The international curriculum forms the basis of religious education programmes organised by the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Boards (ITREBs). The curriculum presents a graded programme of instruction which examines Islam as both faith and civilisation, historically and in contemporary times. It approaches the study of Islam in general, and the Shia Ismaili tradition specifically, from humanistic, civilisational and normative perspectives. Its overall aim is to educate young Ismailis in the faith, ethics, history and cultures of Muslim societies, and the Ismaili Muslim community in particular.
The curriculum draws upon modern principles of education, with the intention of making learning a creative and engaging experience for young minds, as well as seeking to bridge religious and secular education. The teaching and learning materials produced include student readers and textbooks, guides for teachers and parents, and learning resources which include activity books, posters and picture cards.