English Day: English Speaking Yes, Westernization No

Tuesday and Thursday at Junior high School of Raudlatul Jannah are English Day. All school members must speak English, starting from the principal, teachers, students until cleaning service. Initially, it was hard to get started, relating our reluctance to move from mother tongue to English.

There is a sense of shyness or fear of being wrong to speak in English. But as time goes by, the difficulty has been lesser and lesser and as time goes by, everybody is starting to enjoy it. Izul, eighth grade student, says that being smart in English is not the only purpose of English Day but what also important is the participants or students can become better global citizens, citizens of the world who know and care about current world issues such as environmental issues, world peace and so on.

Another important thing is that the students are capable of thinking globally by acting locally. Whereas the world still carries the plurality in all its aspects, the values of local wisdom must retains. Towards a life as modern humans but not as stylish western-style free-living and so on. Allah has forbidden to imitate the behavior of these infidels, including loving of and being loyal to them. As it is mentioned in the holy Quran. This is also confirmed from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘Alaihi wa sallam) saying; “Whoever imitates a group of people then one is a part of that group.” SW


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