In Indonesia we have what we called as TPA. It is an abbreviation of Taman Pendidikan Al Quran or in English Quranic Sschool. It is unlike a formal school most of TPA teacher are volunteering themselves to teach here. Now, I become one of them. I’ve got a little experience in teaching children in Quranic School. I was also a volunteer of a Quranic school in my home village, but I was not active. I was busy with my student’s organization and my side job as private teacher.
Now, I live in a new place as an independent family with my husband. I need to socialize with the society. People who live here have known that i work as a lecturer. Even though I’m still a part time lecturer in a university but still I’m a lecturer or teacher. People think that a lecturer must have many things to share to the children. Why not??… I still have plenty of time for volunteering.
Honestly, I do very happy to be a teacher there. It can be a good ‘future’ investment. It is not here, but latter for our other life. I told myself to teach those children like I teach my college students. My husband’s friend said that religious proselytizing (dakwah) in children context is very strategic. I think it’s true those children are in critical period, where value is learned and integrated in their life and character. They need some guidance and motivation.
It feels great to be able to do something good for people. You feel like your life is meaningful, even if it is only a small thing. Become a Quranic school teacher is a big job in my opinion. Most of the students are elementary school students; their age is about 5-12. This age is very important for their character development because in these ages their character is formed. Good examples, wise words, and advice in these ages will be remembered forever.
Their parents take them to Quranic School because they believe that by learning The Holy Quran someone will have guidance for their life. Yes, it is true. Quran is universal; the values, wisdom, and rules that are written there are never old fashioned. Anytime I read it I feel that the wisdom in its verse is always fits with my recent condition. Maybe this is the way of our Creator communicates with us. Yes, it is. This holy book contains messages form Allah to all human beings and yes we have to learn it.
I am also still learning about it. I didn’t get detailed religious education when i was a child so what I know now is just the surface. My holy Quran recitation is perfect. My Arabic writing is not good; even I don’t know yet some basic rules about it. But I’ll share what I have known for those children. I’ll share while I earn. Learning Holy Quran is life time devotion; there is no word too late to learn it again.