October 12, 2010

Over 80 Islamic School Administrators Gather for Islamic Teacher Education Program Launch

TORONTO – On October 12th, 2010 Razi and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) hosted over 80 administrators from Islamic schools across Ontario to officially launch the Islamic Teacher Education Program (ITEP). Dr. Sarfaroz Niyozov (Professor, OISE/UT) spoke on the significance of launching ITEP at the University of Toronto.

The launch event featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Nadeem Memon (Director of Education, Razi). “It’s nice to see such excitement for the program here in Toronto” said Dr. Memon. “Toronto has the largest concentration of full-time Islamic schools than any other city in North America — so this is a critical market for us.”

Attendees were comprised of principals and lead teachers from over 25 Islamic Schools across Southern Ontario. “I’ve been waiting for something like ITEP for a long time” said a participant from London, ON.

ITEP will be the first online teacher training program offered for full-time Islamic schools. It explores the higher aims of education in Islam and its implications on curricula and classroom instruction.

The majority of registrants of the program are expected to come from the Toronto metropolitan area. Since the program will be conducted online, it is open to a global audience.

The program’s first cohort of participants will begin in January 2011.

About OISE – The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (Institut d'études pédagogiques de l'Ontario de l'Université de Toronto), OISE, is an international leader in initial and continuing teacher education, graduate studies in education, and education research.

About ITEP – The Islamic Teacher Education Program (ITEP) is an online professional development program designed specifically for full-time teachers in Islamic schools. The program was developed by Razi in collaboration with the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

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