About Talfalah Primary

Talfalah Primary is the oldest Muslim primary school in South. Learners from the areas of Sherwood Park, Manenberg, Philippi, Nyanga and surrounding areas. Talfalah Primary operated as a Madrassa school since 1912, it was in 1916 that the Madrassa was converted into a secular school. Mr Moosa Behardien was appointed as the school’s first principal with a small staff of 3 teachers from its humble premises in Draper Street, Claremont. In the 1930’s the school was thriving with such well-known teachers as the late Shakoer Toefy, the late Hassiem Edeross and the late Braema Phillips. With the introduction of the Group Areas Act in the 1950’s, the roll dwindled and the school was forced to move to its present site in 4th Avenue, Sherwood Park. Sadly the name ‘Talfalah’ was no more but the enthusiasm of the new Sherwood Park Primary’s first principal Mr Cassiem Isaacs, ensured a smooth transition. In 1974 the school boasted an enrolment of 1400 learners, the third largest primary school in the country with 11 double-shift classes. Mr Isaacs served as principal until 1977. Thereafter Mr Haka Galant took over until 1990, to be succeeded by Mr N Jamodien (1990-1994), Mr I Sadan (1995-2001) and currently Mr MA Karriem. Two of the most famous Talfalah alumni are the late Sheikh Salie Abadie and Imam Ebrahim (Sep) Davids. However, Talfalah blood still courses through the veins of most of the old Claremont community – ask the Galants, the Conrads, the Adams’, the Toefy’s, the Moos’, etc. Talfalah Primary is the oldest Muslim primary school in SA. Learners from the areas of Sherwood Park, Manenberg, Philippi, Nyanga and surrounding areas.

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Talfalah Primary admits a diverse muslim student body without regard to the students’ race, gender, citizenship or family wealth. A multi-faceted selection process will ensure that talented muslim students from impoverished backgrounds have an opportunity to attend the College. Selection will be based on academic merit alone, and we anticipate that all our learners will receive financial assistance to attend the College. Leadership will be formally taught in the College’s curriculum with the goal of instilling a robust system of values in our students. Students will discover the traits of highly effective leaders from case studies. “Leadership Perspectives” speaker series will bring distinguished leaders from across the continent to share their experiences with students. Each student will also receive individual leadership coaching from his or her personal mentor. Students will engage in various exercises and experiences designed to develop their interpersonal skills. And in their final year on campus, each student will be required to plan and execute a Culminating Project that has a lasting positive impact on an African community. Talfalah Primary seeks to provide its students with the foundation and inspiration they will need to design innovative solutions to challenging problems and create entrepreneurial ventures. Periodic “design challenges” will help student access their creativity to develop innovative solutions. Guest speakers will act as entrepreneurial role models and will help students gain the confidence required to one day embark upon their own entrepreneurial journeys. An annual business plan competition for seniors will motivate students to think about the types of organizations they someday want to create and lead. Talfalah Primary will help students gain admission to the world’s premiere universities and will provide students with expert guidance in navigating the university admissions process. We will ensure that our graduates have a strong chance of gaining admission to and scholarship assistance from leading global universities that best match their interests and needs. After students have left for university, the College’s careers office will maintain relations with graduates, alerting them to job opportunities and enabling them to build a career on the continent.
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