Primary School Educators

Head of Department - Foundation Phase – Mrs M. Khan

Higher Diploma in Education
Honours in Educational Management

Profile : Qualified as an educator in 1994. Served as an educator in the public sector for 11 years. Joined the private sector at the Al Azhar School of Durban as the Head of Department, Intermediate Phase in 2008. After serving 5 years in this position, went on to become Principal of the school in 2013. Resigned at the end of 2015 to pursue other career opportunities. Then joined Orient Islamic School in 2017.

Appointed as Head of Department, Foundation Phase in 2020.

Head of Department - Intermediate Phase – Mrs R. Soni

Educators play a key role in society. I am honored and privileged to be in the teaching profession for 27 years, of which 21 years have been served at Orient Islamic School. I am a dedicated and motivated educator who is passionate in ensuring that the highest standard of teaching and learning is achieved.

I believe in total commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every learner. My key role is to inspire and mould young learners to achieve a high standard of Academic Excellence and outstanding Akhlaaq. My focus is to develop critical thinkers and exceptional leaders who will contribute positively to society as inspired by our Beloved Leader Prophet Muhammed (SAW). Therefore, I strive to enhance the talents of every learner, ensuring that their different styles and ability levels are catered for and fully developed.

As a team leader I thrive on leading by example, motivating and setting high standards for educators and learners. I have established and continue to nurture positive relationships with my educators, learners, parents, administrators and all stakeholders.

In order to achieve Academic Excellence and ensure the development of quality teaching, I ensure that my team are abreast with changes and developments in the curriculum so that we can articulate and commit to a shared educational vision.

In Sha Allah, I believe my team and I will help develop the future leaders of the Ummah.

Grade RR – Ms D. Bux

My name is Miss Dilshad Bux and I am currently teaching the Grade RR class in the Foundation Phase. I have been in the teaching profession for more than 20 years…Graduating in Reception Year Teaching and Early Childhood Development from UNISA.

I joined ORIENT ISLAMIC SCHOOL eight years ago and have taught in the GRADE R and the Grade 3 classes. I have a passion for working with the Early Childhood age group and am committed to creating joy in a child’s life by teaching them how to make friends and helping them to build up their self confidence at an early age.

In my Grade RR class the children learn through PLAY and HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES…eg Songs/Outdoor games/Craft Activities and Stories

I LOVE my job and come to school everyday determined to make a difference to a child’s development life.


Grade RR – Ms F.Khan

I am Fadeela Khan and I'm honoured to be part of Orient Islamic School. I am currently the grade RR2 educator in the foundation phase. I am a Unisa graduate having successfully completed the Early Childhood Development Programme and have experience in working with learners in the Pre-school and Montessori age groups. I have a passion for working with little children and enjoy being part of the development in one of the most important stages in their lives.

I strive to empower learners by encouraging them and bringing out their best, making learning in the informative years a final and enjoyable experience. I am a highly motivated, committed, inspiring and creative educator. I achieve great joy in playing a role in a child's progress in achieving the milestones in the various stages of development.

All the smiles, hugs and cheers from the little ones certainly motivates me to give off my best at all times. I aspire to make a difference to equip our little learners and enhance our communities of the future.

Grade R – Aadilah Dawjee Karodia

I am an ECD educator and I am fondly known by my darling learners as Aadilah Mam. My educational philosophy is to create and maintain a classroom environment that is fun and exciting! A classroom environment that engages and challenges my learners to be the best version of themselves always. I want to inspire the children I interact with to learn more about themselves as well as the world around them. Nothing pleases me more than seeing the intrinsic joy that’s so evident on a child’s face when they learn a new skill. My motto is to use a strong academic programme, stem learning, creative arts, physical education and sensory play to promote holistic development in each and every child I have the pleasure of interacting with.

The teaching profession is not just a job, but a gift and I thank Allah that I am able to make a positive difference in the lives of children.

Grade R – Sue Badroodien

My name is Mrs. Sumayya Badroodeen and I am a Grade R teacher.

Being a mother myself, I believe that each child is special and unique in their own way. It is imperative to develop and grow their abilities so they may thrive in whatever direction they choose. It is also my duty to assist them so that they can develop skills and confidence and be the best that they can be. In my classroom, I use creative, innovative, digital, hands on and concrete methods in order for learning to be interesting and captivating. Children need to have fun while they learn.

I believe in molding children with good character, values and morals as this is what is needed in our society today. I dedicate my style of teaching to be one with absolute patience, love, kindness and passion.

‘You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life’ – Rumi

Grade R – Tasmia Fakir

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.

Alhamdulilah, at Orient Islamic School, I am given the opportunity to be a part of your child's early childhood education and be one the first educators to leave a mark on their schooling career.

