Muslim community launches youth’s universal access to education initiative

Muslim Community in the Northern region has embarked on a campaign to ensure universal access to education for its youths for them to be responsible citizens that could significantly contribute towards the country’s social economic development.

Muslims:  Education plus madrassa

Northern Region Quadra Muslim Association Chairperson, Alhaj Sailes Allie Kalonga said the campaign complements the Muslims’initiative in establishing secular primary and secondary schools in all madrassas.

“Our aim is to ensure that our children develop morally and spiritually. They should also get educated to march with the current economic trends and developments where education plays a vital role,” he said.

Kalonga explained the campaign titled, no child belonging to a Muslim stays home during learning hours,would come up with several incentives to encourage more children to remain in school.

One of the education commentators stress that the campaign could register immediate positive results if some cultural hindrances common among the muslins such as initiation ceremonies which in most cases are ill timed are modified.

“Their campaign is achievable and can bring a huge impact to the nation but my advice is that they need to do away with some cultural practices such as initiation ceremonies which disturb children from fully attending classes,” a graduate from Mzuzu University, Jack Msiska advised.

The development comes amid government’s efforts to achieve quality and inclusive education through establishment of boarding facilities for girls in some community secondary schools across the country.

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