WHY AL AZHAR 55 | Al-Azhar 55 Primary Islamic School



Thursday January 28th 2021

Why Al Azhar 55 Primary School Yogyakarta?

Al Azhar 55 is the first international Islamic primary school in Yogyakarta. As an international school, English is our main language of instruction. By using the language, we train our students to be active English speakers. By then, we hope that they will be ready to be part of the global community who highly uphold Islamic values. In addition to that, nationalism is another attitude whose values we incorporate into their profile so as to make them know who they are and how to actively participate in the global movements.

All members of Al Azhar 55 Primary School have agreed to make our institution a growth-mindset school. We are proud to say that our learning methods, strategies and activities have incorporated this quality into our life. By then, not only to be global-minded, we shape our students to be growth-minded. In other words, students are trained to reach their utmost potentials no matter how many challenges they need to address or gaps they need to fill in. To support this, we have our powerful words “You can if you think you can”.

The growth-mindset principle is incorporated into the following activities:

–       Hands-on Learning

–       Student-led Conference (SLC)

–       Reading Log

–       Global Perspectives (a Subject for students to learn and get world-wide insights)

Al Azhar 55 Yogyakarta is an authorised Cambridge Exam Centre in Yogyakarta. It means that the School is licensed to administer an international exam of Cambridge. As it is a Primary, it is eligible to carry out Primary and Lower Secondary CheckPoint Tests.

Historically, Al Azhar 55 Yogyakarta was established by Yayasan Asram Yogyakarta collaborating with Yayasan Pesantren Islam (YPI) Al Azhar Jakarta in November 2016. After years of service, the School keeps delivering learning concepts through hands-on activities. It aims to get students to understand deeply what they learn.

 As the world keeps moving forward, Al Azhar 55 Yogyakarta is committed to preparing the students to take part in the dynamic. Therefore, instilling 21st century skills is indispensable. It is not only about technology or global citizenship. It is more about creativity, problem solving, local, cultural and global awareness, communication, productivity, collaboration, accountability, exploration, innovation, civic engagement, leadership and many more. By using the right approach, we change bored, lonely, angry, afraid, stress and tired (BLAST) into behave, emphatic, smart and tough (BEST).


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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