A newly established organisation called Muslim Youth Development Initiative (MDYI) says it has lined up several activities aimed at improving Muslim representation in public Secondary and tertiary education learning institutions.
MYDI’s Director of Education department, Imaan Msume told Muslim Media Agency that though there is a visible number of Muslim learners in most learning institutions, there is a need to maximize efforts in order to increase the numbers.
He said the interventions such as career guidance which started last year, have proved to be effective and fruitful if well strategized and implemented.
“In 2022 we had a career guidance event in Lilongwe, and we can proudly say that, half of those who attended the event got selected into various public Universities, and this year we are geared to have more of these activities,” he told Muslim Media Agency.
Msume then revealed that, in the year 2023, they are starting with weekend classes for those preparing to sit for the 2023 National examinations, an activity they have planned to start on 21st of January.
He added that apart from striving for high representation in public learning institutions, the initiative also want to see the learners performing well and end the syndrome of hiding their religious identity in their school campuses.
“We do not just need to have high numbers, but have them performing well during exams so that we see them graduating, and in addition to that, it becomes hard to know the actual number of Muslims, because most students especially girls, feel shy to avail their religious status, so we will strive to change this mindset” Msume explained.
On the challenges they encounter during such programs, Msume singled out low turnout of learners as the key challenge.
Apart from activities lined up in the Education sector, MYDI has other activities in the areas of agriculture, environmental restoration, entrepreneurship and Dawa targeting Muslim youths in the country.