23 get diploma in Arabic language

Students also taught psychology, teaching methodology

23 get diploma in Arabic language

The attempt of Mangalore based Hidayah Foundation to train teachers to teach Arabic language to Muslim community students borne fruit on Saturday, with the first batch of 23 students who completed Diploma Education in Arabic Language (DEAL) were conferred with course completion certificates at the Graduation Day programme held at IMA Hall.

The idea of training interested and qualified girls and women to teach Arabic language took shape in 2010, when a batch of over 10 candidates were sent to MESCO in Hyderabad to undergo Arabic training course. In the last three years, as many as 45 women candidates from DK were sent to MESCO and have returned as qualified Arabic teachers. Following its success, Hidayah Foundation decided to start an eight months Arabic teaching course for the interested candidates here in Mangalore. The course was started in collaboration with MESCO at Hidayah-MESCO Arabic Academy in the city.

Delivering the keynote address, Hidayah Foundation Founder Khasim Ahmed H K said as the first batch of 23 teachers have come out with flying colours with most of them already recruited as teachers in schools and Madrasas, the Academy has now planned to extend the course duration from eight months to ten months for the next batch commencing on June 30. “Candidates were not only taught Arabic grammar during the course process, but also were imparted training in Thajweed, Quran translation, Islamic knowledge, English, teaching methodology, psychology, personality development, computer science and. The team of newly trained teachers consists of engineering graduates, graduates, diploma and B.Ed holders,” he said.

Chief guest of the programme, Unity Academy of Education Chairman Dr C P Habeeb-ur-Rehman stressed on the need for Muslim community members to learn Arabic language as it will help them to understand Islam better. “Muslims have remained as a backward community because they have moved away from the original message of Quran which emphasises on education. About 80 per cent of the Muslims today do not know Arabic language and this lack of knowledge on Arabic language has created vacuum,” he said.

Pointing at two divisions among the educated Muslims, he said one class whose education is based on English and Greeko-Roman culture and another class of Muslims who are the product of Madrasa education. Both these classes stand on two extreme ends and they should be balanced, he insisted.

Former vice chancellor of Calicut and Kannur Universities Prof M Abdul Rahiman handed over certificates to the fresh diploma holders.

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