Muslim Aid is organising a number of events in the UK and other countries on 28 October 2011 to mark Muslim Aid Day. The objective of Muslim Aid Day is to focus every year on one specific aspect of Muslim Aid’s work and rally public support around it. This year’s theme: ‘‘Universal Primary Education: Delivering the Second Millennium Development Goal’’ is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of education, especially for children. Through the use of print, electronic and social media the charity is show casing its educational activities in developing countries. The Day also celebrates Muslim Aid’s 26 years of commitment of serving humanity with a particular focus on its work in the field of education.
An alarming number of 72 million children globally do not receive formal education. Muslim Aid regards education as a human right. It should be available to all regardless of faith, gender, economic background and geographic or ethnic origin. However, millions of children do not have access to formal education due to conflict, natural disasters and poverty.
In a message to mark the Day, the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Prof. H.E. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said: ‘’I believe that Muslim Aid is doing the right thing to highlight education as their key priority in serving humanity. The OIC supports their initiative and stands ready to cooperate in the pursuit of education in developing countries, especially in the OIC member countries such as Somalia where it has fostered a close partnership in the field of education and vocational training.’’
In his message, the Chairman of Muslim Aid, Sir Iqbal Sacranie said: ‘’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 programmes.’’
Note to Editors • Muslim Aid Day is celebrated every year in October at the Muslim Aid headquarters in the UK and its field offices around the world.
• Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 26 years, Muslim Aid has expanded its work to cover over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief; capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes; education and skills training; micro-financing and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.