I believe that every child is special and unique. My goal as an Educator is to help each child reach their full potential. In my classroom my learners are loved and valued. They are encouraged to explore, have fun, and learn academics as well as values for life.

A teacher plants the seeds of knowledge, sprinkles them with love and patiently nurtures their growth to produce tomorrow's dreams. - Bob Talbert

Grade 1 - Mrs A. Khan

My name is Adila Khan. I am a dedicated and hard working educator with over 20 years teaching experience. I am currently teaching the Grade R’s at Orient Islamic School.

I am a resourceful educator with an ability to incorporate and encourage intellectual and social development in students. I am enthusiastic and committed with a natural ability to appreciate and inspire children.

My goal and objectives are to be the best educator and role model and to enhance my learner’s performance, and shape a better world for them and empower them. I strive to give of my best to make a difference in the lives of the children as well as the school.

My aim is to always be meticulous in my work, and an excellent role model worthy of emulation. I have learnt that being persistent, motivated and taking initiative is truly very important in achieving my goals and objectives.

Grade 1 - Ms S. Amod

Coming from a family background of teachers, my love for teaching grew from an early age. My love for children helped me achieve my B.ED Degree in Early Childhood Development in the Foundation Phase. During my years of teaching, my passion for working with little children has grown tremendously and this has helped in building a good rapport and relationship with parents. It is an extreme honour to be able to help mould and guide little minds, to have the exciting and rewarding task of teaching children the foundations of reading, writing and literacy. Knowing the importance of compassion, kindness, tons of love and patience when working with little ones, I have strived to always ensure that these qualities are present in my classroom and this has proved to be successful in my teaching career thus far. Having taught abroad has enhanced my teaching experience by being exposed to different cultures, teaching methods and strategies as well as being able to adapt and be flexible in any teaching environment. My dedication and passion towards my love for teaching includes my commitment to my students’ success. May Allah always guide and assist me to achieve this every year, Insha’Allah, Ameen.

Grade 2 - Ms R. Moola

The beauty of teaching is that you are always learning no matter which end of the classroom you are standing…it is my philosophy that we do not just teach our children a curriculum, we teach them life. They are our future-of the country, of our planet, of our Ummah. Each child is unique and possesses a goldmine of untapped potential which I hope daily to unearth and allow to shine!

My goal as a teacher is to be better everyday than I was the day before, to let every child in my class know and believe that they are special and to have them leave my classroom with knowledge and skills to benefit them as successful individuals in this world and the aakhirah.

I may teach them life, but they teach me love…

Grade 1 - Mrs A. Vahed

When one makes a decision about the work one will do in life, it is important that the decision reflect ones personal values, temperaments, experience and skills.

As I grew up I saw that great teachers were good at planning and explaining content, they were fair, they were motivating, excellent communicators but most of all, they showed love and I then decided I want to be just like them and achieve all of that. I have chosen education as a career because I believe that education is the most important function of our lives and I want to be a part of that noble profession and someday be counted among those in whom future teachers found inspiration. I fully realise that to be a teacher is truly a calling of not just the mind but the heart as well. “Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil, by learning the potential becomes actual. “ ---IMAM GHAZZALI

Grade 2 - Mrs A. Gaffoor

It was perhaps about fulfilling a self-actualisation need that led me to become an educator. Belonging to a family of educators who devoted their lives to education was an added impetus in my decision making. This noble profession has also been the profession of all the Prophets of Allah (SWT) who all left an indelible impression on all of humanity. This distinctive desire to make a difference in people’s lives prompted me to become an educator.

I found it absolutely fascinating as how malleable the formative years of a child one can be and the impression that one makes on them is permanent. Teaching at Orient Islamic School serves a dualistic purpose for me as I deem it an Amaanah(trust) by the Almighty that I have in my hands, our future leaders of the Ummah. I also maintain that teaching should have subversive tinge to it, so that it would challenge stereotypical thinking and prepare our little learners of today for a challenging and intriguing tomorrow.

“A 100 years from now it will not matter what my bank account was the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But, the world maybe different because I was important in the life of a child.” –Anonymous-

Grade 2 - Ms A. Amod

I believe the most effective teachers are those who have passion and dedication to teach, and do so by planning engaging lessons that meet the needs of every child in the classroom. Creating a learning environment whereby pupils can take ‘risks’ and believe that anything is possible if they work hard, is a philosophy that underpins my entire teaching practice. This allows children to reflect on their learning and identify their own misconceptions and next steps for improvement. As a result, a growth mind-set and child-centered learning is engendered. Pupils feel empowered to take risks, persevere with trial and error and use key enquiry skills when encouraged to review their learning critically.

