Muslim Aid Day is being observed by our organisation on 28 October 2011 in the UK and other parts of the world. This year’s Day is dedicated to raising awareness about universal primary education which is also the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG) agreed by the international community at the United Nations.
There are millions of children around the world who are not able to receive education due to poverty, disasters and lack of educational facilities in remote areas. Muslim Aid Day is a platform not just for Muslim Aid to raise awareness about education but it is also an occasion for us as a community to seek ways in which we can help provide education for all by developing innovative and sustainable solutions through initiatives such as our formal and non-formal education programme.
The very first words revealed to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) were: "Read in the Name of Thy Lord", thus showing the degree of emphasis put on the pursuit of knowledge, learning and education on human beings. 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.
In addition to lack of access, children also suffer from common barriers to education, namely child labour, health crises such as HIV/AIDS, discrimination and conflict. Muslim Aid’s Rainbow Family Programme aims at not only helping children attend schools but it also helps their subsistence families to provide a secure and protective environment for developing their personalities and realising their true potential.
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. It can empower people with the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthy and productive lives and break through the cycle of poverty. Our education programmes range from pre-school initiatives to adult education and vocational education.
I would like to end my message by thanking all of our donors and supporters on behalf of the Trustees, staff and volunteers of Muslim Aid for helping us in our journey to create a sustainable future, through giving children and adults access to education. The auspicious occasion of Hajj is also upon us and I take this opportunity to convey our heartfelt Eid greetings to all of you.
I request you to join us in taking forward our Muslim Aid Day message on Education to as many people as possible. May Allah (SWT) shower His mercy and blessings upon you and your loved ones and accept your Qurbani and prayers.
Jazakh’Allah Khairan & Wassalam
Sir Iqbal Sacranie OBE
Chairman - Board of Trustees