5 Innovative Nigerian Muslim Women Educators

In order for kids to explore, experiment, and learn about the world around them and come up with new ideas and better solutions to issues, teachers play a crucial role in this process. They are also in charge of encouraging the students they teach to think creatively. The practice of proactively implementing new teaching methodologies and strategies in the classroom is known as innovative teaching. These innovative teaching techniques are being used to raise academic standards, address pressing issues, and support equitable learning.

Teachers who are considered innovative are connected to the world around them. These connections can digital, community-oriented, and/or oriented toward professional development. Innovative teachers are also deeply connected to the needs of their students. Innovative educators share common characteristics that set them apart from others in the field.

Modern tech platforms offer options for those looking to enter the online tutoring market. Today, trustworthy halal-based platforms are being built by Nigerian Muslim educators around the world using technology to educate both the young and the old in our community.

Here are the top Muslim women educators from Nigeria who are inventive and use technology to influence and impact learning processes by giving their pupils the orientation, support, and training they need to be informed, engaged, inspired, empowered, taught to, and elevated. They are change-makers, and their bravery is admirable!

1. Aisha Adebayo

Aisha Adebayo is pluricultural and plurilingual educationist as a result of her lived experiences with different languages and cultures both in Nigeria and Canada – which are richly diverse countries. Consequently, her views of the world, awareness and engagement with languages and cultures have further been expanded and enriched.

This broad worldview is apparent in the innovative projects she initiates to enrich the lives of people across the world.

Some of her past projects include- Read4Growth, which was an online reading platform for women. Books selected in this platform were carefully chosen to promote all round growth in the lives of its members. With particular focus on self development, financial et business literacy.

Aisha’s quest for working with children as an educationist led to the formation of kidscomefirst. A platform that catered for the early childhood needs of children by enlightening parents on best practices for giving their children the best head start in life. With particular emphasis on the role of play and books in ensuring children gain the much-needed life long social emotional skills. This was through numerous free webinars she organized.

Noticing the absence of a vibrant read aloud culture among parents of children under 6years old prompted her to start her Children’s Bookstore: Kidscomefirst Bookstore. She used this platform to further enlighten parents on the importance of reading aloud to their children from infancy or even before birth, as she likes to argue. This is due to the fact that she noted research has proved that children start hearing before birth, so reading to a child before birth is a great idea.

Being a visionary and innovative educator, Aisha organized a program tagged Ramadan for Kids Series in 2020. This was with the aim of keeping children productively and halal engaged during the COVID-19 Ramadan period. Due to the huge success by the will of Allah, Ramadan for Kids Series is now an annual event that runs throughout Ramadan with views from different corners of the world. It features interactive and captivating Storytime, art and craft, fun fact sessions amongst other. If you are wondering how you can see this wonderful program… it is live on her YouTube channel –Aisha Adebayofor your kids’ viewing pleasure.

Aisha Adebayo has been always busy coming up with different creative ideas for impacting the lives of children across the world. Aisha is looking forward to publishing her first plurilingual children’s book and she is willing work with like minds interested in promoting literacy and socio-emotional skills in children through educating parents on the importance of reading aloud to their children. She’s also interested in working with kindhearted donors and sponsors who can support her “free-book for all” idea.

“This will promote literacy and socio-emotional skills in children, especially those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, thereby giving them better opportunities in the future bi idhni Llah.”

Aisha Adebayo

She is equally a wife and mother.

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2. Aminat Ajose

At the Science Crew Educational Consult, Aminat Ajose works as an Edtech and STEM consultant.

The Science Crew is a certified STEM education firm with the mission of transforming STEM teaching and learning by giving young students between the ages of 5 and 13 relevant STEM learning experiences that will help them develop the higher level critical thinking abilities necessary to solve problems in the real world.

She provides STEM clubs and consulting services to schools all throughout Nigeria with her staff of six instructors. They achieve this by offering STEM advisory serviced to schools, STEM teacher training services, and STEM club activities (science experiments, coding, and robotics) in schools.

“We teach 21st century skills of coding and robotics using technology tools like computers, tablets, robotics Kits, interactive boards etc.

Students have gone ahead to develop a higher level of cognitive skills as a result of the practical technology classes we facilitate.”

Aminat Ajose

3. Mariam Ashraff

Mariam Ashraff is a teacher with more than a decade experience in educating children, teenagers and adults.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies from the prestigious University of Ilorin and also possess a Master’s Degree.