I have successfully graduated from The University of Roehampton, London and have spent my time teaching there. Growing up in the U.K and having had first-hand experience of modern, interactive resources has certainly helped shaped my teaching methods that I use in my classroom. My priority is to deliver hands-on lessons that are creative and stimulating for the learner, using concrete and meaningful resources. At the same time, I believe being a good role model, instilling good Akhlaaq and teaching with love and compassion are equally as important. “Teaching a child to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best” – Bob Talbert.

Grade 2 - Ms S. Hassan

I believe that with a combination of my natural ability, personality, work experience and passion, all help in making me an ideal educator who exerts optimal effort to ensure every child is nurtured and developed holistically. I am intimately familiar with the role of an educator and work efficiently, both on my own and also as part of a team in order to bring value to a school like Orient Islamic School. My dedication to my students and to learning extends beyond the regular classroom situation which allows me to leave a lasting impression on all my students.

“And when I am forgotten, as I shall be, and asleep in dull cold marble, where no mention of me must be heard of, say, I taught thee” Henry VIII by William Shakespeare.

Grade 3 - Mrs S. Ahmedjan

I am Summayyah Ahmedjan. Qualified in the field of Islamiyaat and Secular. Alhamdulillah, I have 21 Years of teaching experience in varies Makaatibs around Durban together with being part of Orient Islamic School for eight years. I studied a 4 year Tarbiyyah Course under my esteemed Mufti Shuaib Patel in Madrassah Aaisha Sideeqah based in Shallcross. I further went on to complete Matric and complete a 4 year Bachelors of Education Degree. I am passionate about teaching Islamiyaat, especially Qura’an. My aim is to ensure my learners achieve and receive more than what is expected. I am an educator who is passionate, vibrant and keep lessons interactive. Dealing with a 21st century learner, I ensure they get involved and participate in lessons actively. My Allah accept our efforts in teaching His Deen Aameen.

Grade 3 - Miss S. Manjoo

I believe that all children are individuals and should be taught in a manner that addresses their individuality. I believe that education should be inquiry based. if you allow the learners natural curiosity to lead their voyage into the unknown, not only will it enhance their interest in learning, but it also becomes personal to them and far more important.

I believe in alloting extra one-on-one time for struggling learners and allowing more challenging opportunities for advanced learners in order for all my learners to reach their full potential. A teachers work goes beyond just teaching, it is a responsibility to provide learners with as much help and love as possible. To me teaching is an art.. being and educator is not my job… it is my passion.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

Grade 4 - Mrs R Langry

“……And those who have Imaan are more intense in their love for Allah……”
[SURAH BAQARAH 2:165] I am Rookaya Langry.

I am an analytical and open-minded person who believes in living life to its fullest I have an aptitude to learn new skills quickly & employ the same to maximum effect.

I studied at Madrassah-tus-Sawlehaat under the guidance and leadership of Marhoom Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Ra).

I have further obtained a B.Ed degree as well as Honours in Education with UNISA, Alhamdulillah, I have had the opportunity to teach at various Muslim Schools.

My commitment level and attention is unquestionable and I have a strong desire to succeed. After teaching for 24+years I have realized my passion and competence lies in teaching. I seek to instill in my learners the love and obedience of Allah and his Rasulullah (ﷺ). My goals and aims are to make an impact on their lives to create future flag bearers of the DEEN. Insha Allah.

As an exuberant, confident and dedicated teacher I always receive excellent results from my students. Alhamdulillah, I am blessed to have two children of my own; therefore I can relate to and nurture my learners effectively. I believe in teaching holistically, devising different ways and approaches to overcoming barriers to learning.

Allah Aza wa Jal make me a role model, make us true to our words and grant us success in fulfilling the Amaanah entrusted unto us AMEEN.

The learners under my care aren’t just a name in the register……………… ….MY STUDENTS… MY PRIDE …..MY JOY…….

Grade 4 - Mrs S Rashid

As Salaamu Alaikum, I am Mrs Rashid. I am passionate about learning and educating. I love to pass on that which I know and discovering that which I do not. My main priority as an educator is to create a love of learning within my students so that they may become lifelong learners and appreciate the gift of knowledge.


Grade 4 - Mrs T Tajoodien

Qualification: IOESA Islamic studies course (2 year primary and 1 year high school) Currently still studying Arabic which I began since 2006

I'm very passionate about Arabic because it is the language of the Qur'an. I've always wanted to understand the words of Allah. I wish to continue studying Arabic so I can continuously learn and become better at the language. The greatest inspiration for me is when I read the Qur'an and understand its meaning. The message has a greater impact on you when you understand. I love the language and I make every effort to instill the passion for learning Arabic in my students. It gives makes me so content when my learners begin to understand Arabic.

