Association of Muslim Schools (SA)
The Association of Muslim Schools (SA) is a national network of Muslim Schools in South Africa.
The Association consists of 68 schools nationally. AMS-SA encompasses both primary and high schools as well as independent and state-aided schools. It is active in 3 of 9 South African provinces.
AMS-SA was formed in March 1989 at Al Falaah College, known as Lockhat Islamia College at the time. The primary members of the association were:Habibiya Islamic College, Lockhat Islamia College, Roshnee Islamic School, As-Salaam, Lenasia Muslim School and Nur-ul-Islam School. The association was formally launched on 13 May 1989 during the first AMS conference at Lenasia Muslim School. AMS was mandated to facilitate the following:
- Administrative collaboration
- Educator development workshops
- Evaluation/moderation of final examination papers
- Inter-school sports
- Subject-based workshops
- A community outreach programme
AMS-SA has grown steadily over the years. The Annual General Meeting and Teachers' Conference has attracted many prominent personalities from the educational field over the years. The Association further has a Managers' Conference and a Principals' Forum that engage at a regular basis. Currently the Association consists of 68 schools nationally. It is further recognized by and regularly engages with the national and provincial educational departments, South African Council for Teachers (SACE), Umalusi (National accreditation body for independent schools), Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA).
AMS-SA comprises three chapters which meet annually at the National AMS AGM and Education Conference. Each chapter has the following member schools:
The Association of Muslim Schools is a founding member of the National Alliance of Independent Schools of South Africa (NAISA). This is an umbrella body representing independent schools associations and "Joint Liaison Committees". AMS-SA is the South African Chapter of the Association of Muslim Schools.
The Association of Muslim Schools holds annual inter-school tournaments and competitions.