55’s Day Out : A Mothers’ Day Celebration à la Al Azhar 55 | Al-Azhar 55 Primary Islamic School


55’s Day Out : A Mothers’ Day Celebration à la Al Azhar 55

Saturday January 14th 2023

A Mothers’ Day Celebration à la Al Azhar 55

Al Azhar 55 Islamic Primary School of Yogyakarta held Mothers’ Day Celebration in Asram Edupark, Jomblang, Sleman on Saturday, January 14, 2023. Hundreds of participants (including parents, teachers, and students) joined this event called “55’s Day Out.” The agenda was wiggle time, fun walk, mothers-and-kids game, and flashmob.

Vice Academic Affair of Asram Foundation, Suhartini, M.Pd., opened the event and gave her greetings. She emphasized that loving and respecting mothers is not only in certain events like Mothers’ Day. She added, “Today is a celebration only. Our respect and love towards our mother must be delivered every day.”

Wiggle time started the agenda on that day and a fun walk followed afterward. Coming back from a fun walk, the students surprised the mothers with paper flowers. In the paper flowers, they wrote their gratitude for their mothers. This moment was heart-warming and meaningful for mothers-and-kids relationships.

To strengthen their relationships, there was “Me and My Mom Team Up!” time. This agenda had five games for mothers and kids and the five fastest couples to finish all games would be the winners. The next agenda was another-awaited time: door prize and winners’ prize time. In winners’ prize time, the prizes were not only for the five fastest couples but also for “A Day in My Life With My Mom” Reels Competition winners. The reels competition was also a part of the celebration and the three winners were selected by three judges (an Al Azhar 55 Jam’iyyah representative, a teacher, and a professional content creator). 

The event coordinator, Arinda Febriana Dewi, expressed her gratitude for this event. She said, “Alhamdulillah, the event ran well. This event was actually postponed because our school events at the end of 2022 were so packed. Looking at parents and students’ enthusiasm in joining this event is priceless and I am so glad for that. Hopefully, this annual event is always able to take place as a support from school to strengthen the bonding between mothers and their kids.”

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Prof. Dra. Hj. Suwarsih Madya, M.A., Ph.D.


Amidst the globalized situation which poses challenges of which one is a possible threat to identity, yet provides ample opportunities to excel for those who possess the prerequisites, we need to equip our children as the continuing generation with necessary competencies—affective, cognitive, psychomotor and interactive. In other words, we need to help them grow and develop into total persons and this can be achieved through the whole-child development approach which ensures the development of all potentials.  In addition to this is the need for developing some competence which enables the children to communicate    globally. All of this will ensure that the children will develop their citizenships both at the national and global levels. How can this ideal development be realized?

If you want to find out about how efforts are made to develop children’s whole potentials, you can come to SD Islam Al Azhar 55 Yogyakarta. Here you can see how the four-year old school has grown fast due to the stakeholders’ trust to send their children to study here. With only 54 children in the first year, this school now has 185 students. These students are educated to respect and preserve the social-cultural environment by learning the local language (Javanese, including the script) and arts (dance). Simultaneously, they certainly learn the national language (Bahasa Indonesia) and national content, which is unquestionable since it is compulsory, and English, which has now become a global lingua franca; thus, a prerequisite for successful global communication.  More importantly, children in this school also learn to practise their religion consistently. So, in this school children’s identity is rooted in the local culture, with nationalism and global awareness being inherently developed together with reliogiosity.

Does the whole-child development approach at SD Islam Al Azhar still give room for children to excel? In my belief, when all their potentials are developed, children will have a greater chance to excel and I can see the truth in my belief in this primary school. In the last two years, the students have made great achievements in various competitions held at the local and national levels–gold medals in English, math and science competitions (national), silver and bronze medals in IT competitions (national), silver and bronze medals at colouring and swimming competitions (local) to mention some.

In conclusion, SD Islam Al Azhar has given evidence of the right efforts of true education to develop both intelligence and character.

Prof. DR. Budi S. Daryono, M.Agr. Sc.

Testimoni Sebagai Orang tua menyekolahkan anak Di Al-Azhar 55

Sudah menjadi kewajiban bagi orang tua untuk memberikan pendidikan yang terbaik bagi putra putrinya. Tantangan untuk mendidik anak di Era Global dan Digital pun semakin besar, kita tidak bisa lagi membendung segala perubahan yang begitu cepat terjadi, dan harus mempersiapkan anak-anak supaya bisa survive dan sholeh/sholehah tentunya. Saat ini dunia bagaikan kampung, dimana tidak ada batas-batas untuk melakukan transaksi kehidupan, untuk itu anak harus bisa berkomunikasi dengan bahasa universal sebagai modal utama. Disamping itu, pendidikah Ahlak dan Aqidah harus diberikan secara dini sebagai dasar anak dalam menghadapi gejolak gelombang kehidupan. Atas pertimbangan tersebutlah, kami selaku orang tua memilih untuk menyekolahkan putra kami tercinta Hikari di Sekolah Islam, yang menggunakan dua bahasa pengantar, yaitu Al-Azhar 55.

Prof. DR. Budi S.Daryono, M.Agr. Sc.

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