BPI launches nat’l confab to enhance Islamic Education

The Baraka Policy Institute (BPI), a think tank, has launched a two-day national capacity building conference for stakeholders in the Islamic Education Unit (IEU).

The capacity building conference was aimed at restructuring the unit and engender positive teaching and learning outcomes.

The conference launched in Accra on Saturday was on the theme, “Effective Partnership for Quality Education Delivery in Ghana: The Role of Faith-Based Stakeholders”.

The Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President, Mr Abubakar Sadique Boniface, who launched the conference as the guest speaker, commended the institute for the steps taken to breach the gap in the Islamic education systems in the country.

He said the step had proved that the Muslim community could also provide a workable solution to problems of national interest.

He mentioned youth delinquency, bad sanitation, health related problems, infrastructural deficit, and immorality as some of the societal problems the Muslim community should help to address.

He urged the Executives in charge of administering the Zongo development fund to support the step BPI had taken to improve on education among Islamic schools in the country.

Mr Boniface said any child from any background could succeed in life if given proper education.

The minister reiterated the interest of the Government to strengthen the teaching and learning of the Arabic language in the country, saying, it would help the children to communicate effectively with the Arab world.

The Executive Director of the Institute, Dr Harun Zagoon-Sayeed, in his welcome address said the BPI in May 2016 began a national conversation on how to improve educational pursuits in deprived Muslim communities in the country.

It later discovered that the Muslim community in Ghana faced serious challenges in education and that situation was further impoverishing the community, therefore stakeholders called for a restructuring of the IEU to enhance positive educational outcomes in Muslim communities.

He said the IEU had developed a constitution to empower the Council and Management at the National, Regional and District levels to ensure quality and good performance in Islamic schools, adding that it addresses ownership, funding and quality.

A member of the Ghana Education Service Council, Mr Anis Haffar, in his keynote address said children were always ready to study if parents were ready to support them, hence called on parents to provide a quiet and comfortable place for their children at home to study.

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