Nonchalant attitudes: bane of Islamic education in Nigeria

published Feb. 9, 2022, 5:02 p.m. by mariamagboola

Nonchalant attitudes: bane of Islamic education in Nigeria

One of the challenges inhibiting the progress of Islamic Education in Nigeria is the nonchalant attitude of parents and the society in general to the system; thus affecting its proper funding.

Deputy Director of Islamic affairs, 3 Division of the Nigerian Army Jos, Colonel Abdul Kareem Muhammad said unlike Western Education, Islamic schools and institutions lack state support and the financial wherewithal to perform maximally to meet up with modern challenges.

Speaking at the N20m Fund Raising of Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) Jos Branch for the construction of its Learning Centre and the 2022 Calendar launching, he said the low educational background of some Islamic and Arabic teachers and the use of poor teaching methods have impacted negatively on Islamic education in the country.

Col. Mohammad who spoke on the topic ‘Ilorin Emirate: Reflection on its Culture, Customs and Tradition’ as the Guest Speaker of the occasion, commended IEDPU for taking up the initiative to construct a learning centre and urges all sundry to contribute immensely in making it a success.

Chairman of IEDPU Jos Branch, Alhaji Abdullahi Solahudeen explained that the association took up the challenge because it noticed that most of the children attending Arabic schools find it difficult to translate the Quran into their mother tongue.

According to him the Center of learning would fill the gap by equipping the children, not only to be able to translate the Holy Book to the mother tongue but also to English and thus, have a deeper understanding of the Qur’an.

On the achievement of the society since assuming office, Alhaji Solahudeen said some empowerment programmes have been introduced which had made many of its members to improve their businesses and meet up with their other financial obligations.

The former chairman, Mr. Abdul Kareem Babatunde Akanbi who was the Chief Launcher and other prominent sons and daughters of Ilorin in and around Jos as well as well wishers donated generously to the course with a promise by the present chairman that every kobo donated will be used for the purpose it was meant.

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Feb. 9, 2022, 9:38 p.m.


Nice to know IEDPU ( formerly IDPU) is still waxing strong. Kudos Jos Branch and more grease to your elbows.


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Mariam Agboola

A graduate of Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria,had a stint in the teaching profession berfore going to a post graduate Diploma in Journalism. Ever since she has remained in the profession for which she is passionate about and she tells those that care to listen that "it is the best profession in the universe"