On Qur’an memorisation in Yobe schools

I write to express my heartfelt appreciation for the commendable efforts of the Yobe state government, particularly the Ministry for Basic and Secondary Education, in pioneering the introduction of optional Qur’an memorisation in public schools across the state.

The decision to incorporate the memorisation of the Qur’an as an optional component in the academic curriculum is a laudable step towards providing a deeper understanding of religious principles among students. 

This initiative highlighted the government’s commitment to providing a comprehensive education that encompasses both secular and religious knowledge.

Unquestionably, in a multicultural and diverse society like ours, offering students the opportunity to engage with their religious teachings in a formal educational setting is a fundamental stride towards promoting religious tolerance and understanding. 

Moreover, the introduction of optional Qur’an memorization aligns with the broader goals of education, which should extend beyond textbooks and examinations. It empowers students with a holistic understanding of their faith, fostering values of compassion, tolerance, and respect for others’ beliefs.

One cannot overlook the positive impact this initiative will have on the character development of students. Through the optional memorization of the Qur’an, students will not only enhance their knowledge of Islamic teachings but also develop a sense of discipline, patience, and perseverance—qualities that are valuable for personal growth and success in various aspects of life.

Furthermore, this initiative has the potential to strengthen the sense of community among students, fostering bonds based on shared religious values. It encourages a collaborative learning environment where students can support each other in their academic and spiritual journeys, promoting a sense of unity and camaraderie.

It is also essential to acknowledge the foresight of the Yobe State Government in recognizing the importance of religious education within the broader context of the academic curriculum. By incorporating optional Qur’an memorization, the government has taken a progressive step towards creating well-rounded individuals who are not only academically proficient but also spiritually enlightened.

In conclusion, I extend my gratitude to the Ministry for Basic and Secondary Education in Yobe State for its visionary approach to education. This initiative not only strengthens the foundation of religious knowledge but also contributes to the overall development of students as responsible and conscientious members of society.

Kasim Isa Muhammad,

Potiskum, Yobe state