“Beri aku 1000 orang tua, niscaya akan kucabut Semeru dari akarnya. Beri aku 10 pemuda, niscaya akan kuguncangkan dunia (Soekarno)" This powerful quote from our founding father, Ir. Soekarno, is often proclaimed at youth gatherings to inspire and motivate our younger generation who both shoulder and shape the future of Indonesia. Nourishing our youth with the correct values and skills ensure that they become globally competitive but at the same time defend the interests of Indonesia. The main goal of Al Irsyad Satya Islamic School is to ensure that every student has the necessary tools and skills to be a great Khalifah. In facing the problems of the 21st century we not only equip them with the 4 Cs - creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration but also with akhlaq (character building). We are committed to achieving academic excellence through akhlaq. Equipping students with sufficient knowledge and skills is of great importance when trying to prepare them to be current and future leaders. Al Irsyad Satya’s secondary syllabus integrates the National and Cambridge curriculum. Every student is taught to master the local content such as Civic Education, Social Science, Art and Culture, Physical Education, Quranic Studies, Arabic and Sundanese language.
The use of the Cambridge curriculum in our learning process ensures that we are committed to provide our students with a high quality international education. We also emphasize the implementation of collaborative learning in our classrooms so that students can build their critical thinking and problem solving skills while getting more opportunities for personal feedback. One of the main reasons of providing a good quality education for our children is that we believe in the Islamic value of seeking knowledge. Those who seek knowledge will be granted with unaccountable rewards, “Allah will exalt those who believe among you and those who have been granted knowledge to high ranks.” (Al Mujadilah:11)
During adolescence, teens are much more self-conscious about their identities than at any other stage in their lives. It becomes tougher with social and peer pressure around them. For that reason, we need to guide and mentor them in forging a strong and positive character. Even though some social commentators say, “not all smart people are right and not all right people are smart”, we strive to make our students intelligent and be guided by the right principles. Therefore, our philosophy is to ensure a balance between knowledge and akhlaq so that our students can be intellectually strong and possess good akhlaq. Through several programmes such as morning gathering, mentoring, class contact time, daily prayer, extracurricular activities and regular community service, the students can develop positive behavior and attitude. Likewise, those programmes support their positive development by increasing opportunities to make decisions, develop positive social values, and develop confidence by taking on leadership roles. They also learn to build links with the community and learn how to connect the dots between theory and practice. Our students must learn to adapt to the global and national challenges and also learn to embrace diversity and become good ambassadors of Islam. Your child will be ready for the challenges of this world and at the same time he/she will be preparing for the hereafter as well. At Al Irsyad Satya Islamic school, my teachers and I are focused on preparing your child to be the best that they can be. “And [mention, O Muhammad] when your Lord said to the angels, ‘Indeed, I will make upon the earth a Khalifah fil Ard.’…” (Al Baqarah: 30)
During this challenging pandemic period, we see many opportunities where students and teachers can learn to be better Muslims. The situation shows us that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is great and it has strengthened our faith and Ibadah to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala (Iman). This situation has taught us to care for each other and to help the needy. AIS Teachers will support student’s mental health in this difficult condition (Ihsan). Despite several limitations in the teaching/learning process, our school has improved in terms of the facilities in technology, teachers capabilities in multimedia skills, syllabus review and exploration of various teaching strategies during the pandemic. AIS teachers continue to search for the best practices to provide the best education possible for all AIS students (Itqon).
A. Gunawan Triwijaya