NHC CURRICULUM

WAEC CURRICULUM

This has two levels: Junior Secondary School 1,2 & 3 and Senior Secondary School 1,2 & 3. [SSS is divided into 2 streams: Arts and Science]

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Home Economics
  • Civic Education
  • Basic Science
  • Economics
  • Islamic Religious Studies (IRS)
  • Computer
  • Basic Technology
  • Visual Art
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Hausa Language
  • French Language
  • Agricultural Science
  • Arabic Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Home Economics
  • Civic Education
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Islamic Religious Studies (IRS)
  • Computer
  • Further Mathematics
  • Visual Art
  • History
  • Financial Accounting
  • Technical Drawing
  • Literature in English
  • Agricultural Science
  • Arabic Language
  • Hausa Language
  • French Language
  • Electronics
  • Food and Nutrition
 

At the end of JSS 3, the school recommends the stream each child schould join. The recommendation is based on the following: Aptitude test, vocational preference test, the students placement test result, the trend students academic performance from JSS 1 - 3, Academic Advisers recommendation.
WAEC examination is written around last week of April to the first Ten days of June.
GCE examination is written around January / February

CAMBRIDGE / IGCSE [OPTIONAL]

The classes commence in SSS 2 and the examination is written in SSS 3.

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Islamic Religious Studies (IRS)
  • Computer
  • Further Mathematics
  • Visual Art
  • History

NHC CURRICULUM

The school has a specially designed curriculum which covers skills that will enable students thrive in society, beyond their academic achievements. Some of these programmes also aid the students character development and understanding of islam.

At the beginning of each session students join a club of their choice and remaain with that club for an academic session. They may remain with that club or switch to another club the next session

List of Clubs

Press Club

Graphics Club

Art and Craft Club

Poetry Club

Drama Club

Builders Club

Garvel Club

FFC Club

Jet Club

Students may choose to start a class where they share knowledge or teach a skill; or raise awareness about a particular issue; or start a regular programme. These are treated as "SLI's" i.e. student-led initiatives.
The school provides logistical support, guidance and motivation for such initiatives.
This course , designed for students in the junior secondary classes, teaches skills and principles for achieving a level of effectiveness in all aspects of life. The students are introduced to the concepts of self-analysis , self-awareness and deliberate and planned habit formation and visual goal setting , skills for interacting effectively with others etc.

The aim of the course is to:

  • Awaken the students minds to the influence that they are capableof wielding over their own lives
  • Inspire them to make wiser and more fulfilling choices on a regular basis

Islamic perspective is a course devised by hajiya aisha lemu and developed over time by the teachers of the subject. The college realized that implementing “islamization of knowledge” as proposed by some mulim scholars since the world conferences on Islamic education in the 1970s and 1980s would not be feasible or practical in the current secular educational environment.

Instead of replacing the secular system. The college has introduced a parallel Islamic approach to knowledge . students therefore learn and fully understand the secular approach to the sciences and other fields of study , but also , under guidance of a separate teacher, they explore the subjects from an Islamic perspective and thereby enrich their understanding of the subjects and develop a greater appreciation of Allah’s creation and his bounties to mankind.

“Islamic Perspectives” also covers a Muslim’s way of thinking and his/her manners and conduct in accordance with the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

Source books and DVD:
JSS 1 Islamic Manners and Social Conduct by B. Aisha Lemu, Abdullahi Orire and Asiya Rodrigo (available at Ilmi Bookshop, I.E.T.)

JSS 2: Wonders of Allah’s Creation: Books and DVD’s by Harun Yahya in Turkey and Islamic Bookshop in the U. K.

JSS 3: Steps on the Right Path: Selected Hadith on Moral behavior and other topics. Selected by B. Aisha Lemu and Adama Alhassan Dolley (available at Ilmi Bookshop. I.E.T., Minna)

SSS 1: For Men of Understanding: Further material of Allah’s creation, animal behavior, water cycle, nitrogen cycle, (Ref. Book & DVD, Harun Yahya in Turkey, and Islamic Bookshop in the U. K.)

NOTE:Teachers may draw on the materials used by New Horizons College in teaching these courses but need not follow the New Horizons model strictly. In fact, it would be better if teachers pick what they like and leave out what they are not enthusiastic about. Teachers should choose topics that they are passionate about because in order for Isolamic Perspectives to retain its vivacity, it must be teacher inspired and students centered. Teachers need to be flexible about what topics to teach, it is advisable to give copies of the Harun Yahya books to students if possible due to the richness of the illustrations and text.

Influential Movies: The following films are suitable for screening students at weekends or any convenient time:

Junior Level:
1. The Message (a moving portrayal of the life of Prophet Muhammad from his call to prophethood until he died).

2. Adam’s World: A sesame Street” for Muslims.

3. Lion of the Desert (the story of Umar Mukhtar and his struggle to defend his country against colonial occupation).

4. Pathways to Islam (three young Muslim men narrate their journey to Islam).

5. Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. (A documentary on the impact of the Prophet’s message on modern Muslims in America.).

