The Mahad’ad-Dawa Institute has been established to address the need for a higher learning institute specifically for madrassah graduates in Afghanistan. The Mahad’ad-Dawa Institute concentrates on imparting career-oriented education to madrassah graduates to enable them to adopt a range of careers in the mainstream of modern life.
In March 2009, a meeting of Islamic scholars of Afghanistan – organized by PACT Radio in collaboration with the Afghan Ministry of Education – took place in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. The theme of the meetings was “Religious madrassahs in the modern age.” In this three-day meeting, the assembled scholars arrived at certain conclusions. For example:
- There is a need for contemporary subjects to be introduced into the curriculum of madrassahs. In particular, those subjects should be introduced which make religious subjects more clear.
- Various differences between school and madrassah systems have created divisions in Afghan society.
- An increase of religious studies in schools, and an increase of contemporary subjects in madrassahs, can help heal these divisions.
- The conferences supports PACT radio in the establishment of media centres, and an Islamic radio station in madrassahs, so long as the programmes of PACT Radio conform to Afghan and Islamic traditions.
- Besides leading prayers, and teaching in Islamic madrassahs, mullahs should also adopt other legitimate professions, such as practice of medicine, trade and journalism.
- Along with media centres, other vocational centres should also be established in madrassahs, in order to acquaint students with suitable professions.
Soon after the conference, the Mahad’ad-Dawa Institute was established for the implementation of these resolutions.
You can view photos, along with detailed information on how the Institute was set up under Quicklinks on the left side of this page.