Al hamdu lillaah! On 1st October, 2014, in Hargeisa, Somaliland, Dr Bilal Philips successfully launched the Islamic Online University’s intensive Halaal English course (IEC) pilot program. Mrs Zamzam, Minister of Education was present at the launch which began in two private universities (New Generation University & Edna Adan Medical University), a public school (26th June), a private school (Nuradin), and in the 4 classrooms of the IOU/IEC office in downtown Hargeisa for professionals, university students, housewives, NGO local staff, etc. The program started with approximately 1,100 students and after two and a half months of operation the numbers have increased to beyond 1,500 with more joining daily.
The International Open University's Halal English Language Program seeks to make the learning of English globally accessible by utilizing a culturally sensitive approach that enables students to effectively master the fundamental skills of the language.
Since its conception in July 2013, the Intensive English Program has attracted great interest not only among people with Madrasah backgrounds but also among professionals desiring to upgrade their language skills, those who did not have the privilege of attending conventional schools, as well as English-medium senior school graduates wishing to re-sit their WAEC English language exams due to poor grades.
It is envisaged that the establishment of the IOU in The Gambia will boost the overall level of education, conventional or otherwise. The IOU’s Diplomas, BA and MA in Islamic studies and BEd offered in English and combined with modern disciplines like, Education, Psychology, Economics, Management, and Information Technology (IT), has the potential...Read More
The world, as we know it, has shrunk to be termed as a global village. English language has become one of the principal assets in the international communication; in fact, it is called the International Language. Furthermore, it is the most dominant language of diplomacy, business and science, economy, technology and Internet. The knowledge of the English language opens the door of opportunities. ....
Realizing the disadvantage that the young madrasah goers are in, Dr. Bilal has taken the initiative of providing them with a one year intensive English Language program aimed at establishing a solid base, which the students may build upon to achieve higher goals. This will give them the confidence to rise to the same academic level as their counter parts and have greater opportunities available to them through advanced education and better jobs. This initiative is in accordance with IOU’s commitment to ‘changing the nation through education’ and a testimony to its ongoing efforts.
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