Chief Imam inaugurates Durra Institute

Chief Imam Sheikh Sharubutu being assisted by Sheikh Sharif to cut the tape to officially open the Institute

Chief Imam Sheikh Sharubutu being assisted by Sheikh Sharif to cut the tape to officially open the Institute

The National Chief Imam, Sheikh (Dr) Osman Nuhu Sharubutu on Saturday inaugurated the Durra Institute in Accra to promote the study of Arabic as an examinable language under the West African Examination Council.

The institute has also been tasked to reform the “Makaranta” teaching module of the Arabic language, to a more organised and professional module to attract more people.

Arabic is one of the most widely spoken language in the world, spoken by an estimated 422 million people in more than 20 countries; and one of the official languages of the United Nations.

Established in 2015 with support from the Durra Foundation of Jordan, the Institute has the vision to afford Ghanaians an opportunity to learn the language from best instructors, using the most suitable resources in an enabling environment.

The Founder and Chief Patron of the Institute, Husni Kamal Atheba explained that Durra in Arabic depicted a priceless stone, stating “that is what we have sought to mold this Institute after. An ensuring, genuine, strong, valuable and undiluted teaching and learning.”

He said globalisation has increasingly made Arabic language very useful to job seekers adding that “Arabic opens opportunities in business, government, nonprofit sector, education and beyond.

“Despite its prevalence, many countries report shortage of Arabic speakers, thus creating demand which has made knowledge of the language so desirable,” he added.

He added that for non-Muslims, learning Arabic offered opportunity for the promotion of tolerance and understanding of Islam and the Arab culture.

A renowned educationist and scholar Sheikh Ishaq Nuamah urged the government to collaborate with the Institute to help enhance the teaching and learning of the Arabic language in the country.

Rear Admiral (Rtd) Muhammed Munir Tahiru who chaired the inaugural ceremony commended the founders of the Institute for their foresight and spoke on the need for people to avail themselves of the opportunity to learn the language for their benefit.

The Member of Parliament for Ayawaso Central, Henry Quartey in a speech read for him by his aide, Abdul-Rashid Sambo, expressed his appreciation to the founders for establishing the Institute and urged them to work to sustain the initiative.

Present was the Founder of Durra Foundation of Jordan Sheikh Husni Sharif.

 By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman

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