It came after the recent maiden graduation of 174 students who had successfully bagged certificates in the field which seeks to widen the knowledge base and understanding of Madrassa students in English.
A statement made available to pressmen reads: “The Islamic Online University The Gambia, pursuant of its drive to changing the nation through education successfully completed the first phase of the Intensive English Course (IEC) project in partnership with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and Amanah. Based on the reflective results, the ministry extended the project and increased the number of scholarships from 100 to 200 Madarasah graduates who intend to learn the English Language and continue onto IOU’s bachelor degree in education (B.Ed).
“Since its conception in July 2013, the Intensive English Course has attracted great interest not only among people with Madrasah backgrounds but also among professionals desiring to upgrade their English Language skills, those who did not have the privilege of attending conventional schools, as well as English-medium senior school graduates wishing to re-sit their WAEC English language exams due to poor grades. Therefore, the Islamic Online University and its partner in the IEC project, Amanah, are inviting all Madarasah heads to encourage their graduates to collect scholarship application forms from the Islamic Online University Office.”
Meanwhile, the English Language Course initiative started in about a year and six months ago by the Islamic Online University when the institution’s chancellor Dr Bilal Phillips visited the country. During his visit, he went to the different Madrassas with the aim of promoting the Islamic Online University. And after thorough consultation with the stakeholders, the institution deemed it fitting to come up with such a programme as a way of meeting the pressing education needs of students. The Islamic Online University offers courses in Islamic Studies, Psychology, Islamic Banking and Finance, and Education.]]>