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* Mohamed Bhabha

Profession: Semi-retired, Management Consultant

Education and Experience

Graduated as a teacher in native South Africa, then taught elementary school under the Transvaal Education Department, Transvaal, South Africa for 5 years before emigrating to Canada.

In Canada, gave up teaching to take advantage of an opening with the Canadian Department of Citizenship and Immigration. Progressed through positions such as selection officer and immigration judge and for last 20 years held a variety of senior managerial positions.

Volunteer Work

Because of a deep and abiding interest in education - particularly Islamic education - voluntary involvement was usually in this field. For 12 years, 1978 to 1990, was first a teacher and later Principal of the Hamilton Weekend Islamic School in Hamilton, Ontario, sponsored jointly under the Heritage Language Program by the federal and provincial governments, as well as the Muslim Association of Hamilton.

Founding Member and Public Relations Director of the Islamic School Teachers' Association of Canada (ISTAC), established to provide training and support for teachers involved in weekend or evening Islamic education. Also Editor of newsletter of the association. (1982 - 1990).

Conducted workshops for Islamic school teachers of weekend and evening schools in various centres in Ontario and neighbouring states of the U.S.A. Specialty: The Thematic Approach to the Integration of the Curriculum.

Continue to contribute to the education of young Muslims in various ways such as teaching by invitation on special topics at various schools, conducting workshops and providing educational programs at summer camps.

Founding Member and Vice President (1984-1992), International Development and Refugee Foundation, a Canadian Muslim non-governmental organization working with Canadian government agencies and private donors to raise funds for development projects in targeted Muslim countries such as, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Palestine, Bosnia and, when it was possible, the Horn of Africa. Organization was also involved in the sponsorship and resettlement in Canada of Muslim refugees from around the world. December 1996 involvement reactivated with appointment to Board with special responsibilities for public relations and human resource committee.

Extensive experience writing, editing and publishing in local, provincial and national religion-based publications.

Articles

  1. The Nature of Islamic Education