The Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) Islamic School has been officially commissioned at the Forecourt of the MATS Mosque on Friday, 22 January, 2016. The construction of the school was made possible by a number of oraganisations and individuals, notable among them was the Islamic Council for Development and Humanitarian Services (ICODEHS) with the support of the Dubai Charitable Association, Alhaji Amadu, Managing Director of Hisense and the Ga Muslim Mission Association at Odorkor. The school consists of six classrooms and two offices.
The Commandant, Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) and the Patron of the MATS mosque, Air Vice Marshall Issifu Sakib Kadri said barely two years ago, the MATS mosque committee was confronted with a number of issues among which was the issue of their children’s education. The committee had to use the old mosque for Islamic studies which was too small and lacked certain basic facilities such as water and light for illumination. He stated that as a patron, he and other members of the congregation started contributing in their own small way to rehabilitate the old mosque for their children’s education. They decided to solicit support from oraganisations and individuals to add to their resources for the rehabilitation project.
AVM Kadri seized the opportunity to acknowledge all the oraganisations and individuals especially Major-
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General Abdulai (rtd), Rear Admiral Tahiru (rtd) and the Commandant, MATS, Rear Admiral Akoto-Bonsu for the immense support to make the school a reality and thereby making the old mosque available for Islamic education. Moreover, he disclosed that the school would provide Islamic religious education and environment as well as preserve the children’s religious identity. This was a school that would support the children’s learning of Islamic morals, behaviours and practices so that they would not be carried away or misled by unknown ethics and practices, he added.
He further went on to say they would have the opportunity to learn the Quran, the Arabic language and other values and teachings of Islam like congregational prayers and fasting at school. The guest of honor, Chairman of ICODEHS, Sheik Mustapha Ibrahim said the organisation was a non-governmental organisation whose objective was the alleviation of poverty and building of schools which fell in line with the agenda of the government of Ghana. Their mission was to improve the quality of life of the poor and vulnerable and to increase their participation in the provision of infrastructure and services through the provision of professional and technical support. Therefore, he hoped that the school built in a military zone would be beneficial to both Muslim and non-Muslim children and would also inculcate military discipline in them.