By Nep Journal Correspondent:
The former Chief Kadhi Sheikh Hammad Kassim has urged Muslim students to go for higher education in the teaching profession to address the teachers’ shortage.
He said the community is facing challenges especially in Northern Kenya where non-local teachers have refused to venture into the region due to insecurity resulting in an education crisis. The cleric who was speaking yesterday in Mombasa during Eid-Ul-Fitr fete said the exodus of teachers has worsened the education standards in the region.
He said children from North Eastern, just like their counterparts in other parts of the country, have every right to education, adding that there was an urgent need to train local youth to become teachers.
“Due to the wicked activities of the Al Shabaab militants in the counties of Garissa, Wajir and Mandera teachers from other parts of the country are declining postings to the area, and therefore it is the duty of locals to equip themselves with teaching skills and fill the void,” he said.
He also urged the Muslim fraternity to battle illiteracy, immorality and drug abuse among the youth. Sheikh Kassim acknowledged that drug abuse was among the main social vices compromising the future of the young in the country.
Muslim organisations urged to empower youth to promote social progress
A tolerant, inclusive and pluralistic society can only be achieved through youth empowerment and its productive engagement at community level.
This remark was made by the Kakamega based Businessman Abdallah Wanyama in a Muslim youth consultative meeting in Kakamega where he said youths are among the most vulnerable section of the society and addressing the diverse needs of youth and adolescents is critical to ending poverty and promoting equality.
The businessman noted that various Muslim organizations in the country were stressing more on spiritual needs while neglecting the economic and other mundane issues hindering the progress of the young people in the community. He stressed that it is imperative for the Muslim leadership to provide them with support to uplift their lives and nurture them to be productive members of the society. ”We are teaching people how to pray and fast without addressing the economic issues affecting them, ”said Abdallah.
The businessman emphasized that it is vital for Muslim youth to be empowered to seize opportunities available to them, and to turn ideas into actions proposing that Muslim organizations should initiate micro-finance projects which would assist in poverty alleviation programmes among the youth. ”Youth and women are critical element in ensuring sustainable development in any community and society. We should work together to support initiatives that uplift their social economic conditions and it is high time the Muslim leadership come up with measures to ensure Muslims are encouraged and supported to engage in business and other income generating activities to improve on their livelihood,” he said.
Abdallah went on to urge wealthy Muslims to practice religious obligations by supporting the welfare of the needy and poor in the Muslim community to help in alleviating the suffering of the less fortunate.
He also called on established Muslim business people and traders to provide guidance and support to upcoming young men and women traders to enhance on the prosperity of their businesses and lives.