Dayah Jeumala Amal has the reputation of being one of the premiere moden pesantren in Indonesia. It is the only pesantren to receive ISO quality certification. There hosted me for one week in March along with my colleage, Senior Fellow Dr. Liz England. The school provided us with accommodations and all of our meals during the entire stay. They were extremely generous hosts, and we came away learning more about teaching in this context than we probably taught them.
During that week Liz and I led a 3 day teacher workshop, followed by a 2 day cultural workshop for the students. The week was capped off with presentations by study abroad alumni from the United States, Germany, Australia, and Egypt.
45 teachers attend our workshop, 80 students attend the cultural training, and 200 students attend the alumni presentations.
The female teachers at the school
The male teachers
The male teachers are playing Taboo
We also played Memory/Concentration