HADI is involved in several educational development initiatives that promote richer understanding of different cultures, societies and languages.
In 2007, HADI launched the Center for the Languages, Arts & Societies of the Silk Road, known as CLASSRoad. The historic Silk Road, dating back to 5,000 B.C., is well known for connecting the numerous far-flung civilizations,cultures and faiths of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Through trade, pilgrimage, conquest, diplomacy, and the exchange of knowledge and science, human societies intermingled and transformed each other.
The Silk Road provides a powerful metaphor for HADI’s efforts to improve cross-cultural understanding across and between East and West in today’s world.
CLASSRoad project of HADI is among the recipients of the highly competitive STARTALK grant which is a multi-million dollar federal funding administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. Through this grant CLASSRoad has established Arabic teacher training programs in collaboration with California State University at San Bernardino and has developed a comprehensive online training system.
CLASSRoad is a pioneer in developing online Arabic teacher training workshops. These courses can be purchased by educational institutions and managed by designated instructors. Individuals seeking to enhance their Arabic teaching skills can enroll in these courses.
HADI is currently seeking grant support to develop similar teacher training courses centered on Persian and Turkish, and Teaching English as a Second Language.
CLASSRoad also organizes arts programs, film screenings, and other cultural events. For example, in partnership with SK Films, in 2009 CLASSRoad organized premier screenings of Journey to Mecca, an award-winning IMAX documentary film that chronicles the life and times of Ibn Battuta during his first pilgrimage to Mecca.
In 2008, CLASSRoad hosted “A Night of Rumi” at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, featuring a screening of Peaceful Warrior, starring Nick Nolte.
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IslamiCity Online Education
In 2010, HADI began offering courses through IslamiCity Online Education, modeled on the CLASSRoad language course infrastructure. These courses are intended to provide practical and reliable knowledge on a variety of topics pertaining to Muslim life. The inaugural course, “Before You Say ‘I Do’: Preparing for the Marriage of a Lifetime,” provides an excellent overview of Islamic teachings and parameters regarding marriage, and the realistic expectations prospective mates should cultivate before making the commitment.
Other courses are in development, such as a course on Management according to Islamic Principles and Ethics, and will be made available to institutions and individuals.
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HADI also supports various non-profit schools in underserved communities, and distributes free resources to those in need.