Capacity building conference for stakeholders of Islamic Education Unit of GES ends

Alhaji Sadique Boniface (second from right) interacting with some of the participants.

Alhaji Sadique Boniface (second from right) interacting with some of the participants.

A two-day capacity building conference for stakeholders of the Islamic Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service ended in Accra.

Organised by the Baraka Policy Institute (BPI) on the theme “Effective Partnership for Quality Education Delivery in Ghana: The Role of Faith-Based Stakeholders” it was meant to improve education in the Muslim communities of the country.

Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President said Dr Mahamudu Bawaumia, the Vice President was particularly convinced that education was the only realistic way to lessen poverty and improve gender affluence in Muslim communities.

“Dr Bawumia believed that with the right educational foundation and support for uninterrupted schooling, a child from any background would be able to succeed in life,” he said.

He added that Dr Bawumia was also passionate about teaching and learning of Arabic as a language that could be leveraged upon to promote productive economic ties between Ghana and the Arab world.

Dr Harun Zagoon-Sayeed, the Executive Director of BPI, stated that BPI was mandated to galvanise its stakeholders in Islamic Education to ensure the successful completion of the IEU restructuring project.

He noted that Muslim communities in Ghana faced serious challenges in education adding that the situation was impoverishing the communities, thus there was the need to tease out specific actions to address the educational challenges in order to achieve positive educational outcomes in the Muslim communities in the country.

Dr Zagoon-Sayeed also emphasised on the new provisional IEU Constitution drafted to empower the council and management at the National, Regional and District levels adding that it would ensure quality and good performance in the various schools in the country.

“Indeed, the new IEU Constitution addresses ownership, funding and quality,” he highlighted.

Dr Zagoon-Sayeed announced the construction of the BPI new offices for it Executive Secretary at Kanda, a suburb of Accra, and commended the members of the National Council who had worked tirelessly with the BPI on the project.

Mr Anis Haffar, the Director of the Gate Institute and a member of the GES Council stated that Ghana needed to strengthen the management and supervision of its education system as well as improving the infrastructure of the schools in the country.

He added that Ghanaian teachers needed to provide effective leadership which would engender positive learning outcomes.

Mr Haffar, therefore, expressed the hope that the stakeholders would be equipped with the needed knowledge, plan and tools that would make the unit more effective and productive in the country.

BY EVANGEL KELVIN AINOO

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