PRESCHOOL education provider Smart Reader Worldwide organised the inaugural “Daie’ Cilik” (Little Convener) competition.
The competition, inspired by Smart Reader Kids Islamic, received entries from pupils in Smart Reader Kids centres all over the country.
In the competition, a group of three pupils from a centre form a team to memorise and recite a surah from the Quran on stage.
This is followed by a theatrical performance to depict the moral learned from the surah. The creative performances were complemented by unique stage props and costumes to enhance their delivery.
Through this competition, pupils are encouraged to not only study the content of the Quran but to develop a proper understanding of the meanings and lessons behind it.
After a tour around peninsular Malaysia, 14 groups gathered in the tantalising finale at Kompleks PKNS in Shah Alam.
After a wonderful theatrical interpretation of verse 12 from Surah Al-Hujuraat, the “Little Mumtaz” group from Smart Reader Kids Taman Murni Perdana emerged the champion of Daie’ Cilik 2017.
In the skit, the pupils presented a delightful rendition of a story that centred around the consequences of assuming the worst about people without sufficient truths.
First runner-up was Shoutul Falah from Smart Reader Kids Larkin Jaya while Ihtisyam from Smart Reader Kids Pulai Perdana took home the second runner-up prize.
“The Smart Tadris curriculum involves the study of the Quran.
“The pupils practised and memorised their performances well and we are so proud of them,” said the franchisee of winning centre, Smart Reader Kids Taman Murni Perdana, Shaheida Seliman.
Heading the panel of judges for the competition was Smart Reader Kids Islamic and Smart Tadris programme honorary adviser Datuk Abu Hasan Din Al-Hafiz.
He said he was awed by the young children’s performances, with the guidance of their teachers.
“The objective of Daie’ Cilik is to spread knowledge beyond reading and revising in class. It encourages children to learn through delivering stories and speeches, as well as gives them the confidence to speak in public. This aligns with the Smart Tadris vision to work towards a smart Muslim generation,” Abu Hasan said.
Smart Reader Kids Islamic was launched in 2014 to equip preschoolers with the concept of love and understanding of the six pillars of faith in Islam and is taught in line with the Smart Reader Creative Teaching Methodology which encompasses elements of creativity and imagination.
The programme is developed by experienced Al-Quran and Sunnah experts from the National Mosque and Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) in accordance with the National Education Philosophy, National Preschool Standard Curriculum, National Primary School Standard Curriculum, and Jawi, Al-Quran, Arab, Fardu Ain.