Fatima al Fihri learning centre
Miles2Smile Foundation made all the possible efforts to restore the lives of these distressed Rohingya refugees to normal. We provided them with all the essentials, rebuilt their houses and shops for them, and their lives started getting back to normal as well. But we felt that something is missing in here, something is incomplete and needs to be addressed. And then we found out that thing was “education”. There are more than 50 kids in this Rohingya Refugee Camp at Nuh and for them we feel the best thing to provide is education. By looking at these young, innocent and adorable kids we feel an urge to educate them and to enrich them with the same. Because good education is the greatest gift you can give yourself or anyone else. This gave us the bright idea of opening a learning centre for the Rohingya kids to nurture them with quality education and to be a guiding step towards their brightening future.
With this hope we started building a Learning Centre here which is now complete. We named the leaning centre as “Fatima Al-Fihri Learning Centre”. It was inaugurated on 21st of January 2022 (Friday). The reason for choosing the name was this inspiring and great Arab lady Fatima Al-Fihri. She was an Arab woman born around 800 AD in a town of Tunisia. She hailed from a well-educated family and migrated with her father and sister from Qayrawan in Tunisia to Fez in Morocco. Upon the death of her father, Fatima inherited a large fortune. She invested this wealth in founding a mosque and educational institution for the benefit of her local community. Gradually, the establishment blossomed into the University of al-Qarawiyyin, named after Fatima’s birthplace Qayrawan in Tunisia. She is also known as “Umm al-Banayn”. Al-Fihri died around 880 AD.
Fatima’s foresight and commitment, alongside her selfless contribution towards championing intellectual advancement, led to the establishment of a monumental university. The remarkable legacy of her dedication and empowering endeavour is well-deserved and one that is a source of inspiration for all.
The learning centre will be started from the coming session (2022-23) and we are going to enrol round about 120 students belonging to Rohingya Community. The centre will provide classes of English, Hindi, Urdu, mathematics, science and social science to the primary kids. Half of the students are already studying in the Madarsa at Nuh and learning Arabic from there. For all the rest of the subjects being taught in learning centre, we will hire a tutor and schedule proper classes. We are also planning to install some computer systems in the centre to provide practical knowledge to the students and enhancing their technical skills. We will enrich them with some skill development courses on computer so that they can be well versed with the most needed skills in this tech-savvy era.
We are making every effort to make this learning centre a successful one and continue spreading the light of education not only to these kids but to many more in the upcoming future.