The Secretary for Education and Social Services UMSC Mr. Ramadhan Mugalu has cautioned Muslims against neglecting girl child education.
He said this while meeting County (Twale) Sheikhs, Imams and Muslim Teachers from Mubende Muslim District yesterday March 19th at Mubende Muslim District Council Headquarters. This was during an event organized by the UMSC Population program to disseminate a UMSC Handbook titled “Towards a Happy Muslim Family”. The handbook was developed with support from UNFPA and the National Population Secretariat.
Mr. Mugalu emphasized the importance of educating the Muslim Girl child noting that it is one of the best ways of eradicating early marriages.
“Girls who are well educated in both secular and Islamic studies are less likely to fall victim to early pregnancies” said Mr. Mugalu.
He noted that even cases of domestic violence can be eradicated if Muslims work hard and educate all their children in schools based on strong Islamic and secular foundations.
“The leading cause of domestic violence is poverty, if you educate both girls and boys, they aquire skills and obtain gainful employment which can eradicate poverty and families will be stable” he said.
Mr. Mugalu also spoke about the UMSC education policy which he said is in pipeline.
Speaking at the same event, the Head of the 2nd Deputy Imam of the National Mosque Shk. Ali Juma Shiwuyo urged Muslims to use only those reproductive health services that are in line with Islamic teachings.
The Senior National Programs Officer from the Population Secretariat Ms. Stella Kigozi Makumbi commended UMSC for opening up to such partnerships which she said were for the good of every Ugandan.
Other officials present were the Secretary for Administration UMSC Haji Wahab Rugasa, the Head of ceremonies UMSC Shk. Anas Sessimba, the LCV chairman Amooti Kibuuka and other officials from Mubende District Local Council.