Ban Nua Community


Not to be missed - a group photo to commemorate the Ban Nua 5.0 Programme


With a theme on "Empowering Community for Development", MISDEV'14 (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-mode) students had successfully organized an empowering program aimed at the grass root level of the Ban Nua community in Thailand. The 3-day-2 night programme ran from 21 November 2014 until 23 November 2014. The Ban Nua 5.0 Programme represents the commitment of ISDEV and the Ban Nua community to forge closer the ties that have been consistently renewed and strengthened annually for the past years.
ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh led the delegates consisting of ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr. Zakaria Bahari, ISDEV Programme Coordinator, Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and ISDEV lecturers Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi, Dr. Mohd Syakir and Dr. Wan Norhaniza as well as 35 MISDEV'14 students and four RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research Mode) students.
Professor Syukri (centre) with four lecturers from UNISSA, Brunei Darussalam.

In addition to ISDEV members, this year's programme were also joined by four lecturers from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Brunei Darussalam. They are Pengiran Dr. Saiful Bahrin Pengiran Hj Kula, Muhammed Sahrin Hj. Masri, Hajah Nurul Halimatul Wara’ Hj Mumin, and Hajah Rafizah Haji Abdullah.
A member of the Ban Nua community guided ISDEV members on the pronunciation
of some basic expression in the Thai Language.

The programme was packed with useful activities such as “Qiamullail” which started as early at 4.00 am followed by the congregational Subuh prayer. A nasyeed teaching session, pantomime practice, reorganizing the Mini Library of the Ban Nua community, and Thai Language Class were also organized with the cooperation of Ban Nua representatives specially for participation of the programme. 
Make me beautiful the Islamic way - part of the "Comelkan Saya" activity.

“Comelkan Saya" was a programme specially dedicated for the muslimah children of the Ban Nua community that focused on teaching them how to wear hijab in the proper way of Islam. Besides that Islamic cultural performances were also presented to participants by the innocent children of Ban Nua.
Cultural performance by the little Muslimah of the Ban Nua community.

The “Gotong-royong’’, a never-to-be-missed activity was also included in the programme as participants worked together to spruce up the clean surroundings and well maintained Ban Nua Mosque.There was also a friendly futsal match between ISDEV brothers with UNISSA representative playing one team against the Ban Nua community team. The ISDEV-UNISSA team won the match on penalties after both team drew 4-4.
The sisters of ISDEV hard at work during the gotong royong
Dr. Mohd Syakir (wearing a white cap) during the friendly futsal match.

Besides having informal activities there were also two academic programmes consisting of “Dialog Pendedadan Pembangunan Wakaf’ and 'Pembangunan Koperasi Komuniti Ban Nua". Both dialogues were discussed by three panels, ISDEV Director Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Dr. Wisoot Lateh@Tobrani. Naimah Mohd Najib and Siti Rubiah were served as Moderators for the two dialogue sessions.
The dialogue on Pendedahan Pembangunan Wakaf Kominiti Ban Nua . 
(From right to left) Dr. Zakaria, Dr Tobrani, Prof. Syukri and the moderator Naimah.

From the activities that were organized, the participants learned that the Ban Nua 5.0 programme has further strengthened the ukhuwwah between the Ban Nua community, through several initiatives such as in the areas of knowledge sharing and cooperative ownership, management and improvement of mini library, sports and youth culture, and of course of learning the Thai language.
3 representatives - ISDEV, Ban Nua and UNISSA sharing a feeling of blissful contentment after the closing ceremony.

Furthermore participants were also able to develop their knowledge and understanding hands-on on the community's involvement in developing the self-sustaining Ban Nua community. An apt place for one to have on the ground practical knowledge of managing development according to the worldview and epistemological basis of Islam.

Saying goodbye to the Ban Nua community - till we meet again next year, in sha Allah.

ISDEV students are also given the chance to use the Ban Nua community and another community in Malaysia as a social laboratory of ISDEV where development theories built in ISDEV can be tested, published its findings and even produce theses at the Masters and Doctorates levels through the engagement with both communities and empowering them to achieve sustainability.



