Japan Motors supports Islamic Education Unit

Salem Kalmoni

In a bid to promote education among Muslim Communities by ensuring the effective supervision of teaching and learning in Islamic schools, Japan Motors trading Company Ltd. (JMTC) has donated a brand-new Nissan Pick-up to the Islamic Education Unit (IEU) of the Ghana Education Service.

The donation, according to the leading automobile dealer, forms part of its corporate social responsibility programmes geared toward giving back to society.

The recent introduction of the new educational improvement project in IEU schools, called the ‘Targeted Educational Improvement Programme’ (TEIP) by the National Council of the IEU, has made the need for supplying vehicles to key operatives of the Unit even more imperative. It’s in view of this that the IEU contacted Japan Motors to support the National Headquarters for effective supervision of teaching and learning in Public Islamic schools across the country.

Mr. Salem Kalmoni, Managing Director-JMTC, reiterated that the company has a strong commitment to its communities, and has over the years supported many me in the areas of health, Sports and Education.

“We are aware that the Islamic Education Unit last year underwent some restructuring with a new Board in place; as such; we are confident in supporting them to be more vibrant with their mission of supervising the quality of teaching and learning in Muslim communities – who are considered the most vulnerable in terms of access to education. As a corporate citizen, we believe that if there is any sector of the economy that needs support for development, education should be of topmost priority; and that’s why government and the whole country have paid maximum attention to promoting education,” he observed.

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“We thank the Ghana Education Service, the Islamic Education Unit, the Baraka Policy Institute (BPI) and, most importantly, the honorable Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, Dr. Mustapha Hamid, for gracing the event and supporting the call for improving education in the Muslim Communities so they can be good citizens.”

Present to lead the Japan Motors team in handing over the donation was Mr. Jalal Kalmoni, Chairman of Japan Motors and the Kalmoni Group. Also present were: Dr. Mustapha Hamid, Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development; Hon. Abdullah Banda, Chairman-Muslim Caucus in Parliament; Rear Admiral Muhammed Munir Tahiru, the Executive Secretary of the National Council of Islamic Education Unit; Sheikh Khidir Iddriss Adam, Vice-Chairman, Islamic Education Unit; and Dr. Haruna Zagoon-Sayeed, Executive Director-Baraka Policy Institute.

Receiving the vehicle on behalf of the IEU, Dr. Mustapha Hamid – Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, informed that he has dedicated his ministry to be a partner of the IEU in ensuring that the targetted educational improvement programme works effectively; as any such assistance that comes to lighten the burden on its activities is of great importance.

“These days it is difficult to find companies that put ethical practices into their commercial activities, but Japan Motors is an exception. Their CSR programmes are worth emulating; therefore, I urge other corporate entities and individuals to take a cue from Japan Motors to drive the nation forward.”

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On his part, the Executive Secretary of the National Council of Islamic Education Unit, Rear Admiral Muhammed Munir Tahiru, observed that the IEU since its inception has lacked important logistics and governance s for effective teaching and learning; and in the recent restructuring of the Unit in collaboration with the Baraka Policy Institute, one key challenge identified was the lack of means for transport. As such, what was being witnessed had come at an opportune time to salvage the situation.

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