The Islamic Schools Association of Australia (ISAA) Conference and AGM was held in Melbourne from Thursday 17 to Friday 18 August 2023 at Minaret College’s Springvale Campus bringing together senior leaders from Islamic schools nationwide.

The program on the first day was started with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an and a warm welcome by Mr Mohammed Taksim, Executive Principal of Minaret College.

In his opening address, ISAA President, Mr Abdullah Khan OAM, Executive Principal/CEO of Australian Islamic College, (Perth) set the stage for the two-day conference, affirming the historical importance of  such a gathering of top leaders from Australian Islamic schools.

“This conference serves as an essential forum where leaders can deliberate, innovate and shape the future of Islamic education; one that would augment the strong connection to our faith, while nurturing strong future members and leaders of the community,” Mr Khan said.

After the passing of the AGM minutes of ISAA for the year 2022, a number of speakers spoke on various topics according to the program of the conference.

Ms Claudia Owad, Director of People and Programs from Growth Coaching International shared frameworks and techniques to bring a coaching approach into how we teach, learn and lead.

She shed light on ways educators can use solution-focused and forward-looking coaching techniques to leverage the strengths of our students to increase self-awareness and facilitate self-directed learning.

On the second day of the conference again after the recitation of Quran, a number speakers deliberated on various topics following the set program.

Ustaz Mohammad Hannan Hassan, visiting Deputy Mufti from Singapore, set the tone for Day 2 of the conference, with a reminder of the mandate of Islamic schools to not only educate and bring up good Muslims, but to nurture khalifahs who are confident to live and function as Muslims, and who are of great benefit to their community and the humanity at large.

Mr Fazeel Arain, Principal Al Siraat College initiated a passionate discussion on setting up the “Student Wellbeing Framework for Islamic Schools.

Dr Sayed Farook, Chief Executive Officer, Unity Grammar  emphasised the importance of Strategic Planning for Islamic schools for successful outcomes.

The afternoon session was devoted to member schools’ annual reports, setting of date and venue for next AGM and conference and further lively conversations centred on Islamic schools banding together to address and work on common challenges and sharing best practices.

The Juma prayer held at Minaret College masjid was led by Ustaz Mohammad Hannan Hassan, Deputy Mufti from Singapore who deliberated on the concept of Sakinah, tranquility in the Quran during his Khutbah, sermon.

After the conclusion of the ISAA AGM and Conference, the delegates and other guests joined the Minaret College 30th Year Celebration Dinner on Friday evening 18 August 2023 at Alencia Reception in Dandenong South.

Photos courtesy of Minaret College