Muslim Teachers Association Of Nigeria In house training
The chairman of MUTAN, Alhaji Raheem Jimoh, standing, delivering an address at the Association’ in house leadership training
The Muslim Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (MUTAN) have held an in house training for officials of the association in Lagos.
The programme featured lectures, prayers and interactive sessions.
The lecture facilitators include the pioneer chairman of MUTAN, Alhaji Olufemi Tiamiyu Bakare and an officer from the Lagos State Quality Assurance Department, Alhaji Sulaimon Ogunmuyiwa.
Delivering a lecture entitled Call to Islamic duty: Muslim Teachers as role model, an official of the Lagos State Ministry of Education Quality Assurance Department, Alhaji Sulaimon Ogunmuyiwa, challenged Muslim teachers to see their work beyond salary as teaching is one of the professions regarded as noble by Allah.
He therefore tasked them to see their students as friends and pay attention to their psychological and physical needs in order to get the best out of them.
He also challenged them to display excellent Islamic traditions in their dealings.
The pioneer chairman of MUTAN, Alhaji Olufemi Tiamiyu Bakare, in his own lecture entitled MUTAN, the journey so far and the way forward, traced the origin of MUTAN to a meeting held on April 27, 1997 in Agege, Lagos State to ponder on way out of problems confronting Muslims in the education sector.
He said the MUTAN in its 21 years of existence has been able to create a model for Muslim teachers and students to feel proud of the religion.
He commended the efforts of those who facilitated the formation of MUTAN in the early days.
On the way forward, for MUTAN, Bakare charged the body to pay attention to welfare of members and Muslims in general as well as exploiting communication network to reach out to members.
He also charged the association to delve into pilgrimage as well interacting with other Muslim organisations.
The MUTAN Chairman, Alhaji Raheem Jimoh, in his address charged Muslim teachers to fashion new ways of addressing current challenges confronting the Muslim community. The challenges include lack of teachers of Islamic Studies and denial of right of female Muslim students to use Hijab.
“To free our schools and by extension our world of these vestiges of oppression there is the urgent need to restrategize, unite and fight with all resources and in accordance with the law to ensure victory. Though the Hijab is the issue on the front burner today, there were others before and there would still be more to come”, he said.
The in-house training featured state officials as well as Coordinators, Deputy Coordinators, Secretaries, Missioners as well as Treasurers from the 20 local education districts in Lagos State.