Baraka Policy Institute Holds Conference to Boost Islamic Education

Islamic Education
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 is to restructure 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”.

Mr Abubakar Sadique Boniface, the Minister of State at the office of the Vice President, 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.

Dr Harun Zagoon-Sayeed, the Executive Director of the Institute 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.

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

He said technology was one of the key assets needed to promote quality education as it makes teaching and learning easier and called on Islamic schools to consider employing technology in teaching.

“Don’t teach children to be like you. Teach them to be better than you and enable them to be able to live in the unpredictable and unprecedented world we will leave them in the future,” he said.

Mr Haffar advised teachers and parents to inculcate reading culture in children and provide them with the materials they need to develop interest in learning.

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