UMSC Launches Islamic Education Curriculum

By Drake Nyamugabwa

Uganda Muslim Supreme Council {UMSC} has launched the first ever Islamic Education Curriculum for Nursery and Primary schools in Uganda.

The curriculum was launched at the UMSC headquarters Old Kampala by the 2nd Deputy Mufti of Uganda Shk. Ali Muhammad Waiswa, on behalf of His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje; who is in Nairobi for the African Council of Religious Leaders (ACRL) Executive Committee Meeting. In his remarks, Shk. Waiswa hailed the H.E the Mufti for championing the efforts to have curriculums for both Primary and Secondary schools.  He noted that the curriculum represents years of pain taking research, studying, field-testing and evaluation by a UMSC technical team with support from the Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum (UMYDF).

“The curriculum we are launching today will be helpful to our students; to acquire the necessary holistic knowledge and skills for practicing Islamic etiquettes and serving humanity in all spheres” Shk. Waiswa said.

He said UMSC is already in the process of developing a National Islamic Educations curriculum for secondary schools. The Ministry of Education was represented by the Commissioner for Private Schools in Uganda Mr. Ismail Mulindwa, who hailed UMSC’s efforts towards improving Muslim education. He expressed the Ministry’s support for the Islamic education curriculum and pledged the continued cooperation between UMSC and the education ministry.

“The cooperation between UMSC and the Ministry of Education is now stronger than ever and it is growing day by day” Mr. Mulindwa noted. Mr. Mulindwa added that; the ministry of Education is in the process of streamlining the Muslim schools ownership. The UMYDF Team Leader Ahmed Hadji pledged his organization’s continued partnership with UMSC, especially in the area of offering local and international fellowships for Imams and Muslim school administrators.

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