The MAI vision of nurturing students with taqwa, thinkers and learners and leaders with compassion was fortified in 2020 with the adoption of Positive Education (PosEd) to enhance student well-being in school. This, together with other school programmes such as Ihya Al-Quran, Dirasat Deeniyyah, Student Leadership, Co-Curricular Activities and Talent Management Programme, can potentially increase students’ capacity to learn effectively, enhance resilience and develop a learning community where they flourish as students, to later develop into promising young Muslim adults.
PosEd brings together the science of positive psychology and best practices in teaching and learning to support students to thrive in their learning environment. A new steering committee for Flourish@MAI was formed in Dec 2019 to introduce to staff and students the essence of PosEd. Fortnightly tutorials on Flourish were planned to provide purposeful class discussions to understand the different character strengths that make a wholesome person and how such strengths can be enacted.
In its introductory stage, Flourish lessons take teachers and students on a familiarisation journey to understand the 24 Character Strengths, beginning with a personalised survey for every staff and student. With character strengths, we hope to develop students to see positivity in six domains, namely: