning, and build permanent roots within the Canadian community. In an age of misunderstanding and misinformation, the society continuously facilitates the development of a friendly and open relationship between Canadian Muslims and the broader Canadian community.
Welcome – Principal’s Message
Dear Parents/Guardians of Iqra Islamic School
It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for the academic year 2017-2018. I am honoured to serve as the principal of our great school for another year and I am very much looking forward to another great year at Iqra Islamic School.
All teachers and staff are very excited to welcome our students back to the classrooms. Teachers have spent numerous hours organizing their classrooms and hallways, planning and developing research-based lessons and units, and designing leadership programs, recess clubs and most importantly Islamic character building themes and activities.
We are glad to announce the complete renovation of our library. We did not limit the renovation to only remodeling the library but we also added a set of 25 eReaders to allow for a broader selection of books and resources.
We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education.
We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
- attends school daily and arrives on time
- gets enough sleep on daily basis
- completes all homework assignments given by teachers
- reads daily for half hour to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
- shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
- Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
- Knows that you expect him/her to do well and succeed in school
From our side, we will continue to do our best to support your children. It is our mission as Iqra Islamic School teachers and administration to provide high quality education and to promote excellent personal manners, high moral values, and strong leadership skills. We do exert every effort to help every student grow and flourish in his/her own way and to feel welcomed, connected, happy and proud to be an Iqra student.
If you have any question and/or concern, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (604) 583-7530.
With my sincerest duaa,
Randa A. El-Khatib
Iqra Islamic School
Nestled deep in the hart of Old Surrey lay the foundations of the neighborhood once known as the The Port Mann community. This community was originally made up of a post office, a CNR Station, and a ferry dock. This small but vibrant community was surrounded by the many small houses of railway workers, and a small school, aptly named The Port Mann School.
This traditional 1930s style school, with its peaked roof and wooden exterior, opened in 1922 as a 2-room elementary school. It serviced the pupils of the growing community built around the CNR rail yard and dock facilities. As the shipping industry changed and the area became more industrial, the school was used as a private school and eventually closed.
This picture, taken in 1965, was provided by Ellen Edwards. She began teaching at Port Mann in 1960. She is pointing to the class room (currently the Principal’s Office) that she taught in. Left content and picture provided by Jack Brown – The development of schools in Surrey 1901-1939 In 1998, a group of dedicated brothers purchased the former Port Mann school, which had at that time been used as a training centre for Canadian National Rail. The brothers had a vision to establish an Islamic School that would uphold the Islamic tradition of great respect for knowledge, and a philosophy that student’s knowledge of the world and practice of their beliefs should be integrated into a cohesive whole to provide quality education and personal excellence. In September 1998, while renovation was taking place to welcome the pioneers of the new and only Islamic school in Surrey, a one-room school was rented in the White Rock–Surrey area with the enrolment of 16 students and school board started recruiting highly committed and qualified faculty and administration to fulfill its objectives. A few months later, Iqra Islamic School was established at the current location as a certified full-time Elementary School:
- Providing quality educational programs that integrate academic, Islamic, and Arabic studies.
- Promoting excellent personal manners, high moral values, and strong leadership skills.
- Preparing students to become good citizens and contributing members of society.
- Empowering students to seek and succeed in post-secondary education.
- Guiding students to develop life skills and interests.
Currently, Iqra as an Elementary & Junior High School (Accredited by the Ministry of Education, British Columbia) serves over 450 students from all Metro Vancouver, British Columbia.
IQRA Islamic School upholds the Islamic tradition of great respect for knowledge and an open spirit of inquiry. The rich vein of excellence in learning within the Islamic heritage is the foundation of the rigorous academic program which is intended to serve the needs of the modern world without sacrificing moral and spiritual values. Since the Islamic faith addresses the complete personality, it is IQRA Islamic School’s philosophy that knowledge of the world and practice of our shared beliefs should be integrated into a cohesive whole.
Provide Quality Education & Personal Excellence
- Provide quality educational programs that integrate academic, Islamic, and Arabic studies.
- Promote excellent personal manners, high moral values, and strong leadership skills.
- Prepare students to become good citizens and contributing members of society.
- Empower students to seek and succeed in post-secondary education.
- Guide students to develop life skills and interests.
Goals & Objectives
The central goal of IQRA Islamic School is the formation of Muslim character as described in the following statement: A Muslim pursues spiritual goals through all his/her worldly endeavors. His/her behavior embodies and reflects Islamic morals and values. Pursuit of knowledge is among a Muslim’s highest priorities, and a spirit of inquiry is the prerequisite. Faith and action work together to lead a Muslim toward higher knowledge and progress, sound individual life choices, and service to society. The school seeks to develop in our students the values which define a Muslim: honesty, compassion, respect for self and others, pride in work, a commitment to justice, and acceptance of differences.
School Board Chairperson
Dr. Mihirig is the Iqra School Board Chairperson. He recieved his M.A.Sc and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 1984 and 1987 respectively. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).
School Board Secretary
Br. Amin is the School Board Secretary. He has been with the Board since 2002. He is currently an IT consultant with BC Biomedical Laboratories.
Dr. Khaled Ramadan
School Board Member
Dr. Ramadan received his medical degree in 1997 at Tripoli University, Libya and completed his training in internal medicine in Ireland where he obtained his certificates from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) in 2000 and certificate of completion of General Professional Training (GPT) in Internal Medicine. He completed his hematology and hematopathology training in the UK with Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists of UK (MRCPath) granted in 2004. In 2008, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of the UK (FRCPath). He then went on to do a clinical and research fellowship in lymphoma, leukemia and bone marrow transplant in Vancouver from August 2005 to December 2006. He joined the Division of Hematology at St. Paul’s Hospital in Dec 2006. He currently holds an appointment at UBC as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Ramadan is very dedicated to clinical research, and has 20 peer-reviewed publications in mainstream hematology/oncology journals. He has clinical and research interest in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Dr. Ramadan completed courses and has certificates in Health Management, Health Education and Information Technology. He is the training supervisor for the undergraduate and postgraduate medical students and residents at St Paul’s Hospital, Division of Hematology. Dr. Ramadan serves on many hospital and UBC, Faculty of Medicine committees. He joined Iqra School Board of Directors in Nov 2012.
School Board Member
Dr. Ismail is a retired MD. He joined Iqra School Board in 2001. Dr. Ismail is also a director of Al-Ameen a bi-weekly Islamic newspaper serving the Muslim community of BC.
Syed Vajahath Ali
Br. Syed Ali received his bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering, and is registered as a professional engineer with EGBC, in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Before joining Iqra School Board, Syed served as a board member and volunteered for Islamic organizations in BC. He specializes in Audio Visuals Systems Integration, and works as a Technology Consultant.
Mrs. Randa El-Khatib
Mrs Randa El-Khatib possesses numerous diplomas in Education from Canada and Egypt, with specializations in the integration of Islamic education into the core curriculum. She has 22 years of teaching experience British Columbia, Canada, where she has taught most Elementary Grade levels. She joined Iqra School as Middle School teacher in the academic year 2009. She was appointed as the Iqra School Principal in 2016.
Br. Bassam Abun-Nadi
Bassam joined Iqra at the start of 2016 as the Operations Manager. Prior to joining Iqra, Bassam worked for a Microsoft Education partner, focusing on the integration of education technology programs into academic institutions all over the world. He has trained teachers all over the world in the adoption of new curriculum and learning tools. Bassam graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2010 with a degree in Political Science, and is currently working on his Masters of Education at the University of British Columbia.
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