Qazi Abdul Qader Khamosh, Founder and Director of the Muslim Christian Federation International (MCFI) spoke about the partnership of his organization with the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) in the Madrasa enhancement project and the key role that ICRD played in conductiong workshops and in convincing different madrasa leaders to participate in the project.
The Madrasa Project started in 2004 with the primary objective of engaging Pakistani madrasa teachers in training programs that encourage expansion of the madrasa curriculums to include the scientific and social disciplines, with a special emphasis on religious tolerance and human rights, encourage the adoption of pedagogical techniques that promote critical thinking skills among the students, convey conflict resolution (and dialogue-facilitation) skills, and equip selected workshop graduates with the skills to train other previously uninvolved madrasa leaders in these same areas.
The program has been a great success so far. Over the past four years ICRD and its partners in Pakistan have worked with more than 2000 madrasa administrators and teachers from more than 1300 madrasas.
These leaders represent all five of the religious sects that sponsor these schools: Deobandi, Barelvi, Ahl-Hadith, Shia, and Jamat-i-Islami. For more on the Madrasa Project, please check the ICRD website: www.icrd.org