Dec 07, 2015 News
The Guyana Islamic Trust (GIT) yesterday commissioned a spanking new $190M building, which now houses the ISA Elementary School—a branch of the ISA Islamic School.
This three-storey edifice located at North Half Lot 321, East Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown, which also houses the secretariat of the GIT on the third floor, was constructed with a US$125,000 grant from the Islamic Development Bank along with assistance from Nazar Mohamed, Proprietor of Mohamed’s Enterprise and other benefactors.
The ISA Islamic school has been operational for over the past decade and has a population of over 500 students. The academic institution has been performing exceptionally well at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC).
In fact, the school produced the nation’s top student at the 2013 CSEC exams. Throughout the years, several of its students have been among the top 10 in the country and the Caribbean. ISA Islamic School caters for students from all religious backgrounds and offers a wide array of subjects.
Present at the launch were President David Granger; Minister of Social Cohesion, Amna Ali; President of the GIT, Abdool Aleem Rahir; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ISA Islamic School, Mohamod Mujay; Owner of Mohamed’s Enterprise; members of the Muslim community and special invitees.
In his address, the President told the gathering that he supports the GIT. He added that he believes this support will help to overcome backwardness and ignorance as it relates to education enlightenment. He pointed to the importance of having an education and the benefits it can have on the nation.
President Granger stated that the new facility is an investment in education, freedom of choice and the future of Guyana. He further stated that it responds to the need for people to make choices and how they want their children to be educated. According to the President, the school is a good investment for children and parents of every educational background.
The Head of State went on to say that the new institution is also an investment in moral and religious values. “Parents want their children to do well in their studies. They also want their children to grow up with moral values—to grow up to be honest and honourable citizens.”
Granger noted that Guyana is a secular state. He said that he is now President for all Guyanese and recognises that we are living in a multi-religious and multi-racial society. Granger added that his government does not favour a particular religion. Further, he affirmed that his government respects all religions and will continue to support efforts of providing education to the nation.
Granger declared that education is now his concern and he committed to allocating more money to support it. In this regard, the Guyanese leader made an undisclosed monetary donation to the cause.
Granger told the GIT that they have the right to establish religious schools. That right, he said, is protected under Article 145 of the constitution of the Republic of Guyana.
Shifting his attention to the success of religious schools, the president congratulated the Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) a Hindu School and the Marian Academy, a Christian School on the performances of their students. He stressed that the students have been performing exceptionally well at all levels.
Businessman Nazar Mohamed was applauded by the GIT’s President, Abdool Aleem Rahir and several other officials for the outstanding contributions he has been making towards the Muslim community. On this note, Mohamed was presented with an award for his humanitarian work.
In his speech, Rahir said that the GIT has been serving Guyana for 35 years. He said, too, that the goal of the organisation is to make Guyana a better place for all its citizens. Rahir also mentioned that the GIT continues to play a part in the development of the Berbice Islamic School.
The GIT president stated, “we try to provide not only academic education or intellectual development but moral and spiritual development. Because we believe that someone cannot be a truly good, upright citizen if they don’t have morality in their life.”
Rahir continued, “If he does not have a spiritual connection with his creator—which will keep him straight—which will cause him to strive to be the best person that he can be”.
In a few months, Rahir said, they will be embarking on the Sophia Vocational Centre. He said that this is an endeavour to assist the community in eliminating poverty by training people and providing them with skills that will enable persons to “stand on their own feet”.
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