Mariam has great communication skills and has developed a unique style of teaching using stories and emphatic individual participation.

She has taught in various leading schools in Abuja and Nasarawa State and has bathed superior roles in school academics up to Head, Department of Islamic studies.

The current corona virus pandemic had a significant effect on the global economy, educational system, and state of health. Over 150 countries have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted education for 1.6 billion kids. Many nations responded by using remote learning in some capacity. The implementation of remote learning techniques was the primary emphasis of the early COVID-19 education response. These attempted to contact every pupil but sometimes failed. Education strategies have changed along with the pandemic. In many jurisdictions, schools are currently partially or fully open.

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In Nigeria, the government as a part of the nationwide lockdown closed all educational institutions, as a consequence of which, the teaching-learning, examination and placement scenario of students were affected. The adoption of an online e-learning approach tried to minimize the academic loss and stress on students. However, the online teaching transition moved on an untested and unprecedented scale in a very short span of period.

The standard of education in Nigeria is high, and stakeholders in the sector consistently put the needs of the students first. This abrupt switch from the traditional to the virtual method had an impact on education at the time of the pandemic because of the students’ different origins, including urban areas, rural areas, remote areas, rural-urban areas.

“Educating teenagers comes with it’s own topsy turvy experience. They look up to you as a mentor and may even become “pleasers” especially as they enjoy your lessons lessons and find your character amiable. In all these, you need to be extraordinary to keep them in school and class and one needs to devise interesting means to this effect. During our virtual lessons, these teens tend to replicate a non challant attitude at the onset, but to buy them after I started to call their names individually in my videos just to give them a sense of recognition and also to reward them.”

Mariam Ashraff

4. Olasunkanmi Khadijah Yusuf

Khadijah Yusuf is a Virtual Teacher, Teacher’s trainer, and YouTuber with over 10 years of experience in teaching.

She badged a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Lagos and was the Best Graduating Student During her first degree at the Tai Solarin University of Education.

She has worked with numerous children in Physical and Online schools, helping young learners to read independently and solve simple arithmetic confidently and parents are pleased with the results.

Khadijah loves to explore and see beautiful things around as well as make engaging and captivating educational videos for kids. To this effect, she created a YouTube
channel, Genial Kids, where educational videos are uploaded weekly to help children around the world.

She also supports parents and other educators to create content, captivating videos, and other tools needed to achieve impactful and fun-filled teaching and learning process.

“The use of technology in teaching in a virtual school not only makes learning more interesting and engaging, but also offers possibilities for variations in the learning processes. Learners stay glued and are always willing to do more, in fact, some wish classes never end.”

Khadijah Yusuf

Khadijah is presently the Team lead at Genial Educonsult, she also works with a variety of Online Schools. She is Married and blessed with Kids.

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5. Umm Maryam

Yorùbá Literates was founded by Umm Maryam. Yorùbá Literates is an Online Yorùbá tutoring service specialising in nurturing Muslim children to be able to speak, read and write Yorùbá. The platform is on a mission for every Yorùbá Muslim child to be proud of their identity!

“In our millennial age where we can hardly identify ourselves with our culture, we can hardly separate shirk from culture and we prefer to groom our children in foreign languages instead of our own language. Little do you understand that the religion is best taught in your mother language to ensure deeper understanding.”

Yorùbá Literates

This initiative aims to create real Yorùbá educational materials and curricula that are created with your little Muslim child in mind, thanks to the dedication of sisters from all over the world who have made significant contributions to the project.

Yorùbá Literates help Muslim children to learn how to read, speak and write Yoruba without being afraid of the contents, i.e., The platform aim for a music and shirk free contents in shaa Allaah. It provides live online Yorùbá tuition classes, short courses and full curriculum courses.




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3 comments on “5 Innovative Nigerian Muslim Women Educators

Tawakalit Ibrahim

So proud of them,Sis Aishat Adebayo help my kids through Quranic Verses memorisation during Ramadan on Her kidscomefirst platform and even sent My son Package for a well performance during d class.Jazakumullahi khairan for this opportunity,pls do not relent in the Deen.
I have heard about Sis Mariam Ashrraf before but pleas how can we benefit from the STEM initiative. Thank you

Aisha Adebayo

Amin… JazaakumuLlahu khoyr sister Tawakalit for the wonderful comments. May Allah accept our efforts as acts of worship


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