Senior Level:
1. Malcolm X: The story of his life and how he found Islam.

2. Hotel Rwanda: A film based on the historical events revealing people’s behavior during the Rwandan genocide. The story raises moral issues.

3. To kill a Mockingbird: A film about a lawyer’s defense of a black man wrongly accused of a crime in the deep South of the USA.

4. Kingdom of Heaven: A glimpse of the Crusades and the wisdom and courage of Saladin (Salahuddin)

At the beginning of each term 2 days are set aside for SS 1 and SS 2 students to do this course. The topics treated are often those controversial ones that are not taught in the Islamic Studies syllabus and are commonly misunderstood by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The course also includes the issue of extremism, how to prevent it an protect ourselves from it. The aim is for the students to understand the issues concerned, and the various interpretations of the scholars, to draw their own conclusions and be able to correct Muslims or non-Muslims who have misconceptions about Islam.

Topics include:

  1. Why are there misconceptions about Islam?
  2. Issues concerning women
  3. Relations with non-Muslims
  4. Begging
  5. Islam and Culture
  6. What does ‘qada’ really mean?
  7. Common questions non-Muslims ask about Muslims relationship with God
  8. Laxity, Moderation and Extremism in Islam
  9. What is meant by the term bid’a?
  10. Comparative Religion
  11. Do the teachings of Jihad undermine peaceful co-existence?
  12. Was Islam spread by the sword?
  13. Relationship between reasons and revelation
  14. Authenticity of the Scriptures
  15. Similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity
  16. Is Islam against development and progress?
  17. Does Islam have a problem with democracy?
  18. Relevance of Islam in the modern era

(These are samples of the 114 topics taught)

Teachers and others wishing to take this course for da’wah or educational purposes should apply to the Director of DIN (Da’wah Institute of Nigeria), Islamic Education Trust, to be included in its training programmes. Training materials will be provided for trainees which can later serve as resource materials when conducting the course in a school.

This course teaches skills and principle for achieving a high level of effectiveness in all areas of life. It aims to:

  • Provide practical guidelines for attaining effectiveness in all aspects of life through self-mastery (channeling energies in the best directions; attaining full emotional maturity; maintaining optimism and personal discipline);
  • Explore essential skills for living with and leading others (skillful communication, creating an “Everyone can win” environment and creative co-operation)

When it was first conducted for New Horizons College students, it lasted for just about three hours. In order to enable students absorb it deeply and have sufficient time to apply what they are taught and be mentored accordingly, it was later designed to last for about two or three sessions.

(SS 2 and SS 3 Girls / SS 2 & and SS 3 Boys)
As students approach the end of their secondary school education, there is a lot of pressure on them to decide which higher institution to apply to and how to choose a course of study. However, there is very little attention given to the pressures that come with life in the higher institution, a place where there is almost absolute freedom.

During this course, the facilitators address thorny and sensitive issues such as handling interaction with members of the opposite gender, making informed choices about avoiding or starting relationships, dealing with issues relating to drugs, cults, e.t.c. and navigating the pressure-filled world of academics. The facilitators are anecdote, stories from true life experiences, practical examples and exercises, and short drama skits. The facilitators’ casual and down to-earth manner encourages the students to ask questions freely and share their thoughts. At the end of the two part course, the students often equipped with tips on how to balance their academic, social and spiritual life in higher institution.

Without financial wisdom, money is lost by those who have it. With financial wisdom, money is secured by those who don’t have it, insha Allah.

The course covers the vital but basic principles of saving, income, increasing streams of income, investing, debt management, Islamic ethical investments and the importance of halal wealth-building

The Six Thinking Hats is a thinking tool developed by Edward deBono, an internationally acclaimed thinker.
It is a method of assessing ideas, suggestions, problems and issues from different useful perspectives that ensure systematic exploration in the process of decision making. It minimizes adversarial argument and leads to wise decisions arising from the consideration of all relevant factors.

Training in leadership, organization and people management, is given to students especially seniors.

The training includes:

  • Gung Ho: A course in team building and team work based on the observation of name of Allah’s creation.
  • Seeds of Leadership: A course which focuses on core principles necessary for effective leadership. Lessons are drawn from hadith, Qur’an and the examples leaders
  • Team building and Leadership, Games and exercises: These are games intended to teach them spirit, trust, communication and camaraderie.

These training activities last for about seven hours, though the training for senior students/coordinators is a continuous process involving the facilitators and key College staff. Adopting a hands-on approach, the training staff reinforce the lessons from the training activities, address problems as they occur, counsel, mentor, give positive redirection and offer personal and spiritual advice as often as possible.

All students in SS 1 and SS 2 take one period per week of Qur’anic Arabic, after having completed 3 years of Arabic Language in junior secondary.

The subject ‘Qur’anic Arabic’ empowers students to understand the meaning of their five daily prayers, supplications and recitation of the Qur’an.

“Qur’anic Arabic” enriches their understanding of the vocabulary of the Qur’an by connecting related words through their linguistic roots.