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Volunteer Sierra Leone: Muslims of Sierra Leone (Video)

info-pictogram1 Volunteer Sierra Leone is helping refurbish Muslim schools throughout Sierra Leone to provide good education to some of the poorest people in the world. Current projects include building a new school for Castle Farm Primary School and refurbishment of over 65 muslims schools.

A Warning from History for the Google Translate Generation

The decline of language skills threatens the study of the past. And machines won’t come to the rescue.

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By: Michael Pollitt

Source: http://www.historytoday.com/

The UK education system is failing to produce enough students with foreign language skills, an indispensable tool for the study of history. Research published in June this year by the Confederation of British Industry revealed that one in five schools in England had a persistently low take-up of languages, after what the government is describing as ‘a decade of damaging decline’. This slump has taken its toll on the university system. In the past 15 years more than a third of UK universities stopped offering specialist modern European language degrees, arguing that rigorous marking at A-level had deterred teenagers from studying languages at school.

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Education in Islamic History

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Source: http://lostislamichistory.com

From the very earliest days of Islam, the issue of education has been at the forefront at the minds of the Muslims. The very first word of the Quran that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was, in fact, “Read”. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ once stated that “Seeking knowledge is mandatory for all Muslims.” With such a direct command to go out and seek knowledge, Muslims have placed huge emphasis on the educational system in order to fulfill this obligation placed on them by the Prophet ﷺ.

Throughout Islamic history, education was a point of pride and a field Muslims have always excelled in. Muslims built great libraries and learning centers in places such as Baghdad, Cordoba, and Cairo. They established the first primary schools for children and universities for continuing education. They advanced sciences by incredible leaps and bounds through such institutions, leading up to today’s modern world.

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John Lewis’s new line, hijabs to wear at school: Department store signs contract with schools in London and Liverpool to offer conservative Islamic clothing

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By: Sean Poulter

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

John Lewis is offering the hijab in its school uniform department for the first time.

The headdress is to be sold in the company’s stores in London and Liverpool after it signed contracts with two schools – one which was set up to educate Muslim girls and a second that welcomes pupils from all religious communities.

The hijab covers the head and chest and is worn by Muslim women after the onset of puberty as a sign of modesty in the presence  of men who are outside their immediate family.

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Gazans take shelter in UN-run schools (Video)

info-pictogram1 Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are still sheltering in UN-run schools in the Gaza strip. Many of those forced to find refuge have nowhere to go, as their homes have been destroyed. The academic year was scheduled to begin in a week, but that has now been delayed. Al Jazeera’s Jane Ferguson reports from the Gaza Strip.

Over TEN THOUSAND Palestinians killed or injured by Israel

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Source: http://foa.org.uk/

As Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip comes close to 4 weeks, the official Palestinian death toll is 1,650 (over 200 more than were killed by Israel in Cast Lead) and 8,900 have been injured.

For many, this conflict makes no sense and Israel’s arguments that it is to stop rocket attacks is unconvincing. This brief update will provide an overview of the overwhelming death and destruction caused by Israel to the Gaza Strip, beginning with the context of the war.

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2 volunteer teachers teaching the homeless children in new Delhi (IMAGE)

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info-pictogram1 And we complain about our schools…