As an extension of their classroom studies, participants in OLLI's "Islam in the West" Study Group visited the Daarul Uloom Islamic School in Peoria.
There are currently 160 students enrolled in K1 through 8th grades (except 7th) with a staff of 21 teachers. During the tour, Mohamed Salem discussed the significance of knowledge for children, their personal growth, and how the family, media, community and school interact.
He also detailed the school curriculum, explaining how the school strives for high academic standards and educational excellence to prepare the students to become productive and responsible members of our global society.
Study Group co-facilitator and OLLI Curriculum Chairperson Bob Beckenbaugh thanked the staff for their hospitality and graciousness in answering the participants' questions. "We all gained a much deeper knowledge of and respect for the school and a better understanding of Islam and how Muslims face assimilation into the West through education," Beckenbaugh said.