A Teacher’s Perspective on Teaching and Learning at a Muslim Faith-Based School in Cape Town

  • Omar EsauEmail author


In this chapter I set out to identify and explore how the values and ethos of a faith-based Muslim school affect practices in learning, teaching and leadership. After teaching at a faith-based school for over two decades, sharing my experiences and thoughts about the distinctive philosophies and challenges become important background knowledge in the contemporary era. I share my reflections on how this faith-based school contributes to the democratisation of society and contributes to nation building. This chapter provides a perspective from an educational leadership position using self-reflexivity and documentary evidence as research methodology. My conclusion supports the notion that a faith-based educational institution can contribute positively towards the realisation of a greater good to all and promotes a cohesiveness that is much needed in an ideal democratic society.


Values Ethos Teaching Leadership Ideal democratic society Reflection Apartheid Multicultural landscape Social inclusion Social justice and Post-modern society 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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