May 16, 2008, 8:36 AM
If every thing goes well as planned, female students intending to acquire higher education in Islamic studies in The Gambia would no more need to travel abroad due to lack of access in the country, as the work on the foundation of a new Islamic faculty for girls has been laid.
The minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr Momodou Tangara, on behalf of President Jammeh recently laid the foundation stone of the first Islamic Institute for Girls Education in The Gambia at Tallinding.
Minister Tangara said education and technology are key to the development of any nation.
He however noted that knowledge without discipline and practice is absolutely of no use.
He said that any nation that neglects women’s education is destined to fail and used the opportunity to thank President Jammeh for promoting Islam.
For his part, the Mayor of KMC, Yankuba Kolley, said it is very important to have such a facility in the country.
Mayor Kolley noted that Madarasa education is an important component of the national education curriculum and the Tallinding Islamic Institute under the Gambia Islamic Union is a pioneer in the formalization of Islamic religious education in the country.
“It is absolutely important therefore that Islamic education be widened to ensure a better understanding of the faith against complexities surrounding it in the present day and age,” he said.
The principal of the Tallinding Islamic Institute under the Gambia Islamic Union, Sheikh Sidia Ceesay, said the gesture was made possible thanks to the OIC Saudi office.
Other speakers on the occasion included the site manager, Zakaria Sillah, president of the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council, Imam Momodou Lamin Touray and the NAM for Serrekunda East, Fabakary Tombong Jatta.