ISLAMIC EDUCATION UNIT TRAINS ARABIC TEACHERS
From Michael Boateng, Sunyani
A total of 150 Arabic Teachers were drawn from all parts of the region to Sunyani to upgrade their skills and knowledge as well as how to effectively use the Arabic syllabus to make teaching and learning of Arabic more attractive to Islamic children.
The General Manager of Islamic Education Unit, Mr. Baba Halid Yahya, disclosed that since 1987 when the Islamic Education Unit was instituted, there has not been a uniformed Arabic syllabus to be used by teachers in teaching Islamic children.
He said lack of a uniformed Arabic syllabus has affected the growth of Islamic Religion because most of the children convert to Christianity when they attended Christian institutions and are impacted with their teachings.
Mr. Baba Halid Yahya continued that Arabic has not been included in the West African Examination Council Subjects due to lack of a uniformed syllabus, but fortunately the Islamic Education Unit and the Education Council has managed to come out with a uniformed syllabus on Arabic.
The National Coordinator of Arabic Teachers, Sheikh Ismail Saied Adam indicated that the coming into being of the Arabic syllabus can only help improve the teaching and learning of Arabic through the collaborative efforts of all Arabic teachers in the country.
According to him, Arabic is a culture for Islam so it is important to preserve it, hence the need for Arabic teachers who are Agents for the preservation of the Arabic culture to abide strictly to the syllabus to improve on its teachings.
He also disclosed that the University of Education, Kumasi Campus has accepted to offer a degree in Arabic education to train professional Arabic Teachers in the country to help the growth of Islam.
On his part the Regional Manager of the Islamic education Unit, Mr. Yussif Imoru called for the establishment of Arabic Teacher Training Colleges to have adequate professional Arabic teachers who can effectively teach Arabic in the Islamic schools.
He advised Arabic teachers to learn the English language in addition to the Arabic so that they can effectively impact the Islamic knowledge on the children with ease.
The National Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alhaji Moctar Bamba called on Moslems to unite for development in peace to uplift the dignity of Islam.
He said for rapid development, there should be a Jihad in all aspect of Islamic religion, particularly in education and Health, among other social interventions.
Alhaji Moctar Bamba called on Islamic leaders not to keep mute on national issues, but always come out appropriately with suggestions of national interest that could help develop the country in peace and unity.
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