Sheikh Abdallah Ibrahim Ssemambo, the deputy Mufti of Uganda has called upon the Muslim community to consider the need to design new approaches for pre- primary learners since they are the future generation.
Ssemambo made the remarks during an orientation meeting of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) heads of departments under the UMSC – UNICEF programme held at UMSC headquarters in Old Kampala.
“According to Islamic theological teachings, a prosperous society emerges from the proper upbringing of girl children who will be married to other morally upright husbands. Such homes, in turn, will produce upright children- thus the society grows in all aspects of life,” he said.
He observed that there is a breakdown of the social fabric including religious beliefs, which has led to rampant vices such as merciless killings of the elderly, women and children.
He thanked Elizabeth Kisakye Kasirye, Principal Senior Education Officer in charge of Teacher Instructor Education Training from the Ministry of Education and Sports for her powerful presentation that won the admiration of the participants and requested her to spare time for further interaction.
On her part, Kasirye reminded UMSC to use their respective positions, media platforms and pulpits to scale up efforts and speak out against all forms of torture and child abuse.
“We have heard some people blaming Covid- 19 as the major cause of rampant child pregnancies yet Covid-19 is spread through the nose and mouth,” Kasirye said.
She blamed parents for neglecting their responsibilities and failure to take care of their children.
She used the same occasion to inform the Muslim community about the proposed phasing out of core Primary Teachers’ Colleges in the country, explaining that in near future only degree holders will be enrolled to teach in primary schools.
“They will be equipped with new teaching skills based on ICT and they will be provided with renewable licenses that last for only two years,” Kasirye said.
UMSC general secretary, Ramadhan Mugalu, thanked the current team of the UMSC- UNICEF Programme office for the tremendous improvement so far exhibited, saying that the Programs are moving smoothly in the selected areas, which wasn’t the case before.