About Us

The greater Hopkins area is a strong community with racial, cultural and socio -economic diversity. The fast changing of its racial diversity has introduced diverse needs and demands in various sectors including education. The new entrants are immigrants who have arrived from various countries of the world, and one such group is the Somali community which has different needs in education that this project seeks to address.

Shafi’i Tutoring and Homework Help is an after-school program that aims at enriching what students have learnt from school in three main areas: Math, Reading and Writing. Besides tutoring, teachers also help students to complete their homework in the three key critical areas in addition to concerns they may have in other subjects. The program recognizes that academic achievement in the three core areas will unlock their potential in tackling the challenges posed by the learning process. It also recognizes that academic achievement and advancement is enhanced by student behavior that is respectful, positive as well as goal-setting.

We provide seminars that are motivational besides having discussions on how they can successfully integrate and live in the community. We let them know that one’s future success story starts now and hence self- discipline in being responsible in completing tasks is a key component of their lives which does not wait but begins right away. We teach our students how to organize and accomplish tasks allocated to them in class and how this organizational behavior is replicated at home and life in general. Our learning therefore is enriched with real-life experiences that touch on their lives.

Migrant parents have given our center a thumbs-up because of the good work we do. More want to enroll their children in our center, however, we are limited with space. Once we receive funding we will definitely move to a bigger one. We would like students who attend our center to achieve parity with other students in the regular school program.

Our Organization Our Community

Our organization is a community of Somali students. Most of our students are ESL and ELL. We have henceforth developed a reading and writing mechanism which we believe will make them have a future in which they compete equally with other students in regular schooling. It will enable them integrate easily into the normal classroom and create equal opportunities for learning and achievement. We have seen a lot of improvement on individual students since the program started, which is very encouraging and this has made many families within the community to want to enroll their children in our center.

Goals of Our Project

  • To improve the students’ level of English.
  • To lead students to achieve proficient in grammar, reading, listening comprehension, writing and vocabulary.
  • Increase ELL and ESL students’ use of English language to enhance peer interaction.
  • Assist students in our community gain a strong foundation in Mathematics that will enable them tackle future challenges of Mathematics in addition to helping them navigate how to relate and use Math in solving real life situations.
  • Increase ELL and ESL students’ use of English language to enhance peer interaction.
  • Assist students in our community gain a strong foundation in Mathematics that will enable them tackle future challenges of Mathematics in addition to helping them navigate how to relate and use Math in solving real life situations.
  • Assist our students to gain a deeper understanding of the Somali culture by relating learning activities to their culture in addition to having candid discussions about Somali culture and how it can be kept and enhanced into future generations.
  • Help our students set goals that are measurable and achievable in school and in life by breaking down tasks into pieces that can be completed one by one systematically.

Our Project and the Somali Arts, Culture and Heritage in Minnesota

One of the periods is dedicated to the learning of the Quran. Every student in our center attends a Quran class as a religious class in different centers.In this class we blend Quran studies with Somali culture and teach students on how they blend with each other.

Students learn the importance of preserving the Somali cultural heritage and how it religiously intertwines with the Quran religious studies. The Somali culture, the Somali Arts and Quran Studies are inseparable. We show students how to relate learning of Math and Reading to Somali Cultural heritage by giving Somali examples and not forgetting our teachers are from Somalia and Kenya.
In order to preserve and enhance the Somali Cultural Heritage in Minnesota, we are designing our curriculum to include Somali History which we believe will make the Somali community have an understanding of where they have come from and what their future portends.