Since the inception of the school, many learners who were previously turned away from mainstream educational institutions were accepted by the Ibn Masud Centre of Excellence and furthermore were accepted by those very same institutions that rejected them initially. This was due to the high standard of the programme offered at the school coupled with dedicated sincere staff.
The school caters for children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old, each having various impairments. A few common examples include:- Hearing and speech - Down’s syndrome - Autism - Muscular and cognitive disabilities - Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) - Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Slow learners
It therefore goes without saying that tailor made programmes specific to each learner’s strengths, weaknesses and disability need to be created. The principal is therefore instrumental in assessing, drawing up, and executing the curriculum.
Afternoon Madrasah is also available for the learners. The learners’ holistic needs are further enhanced by monthly parent support workshops and further skills training for staff. Individualised teaching ensures that each learner is given maximum attention and benefit to develop his/her potential and skills optimally. In addition, focus is centred on Numeracy and Literacy with emphasis on Life skills and Work skills programs. Furthermore, support services is an integral part of the child’s developmental programme is also included in the school.
Only part of the running costs of the school is subsidized by school funds. A large majority of the parents require financial assistance both for therapies and school funds. The shortfall is minimized by fund raising events, sponsorships and donations, however, there is a constant need of funding to operate and improve the standard of care for the learners.
In just a short span of time the school has increased its enrollment from the initial 4 learners in 2008 to 32 in 2014. On a daily basis new applications are received but unfortunately have to be declined due to limited resources, predominantly space as well as funding.
A humble appeal is made to the community to offer financial assistance irrespective of how big or small the contribution may be.
“You are given sustenance and victory for the virtue of those who are weak amongst you” – Sheik Yusuf Al-Qaradawi