La Reussite Islamic School Outside of Paris Threatened To Close

This video piece by Katrin Bennhold of the International Herald Tribune reports on the possible closing of La Reussite Islamic School in Aubervilliers because of its difficulty in self-financing. Yvonne Fazilleau, the school’s principal, claims that without any state subsidies the school may close in February 2009. The school’s yearly tuition is approximately €5000; the school is no longer able to pay its teachers due to declining enrollment. Fazilleau explains that La Reussite teaches the required national curriculum and that all religious-related events and classes are optional (both requirements for state subsidies to private religious schools), but that the school’s physical education classes are sex-segregated. All other classes are mixed.

Video available here.(5:10)

Lessons in Islam – A young teacher breaks taboos in Germany

Lamy Kaddor, born in Germany to a Syrian father, wants to make her religion more accessible to children and young people. She’s written two books about Islam, a children’s Koran and a text book – both in German. The books contain illustrations depicting the prophet Mohammed – a practice forbidden by Islam. Conservative muslim scholars are not impressed by Kaddor’s work. But the kids love the open atmosphere in her classes, where no question is taboo. Now, her teaching methods could be used as a model for lessons in the subject in schools around the country.