Grade 5 - Mrs M. Vahed

Mathematics and NST Educator
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious ,the Most Merciful May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

I, Mumtaz Vahed, have a BEd qualification specialising in Mathematics and a Honours qualification in Educational Management. I am a confident, motivated and competent individual who always strives to beat deadlines. My professionalism , positivity and responsibleness is clearly visible and my aim is to inculcate these principles in my students together with their academic knowledge.

Mathematics and NST play a pivotal role in our daily lives. These subjects are essential pre-requisites of many careers . Therefore it has to be promoted as a fun and inspiring learning area so that our students develop a passion and interest to learn the concepts and procedures and further their studies.

A famous quote: “The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires “- William Arthur Ward I believe that teaching is not a job , it is a passion , commitment and an absolute gift everyday. Children have creative and enquiring minds and I hope that the time I spend with my students everyday moulds them into successful future leaders of tomorrow .

My wish is to be that great teacher who inspires each student’s life, creating an exciting classroom place that brings a smile on every face. May the parents and the entire team at Orient Islamic School grow from strength to strength .

Grade 5 - Mrs A. Vahed

"Teaching isn't easy. It's not for everyone. But, for those of us who have dedicated our lives to teaching, we know it is our calling."

I'm a UNISA graduate who majored in English and Business Management. I’m an experienced, enthusiastic and focused teacher who is committed to safeguard the education and well-being of the young learners I interact with at all times. I’m passionate in my teaching and promise to give my students the best education in life. I’m able to establish a supportive relationship with learners and their parents. I'm an innovative educator who works hand-in-hand with other colleagues to promote and reinforce a student’s independence and self-esteem to reach their full potential. I'm engaged in continuous learning in order to broaden my knowledge and experience. I thoroughly enjoy working with young learners.

My yearly goal is to inspire, change and improve as many learners in my class, Insha Allah!

Grade 6 - Mrs T. Randeree

I have always liked to help people and helping children is even more important to me. Teaching children what you are passionate about is a bonus! I have always loved Mathematics and excelled at it in my schooling career. My daily challenge is coming to school and trying to pass this on to the learners and instill a love for Mathematics in them that so many of them do not have anymore.

I joined ORIENT ISLAMIC SCHOOL ten years ago and have taught in the Primary and High Schools. I am currently teaching in the Primary School as the hugs and smiles I receive daily from the little ones make me glad to be part of this department.

I wish to inspire hope and create wonderful possibilities in our future generations.

Grade 6 - Ms S Jeewa

I aspire to inspire...
My aim as an Educator is to develop my learners so that they achieve academic excellence and more importantly, grow as a person of good character/akhlaaq.

Experience: 11 years of experience in Education at Orient Islamic School.

-Bachelor of Education, Senior/F.E.T, UKZN
Major: English
-Honours, UKZN
Educational Leadership, Management and Policy Documents.

Accredited Assessor (ETDP Seta)

Intermediate Phase Co-ordinator - Islamiyaat - Mrs N. Bassa

I am passionate about Islam, teaching and global Muslim and environmental issues. My goal is to groom well balanced, responsible, confident young leaders with strong Islamic values and a well informed world view.

My motto is professionalism and dedication underlined with empathy. I totallly believe that every child can achieve and I strive to assist, guide,mentor and cajole every child in my care to achieve their potential.

Foundation Phase Co-ordinator - Islamiyaat - Mrs Shumroo Jeewa

I am a motivated, energetic teacher who has a passion for teaching Islamiyaat and my expertise lie in teaching the Quraan to our little ones. I have 38 years of experience. Watching these little muslims and muslimahs read Quraan daily with so much of love, passion and eagerness makes my job so rewarding

It is my belief that each child is capable of greatness. Keeping this in mind I work tirelessly with our foundation phase learners in ensuring that each one of them reaches their optimum potential. In the beautiful words of Marian Wright Edelman: “Education is improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” Marian Wright Edelman.

It is my ardent desire to make a difference in the life of every learner I come into contact with, by creating a love for the Quraan so they hold it close, read it regularly, and act upon it in their daily lives. Hopefully carry it with them throughout their lives inspiring others and upholding the flag of Islam in our communities and abroad.


The Islamiyaat programme in the Intermediate Phase is a blended programme of the essential daily orals together with relevant theoretical knowledge combined with Tarbiyyah and community service to help nurture our young learners into balanced and well-mannered Muslims.

• Quraan recitation is the primary focus of the Intermediate phase with emphasis on Tajweed and fluency.
• Duas for daily living and Surahs generally read in Salaah are the core syllabus in the oral component.
• The Fiqh aspects pertain mostly to Tahaarah and Salaah.
• Seerah and Hadith is directed towards a Tarbiyaah approach to promote Akhlaaq and positive social habits
• Aqaaid - the teaching of correct Islamic beliefs underpins the entire programme
• Regular charity drives and community outreach programmes help foster strong leadership skills and a sense of community responsibility.