6 September 2020
1. The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) will inject $1 million in the form of training credits for some 4,900 Asatizah Recognition Scheme (ARS)-certified asatizah. The Continuing Professional Education (CPE) panel will also review and refresh the CPE curriculum. There will be a stronger focus on skills development for greater alignment with our vision of future asatizah. These efforts are introduced to further develop the asatizah sector as it has played an imperative role in helping the Singaporean Muslim community navigate through new socio-religious norms amidst COVID-19, and will continue to do so.
2. These initiatives were announced earlier today by Minister for Social and Family Development, Second Minister for Health and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Mr Masagos Zulkifli. In his virtual address to senior asatizah, Mr Masagos rallied asatizah to take advantage of available developmental opportunities that will strengthen the fraternity. This will put them in good stead to lead the Muslim community and concurrently contribute to the larger Singaporean society.
3. The seven-member expert panel consisting of asatizah involved in various fields will be led by Deputy Mufti Dr Mohammad Hannan Hassan. The panel will seek to achieve three main aims of developing: 1) a holistic CPE framework; 2) a refreshed curriculum blueprint with a stronger focus on skills development and; 3) an integrated learning management (ILM) system to facilitate a seamless and efficient development process.
4. Ustaz Dr Mohamed Qusairy Thaha, Member of Asatizah Recognition Board and Head of Darul Quran Singapore said:
“Asatizah play crucial and significant role in a community. And with that, the move to make courses offered under CPE more comprehensive is apt, at the same time fill the knowledge gaps and complement core skills which asatizah already possess. The job of the review panel is important as we engage members from the asatizah fraternity to find ways to ensure the sector’s competitiveness, able to meet and help the community overcome current (COVID-19) and future challenges. In addition, credits provided by Muis will enhance support and further spur our asatizah to undertake new and relevant courses.”
5. Ustazah Siti Aishah Abd Samad, Principal of Learning Islamic Values everyday (aLIVE) Programme at Masjid Assyafaah shared:
“Having attended the Digital Workplace: Educators Edition with my team of teachers, it opened up many opportunities for us to explore and apply a wide range of technology-based software as well as supplementary tools that facilitated our delivery in class – making lessons more engaging and interactive.
As majority of asatizah are educators who impart religious knowledge and values to the community, it has become necessary for us to make concerted efforts to upskill and getting ourselves well trained to bring about optimum learning experiences for our students and the wider Muslim community.”
6. Each asatizah will be given $200 worth of credits to offset the cost of CPE courses after the SkillsFuture subsidy. Asatizah can use these credits to enroll in courses under the five skill categories that were identified by Muis - Digital Literacy, Digital Marketing, Technology-Enabled Learning & Delivery, Grit & Resilience, Personal Development and Teamwork and Collaboration.
MAJLIS UGAMA ISLAM SINGAPURA