Last week the children and I attended an end of the year cookout for the local Islamic middle school/high school. It is a very small school with a total of 18 students (13 girls and 5 boys). The school is 6 years old which is still very new. They are in the process of earning their accreditation.
We had been invited to come give talk to the girls here about our Islamic Girl Scout troop. The principal was very welcoming and hospitable. In terms off the children, Yahya felt more comfortable than the girls as he had played soccer with the brothers who attended the school years ago. I am not sure if this is how it is in general with Muslim girls or if it is just where I live, but we really have never felt like we have fit in anywhere except for Girl Scouts but that is probably because my 5 girls make up almost 1/3 of the troop.
Anyway, after the cookout a sister who has a son at the school called and offered to make a home visit with a few others in order to answer our questions about the school. In other words they are trying to increase enrollment and are attempting to recruit my older children. I flat out informed her that Yahya’s contract is already signed and that this currently isn’t the school for him. They don’t have enough boys to form any type of sports’ teams. Also, we are unable to pay anything else in addition to his tuition. She mentioned that there is a possibility of sponsors so Hannah’s and Jamilah’s tuition wouldn’t be a problem and allahu alim.
So, here we are. I have been making du’a for something like this. Some sort of help with the girls’ education. I admit that I need help and I am not able to give them what they need academically on my own. I did ask them if they wanted to go to school and at first they both said that they didn’t. As we kept discussing it though, they do seem a little interested. It is a chance for them to spread their wings and get some time away from their sisters so that they can focus on their own academics. At times I feel like they should stay at home, but when I see them sitting around on their beds and just being lazy, it really bothers me. I know that they aren’t pushing themselves as hard as they could if they were to go to school.
No doubt that there are pros and cons to both situations. I would really appreciate some feedback from you sisters, insha Allah.