In the first part of this writeup, we listed some challenges that have been identified to hinder Islamic education in Ghana. This second part is to propose some practical solutions to the aforementioned problems inn shaa Allah.
1. Choose the right syllabus
Our madrasas need to research widely and design a syllabus that will help develop our children in spiritual, moral and academic dimensions of their growth. We should also pay attention to trends of our socio- cultural setting and periodically revise our Islamic syllabus to educate our children and protect them from new trends of immorality.
2. Change of attitude
Mallams and parents should not look at Islamic education as a chore, job or burden. Islamic education is our chance to inspire a new generation to love, learn and live Islam. We cannot do this unless we are passionate about what we teach and the students feel this passion in our classes. The haphazard use of canning and other forms of physical punishment to discipline students should be replaced with more practical and friendly methods.
An average teacher imparts information, a true teacher inspires a generation!
3. Do not be afraid to do something different
Many times, mallams are discouraged from making any changes. They are put in a position in which, if they change something, it is seen as finding fault with their elders and their methods. Truth is that times change and our methods need to change in order to engage a new generation. Islam allows for such change and there is no one method of teaching which Islam restricts us to follow. As long as the means are permissible, it should be used as a tool in education.
Children and teenagers (even adults) enjoy lessons presented with nasheeds, videos, jokes and slideshows far more than straight up lectures. Mallams need to research and use their imagination and creativity to invent fun methods to impart their knowledge to others.
4. Goals need to be set
Islamic education should not be done just for the sake of it. There need to be goals in place, both short term and long term. Madrasass need to decide what they want children to accomplish by the age of nine, thirteen, seventeen, etc.
A lot of thought needs to be put into the priorities, objectives and purpose of Islamic education. When such goals are made, it becomes easier to see a bigger picture and thus formulate a syllabus that works towards such goals.
These are just some problems which we have observed as well as potential solutions. Feel free to add to this list or politely disagree.