Islamic Schools in Netherlands


According to Statista, In 2018, the Netherlands counted 56 Islamic schools: 54 elementary schools and two secondary schools. According to the source, in the last ten years, the number of pupils attending Islamic elementary education increased from just over 9,300 to approximately 15,100. Currently, roughly one out of eight children with a Muslim background attend Islamic elementary education in the Netherlands.


The first Arabic primary school in the Netherlands opened in 1971: Bouschrã School in Amsterdam. Two Islamic primary schools followed in 1988: Tariq Bin Ziyad in Eindhoven and Al Ghazali in Rotterdam. Forty-three Islamic primary schools now belong to the ISBO.


Islamic schools have performed the best among all primary schools for five years.  According to annual school research by a Dutch television news service, RTL News, Islamic schools in the country received the highest score in 2018 with an average of 7.4 on the nationwide test at the end of primary school. In the research, RTL compared school results of the last three years.

Islamic Primary School El Boukhari in western Leerdam city came fifth, El Habib School in southern Maastricht city ninth, and Islamic Primary School Bilal in central Amersfoort city 10th, among 6,000 schools in the country.


It is no coincidence that Islamic schools have been the most successful for five years, the director of Gokhan Coban Islamic School Boards Organization (ISBO), told Anadolu Agency.


“Teachers work hard in our schools, and we offer religious education to children two hours a week in addition to the national curriculum,” Coban added.


Islamic schools are now an indispensable part of the Netherlands. They make a great contribution to Dutch society, he noted.


A total of 12,500 students are studying at 53 Islamic schools nationwide. Religious schools, which are funded by the states, have the same national curriculum as public schools. However, they have a bit more freedom to add religious teaching to their curriculum.


Participation in the test at the end of primary education is essential for entrance into secondary education.



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