In 1983, ICNSW was granted approval to provide Special Religious Education by the Department of Education. Initially, its small team of dedicated volunteers ran classes which served around 200 students.
Special Religious Education encompasses religious knowledge, scripture studies as well as the ethics and practices of the prophet Muhammad, may God’s peace and blessings be upon him.
Currently we have there are 20 regional volunteer supervisors and 540 volunteer teachers. Together, they deliver over 1,300 sessions for over 28,000 students in 350 schools every week.
Over 500,000 students have benefited from our program over the years and many will testify to the value ISRE had given them when growing up.
Our ISRE program is 100% donation driven and we do not receive any funding from NSW Department of Education or the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God, His angels and all those in Heavens and on Earth, even ants in their hills and fish in the water, call down blessings on those who instruct others in beneficial knowledge.” At-Tirmidhi, Hadith 422
In the spirit of the Islamic tradition of seeking knowledge, ISRE (Islamic Special Religious Education) was established over 21 years ago as a means to encourage the development of an Islamic identity and educational grounding in Muslim youth in New South Wales.
Since its inception, ISRE has worked within the community to establish Islamic education within public schools across NSW. ISRE aims to teach all students a range of foundational principles that are an integral part of fostering a sense of Islamic Identity, regardless of their knowledge level. ISRE works with dedicated staff to provide a quality educational service for all students, which is delivered by a team of dedicated teachers that work in both primary and secondary schools.
ISRE, from the beginning has been steered by a dedicated team of primarily volunteers, who direct their time and efforts toward working for the betterment of our children.
Our teaching staff receives annual training and continual support throughout the school year to ensure the delivery of quality scripture classes to our students.
The ISRE team is comprised of the following: