Kumasi, Dec 30, GNA – The Ghana Muslim Mission (GMM) has raised GH¢200,000.00 in support of the construction of infrastructure for a university it has started at Esreso in the Bosomtwe District.
This was at its 56th annual national conference held at the Islamic Senior High School (SHS) at Bohyen, Kumasi.
Sheikh Dr. Amin Bonsu, National Chairman of the Mission, said the establishment of the university was their contribution towards efforts at making tertiary education accessible to more young people.
He said education development was one of their main priorities and that was why they had over the years been engaged with the planting of schools across the nation.
The Mission presently has 114 basic schools and two SHS with a combined enrolment of over 30,000 students.
Sheikh Dr. Bonsu said they were determined to stand with the government every step of the way to improve access and quality of the nation’s education.
It was for this reason that they have acquired large swaths of land at Sefwi-Boako in the Western Region, Sunyani in Brong-Ahafo, Domeabra in Greater Accra and Mankesim in the Central Region, towards the building of educational institutions.
He announced plans to establish a College of Education at Beposo in the Sekyere-Central District and a Nursing Training School at Kukuom in the Asunafo South District.
They were also ready to give out some of their acquired lands for the government’s community-based SHS project.
Mr. Samuel Sarpong, Ashanti Regional Minister, applauded the initiatives of the Mission, which he said tied-in with the national development agenda.
The GMM has proved to be a strong and credible partner in the development of education, he added.
Mr. Kofi Sarfo Kantanka, Ashanti Regional Education Director, invited the education units of the various missions to assist tackle the high incidence of teacher absenteeism.
He described the situation as deeply disturbing and said this needed to change.
Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase, spoke of the importance of education and said it was the effective tool to fight poverty.
He therefore counseled Muslim parents to do everything to enroll all their children – both boys and girls, in school.