The ISDEV-Teacher representatives
with ISDEV lecturers, fellows and statistician

28 April - A total of 13 delegates from ISDEV led by ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Shukri Salleh left for Ban Nua, Thailand on 9 April, 2013 to attend a program jointly organized by ISDEV, the Ban Nua Community and Walailak University.
Murni Yusof (third from right) leader of the ISDEV-Teacher delegates

The program signified the First Malay Language and English Language Camp ("the Language Camp"). ISDEV had sent six students as the Malay and English Teachers who are led by Murni Yusoff. They were assisted by nine students from the Walailak University and 10 students from the Prince of Songkhla University who acted as tutors and interpreters in the Language Camp.

The venue for the opening ceremony - The Masjid Ban Nua 

The opening ceremony of the program was held the following day at the Masjid Ban Nua. Among those present in this ceremony were Prof. Muhammad Shukri Salleh, ISDEV Director, Dr. Wisoot bin Lateh (also known affectionately as Dr Tobrani) the Imam of Ban Nua, and Ajan Razak Panamalae, Head of Walailak University delegation. 


Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, ISDEV Director, delivering the opening ceremony

After the opening ceremony, a ta‘aruf (orientation) session between the ISDEV-Teacher delegates and  the tutors and interpreters from Walailak University and the Prince of Songkhla University were held.


All those involved in the Language Camp with Dr.Tobrani (in white)

The ISDEV-teachers delegates were at Ban Nua for the Language Camp for two weeks. The Language Camp started on 10 April, 2013 and ended on 25 April, 2013. The Camp coordinator is Dr Idris Mansor. The target group of the Language Camp is the primary school going students in that area.

The venue of study - where the language classes were conducted



The First Ban Nua Language Camp

Straight from the heart - Mohd. Rizal (seated-centre) with his students


June 7 - On 23 April 2013, six ISDEV delegates who were sent to the Ban Nua Language Camp finally arrived in Penang. The camp which took place for 15 days in the Ban Nua Village at Hatyai, Thailand had accomplished and met its objective. The ISDEV delegates who participated in the camp were Murni (leader), Nur Ilani, Nuruleifaa, Nurhidayah, Abdullah Fahimy, and Mohd Rizal. They had successfully played their roles as the Malay Language and English Language teachers.

Nuruleifaa (left) about to begin her class

The language camp which was the first-of-its kind camp was organized by the Ban Nua Community had received an overwhelming response. A total of 216 students aged between 9 to 13 years old participated in the camp. Those students hailed from the states of Southern Thailand which included Songkhla, Yala, Satun, Narathiwat, and Pattani. The objective of the camp was to cultivate the Islamic culture in human’s life beginning from the young through the language medium. The camp was fulfilled with meaningful activities as early as 4.00am and lasted until 9.00pm every day.

Lesson in session - Nur Ilani and Nurhidayah conducting their class
Abdullah Fahimy (left - back row standing) with his class
after the students' assessment test

The preparation for both the Malay and English languages teaching had begun much earlier with Dr Idris Mansor, who acted as the language coordinator for the camp. From 9.00am until 3.00pm every day, the Malay and English classes were conducted in the Ban Nua School, located immediately beside the Ban Nua Mosque. The language classes were separated according to the gender, of which 134 were female while the remaining students were male. There were seven classes divided among seven teachers.
Now as students - ISDEV delegates learning the Thai Language

In addition to teaching the languages, ISDEV delegates also grabbed the opportunity to learn the Thai language to facilitate their communications with the Ban Nua Community. The Thai class had been conducted by two teachers from Ban Nua School who were also fluent with the Malay and English Languages.

All eyes on Murni as she imparts knowledge from her heart

Besides honing their teaching skills and contributing to the language literacy, the 15 days experience of living in the fishermen’s village in Thailand to teach in the language camp, have allowed these ISDEV delegates to gain much more than could be hoped for through reflections and the lessons learnt especially  in strengthening their spiritual aspects.