The Muslim cleric who spoke at the launching of the “Soundhope International Muslim Academy” which was formerly known as “Soundhope Private Academy” asked the staff, students, and management to continuously uphold the standard and moral values of the school even as it has transitioned into a Muslim school.
The launching which was held at the school’s auditorium on 16th September 2017 had parents, teachers, students and well-wishers in attendance. The Muslim cleric, Ustaz Abdulhamid Oderinde, gave an insight into the background of the school which was initially established as a secular school and had both Christian and Muslim students in attendance. He, however, emphasized that the transition from the school into an Islamic-oriented academy is to ensure the religious and moral values are upheld and fully inculcated into the system.
The Proprietress of the school, Alhaja Monayajo could not but express her joy at the ceremony as it was a dream come true for her. The launching of the “Soundhope International Muslim Academy” was unveiled by the Principal of the school’s annex at Gbagada and the Headteacher of the Primary school at Baruwa, as well as some parents and well-wishers of the school with Quranic recitations and prayers.
Speaking with the Headteacher of the Primary school, Mrs Halimat Raji, she made it known that at a time when the school was a still a Non Muslim institution, they had more Christians than Muslim students and because the Muslim parents requested for the use of hijabs for their children, the Christian parents were skeptical about it and that resulted in a gradual withdrawal of their children from the school. According to her, it was certain that the transition would be feasible right from last year as the management had started working on the transition.
The Principal of the annex at Gbagada stated that a full school would be running a full Islamic system as from this new session, though it won’t disrupt the activities of the Christian students if there are any.
The launching ended with goodwill and congratulatory messages from parents and well-wishers, but not without Islamic recitations and closing prayer.