ALABEL, Sarangani (April 22, 2013) – Around 4,000 guests and delegates from the 49 Islamic schools in Sarangani are joining this year’s Musabaqah, an event the province is holding to develop sportsmanship among Muslim youth through academic and athletic competitions.
Set on April 23-25, the Musabaqah is an intramurals where pupils from the Madaris centers within the six coastal towns of Sarangani meet every other year.
The activity, according to peace program officer Jocelyn Lambac Kanda, is a venue to “develop the character or sportsmanship, physical well-being, self confidence, and will also entice the young Muslims of Sarangani to strive more both in curricular and extra-curricular engagements” thru engaging in sports and literary contests.
Arabic education through Madaris school program is among the successful initiatives of Governor Migs Dominguez which has become a model for Muslim youth education even in Muslim Mindanao.
Kanda said the program has been implemented as private learning institutions offering informal education “where young Muslims acquire Arabic literacy, learn good values and understand the Holy Qur’an as guidance in economic, social, and spiritual aspects in their daily life,” Kanda said.
She explained the provincial government of Sarangani has been extending support to the program through the provision of honoraria to the Asatidz or Madaris facilitators, school materials and regular teaching enhancement trainings.
The project, according to Kanda, “works to promote peace through mainstreaming the Muslim population through provision of relevant Arabic Education and promotion of cultural practices.” She pointed out the holding of the Musabaqah is an avenue for these youth to appreciate more of their culture.
Kanda also said the continuous support of the provincial government to the program “justifies its commitment to peace and development by producing educated and productive young generation of Muslim youth who are expected to be responsible and law abiding citizens in the future.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/ Sarangani Information Office)