On Friday 28 October 2011, Muslim Aid Day was celebrated at the Muslim Aid Headquarters in London and by its field offices around the world. This year, the focus of the day was to raise awareness about the importance of education, highlighting primary education as an important tool to fight poverty across the globe. A Press Briefing held at the HQ was attended by representatives from various community, electronic and print media. Guests were shown an inspirational video on Muslim Aid’s educational achievements across the world.
In his message, the Chairman of Muslim Aid, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, said ‘‘Education is one of the most powerful, long-term and sustainable solutions to reducing global poverty and improving the lives of millions of people around the world. Muslim Aid endeavours to provide formal and non-formal education to children in some of the world’s poorest countries and helps them find a better future. Our education programmes range from pre-school initiatives to adult education and vocational education.”
The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), HE Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, and the Secretary of State for International Development, the Hon Andrew Mitchell, issued special messages appreciating the efforts of the Charity in poverty reduction through education.
The Muslim Aid Field Offices celebrated Muslim Aid Day by organising different events on the theme of education such as:
In Iraq, Muslim Aid celebrated the event by inviting local women to a Muslim Aid funded kindergarten in Baghdad.
Muslim Aid Bangladesh organised a national level seminar on education in the presence of the Minister of Education, Dr. Md. Afsarul Ameen. In Bosnia, Muslim Aid invited guests to an open day event which showcased the profile of the Charity and the work of the mobile library project.
In Pakistan, Muslim Aid celebrated the Day by organising an essay and letter writing competition in which children receiving education in Muslim Aid education projects participated. The children also performed plays. Muslim Aid Sri Lanka organised a public function displaying the art work of 157 orphan and destitute children at the Colombo Public Library. It was largely attended by students and local NGOs.
In Somalia, Muslim Aid marked the event by inviting members of the community to celebrate the educational achievements of Muslim Aid.