The Ghana Muslim Mission Women’s Fellowship (GMMWF), a non-doctrinal and Multi-ethnic organisation, has embarked on the construction of a Teacher Training College at Mim in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The College is to complement government’s efforts in providing quality teacher education in the country.
Hajia Mariama Obeng, the National Coordinator, GMMWF speaking at the Fellowship’s 50th Anniversary launch, said “we are trying to encourage Muslim youth to take up education seriously to develop themselves and contribute to national development”.
The anniversary is on the theme: “Ghana Muslim Mission Women’s Fellowship; Interrogating the Past and Shaping the Future”.
She said the Fellowship, since its inception has been a very formidable force behind the Ghana Muslim Mission and has contributed enormously to the organic growth and development of the organisation.
Mrs Obeng said it was significant to note that the Fellowship had transformed many lives through its weekly ‘Dawah’ sessions in all the regions and districts through conferences, seminars and workshops to develop the skills of the women.
“These have enabled the women to contribute to the social, economic and spiritual development of their communities,” she added.
The National Coordinator said aside working with their men folks to achieve a lot in the areas of infrastructural development, the Fellowship has had its fair share of projects to its credit, among them was the construction of a Girl’s Dormitory at the Beposo Islamic Girl’s Senior High School.
She said since its formation in 1967, it has on record ‘as the first Ghana Muslim Organization to have a well organised women’s fellowship, which has been together and still seeking the welfare of members.
She paid glowing tribute to the founding fathers of the Fellowship for their foresight to support Muslim women to grow and develop their faith.
She said over the years, the Fellowship was faced with the issue of funding, but it has taken a lot of dedication, commitment and hard work, coupled with prayers to survive till date.
Mrs Obeng urged all to support the Fellowship to set up a fund to augment its efforts in the creation of job opportunities for deprived members and for its projects.
Hajia Fatima Suleiman, Lecturer at the University of Ghana, commended the executives of the Fellowship for their leadership role in driving the Islamic faith and empowering these women with employable skills.
She said since the introduction of Islam in Ghana, some Muslim women have contributed to the development of the country and needed to be commended.