We just had our first lectures of the M.A.D. educational tour in Europe. We visited St. John International School in Waterloo, Belgium, where we had four different classes with students of 10th and 11th grades. St. Johns school is an international school that provides education based on christian values, having as its main principles – companionship, integrity and respect.
We were asked to talk to the students about Islamic art in the countries that we have visited during our travels, so we talked about calligraphy and what we have learned from Atho’Illah, about Islamic architecture and what we have learned from Rahmat Bayudi, an architect based in Kuala Lumpur, about islamic music and what we have learned from Farah and her family. We tried to pass on the message to the students that they should be open-minded and avoid stereotypical thinking, for example, when talking about architecture of mosques we demonstrated many different and beautiful styles of architecture, building that do not look like a mosque at a first glance.
These are some of the comments written in our M.A.D. book:
“Eugenija and Kamal,
Thanks so much for sharing your travel experiences with us. What I have learned from you cannot be learned from any of the books I have. May the spirit of goodness lead your life now and forever.”
Dr. Jesus Castillo Coronado, Head of the Religion Studies and Philosophy Department, Coordinator of Grade 11.