The Prophet’s School has expanded with eight new classrooms

The Nabawi School, located in Northern Paramaribo, has been expanded with eight new classrooms. The ceremonial opening took place on Friday 13 May and was performed by Minister of the Interior Pronto Somohardjo (BiZa) and Gracia Vallez, Director of Public Education (AVO) at the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (minOWC). These are the first buildings in Suriname to comply with the Covid and post-Covid rules, which were put in place a year ago by the Ministry of Foreign Trade. Design and management were in the hands of Marciano Dasai.

Minister Somohardjo, who also includes the field of Religious Affairs Policy in his portfolio, spoke of a very happy day for the Nabawi School, which falls under the Islamic Municipalities Institution of Suriname (SIS). The minister pointed out that Islam is a religion that calls for knowledge and cooperation and that the expansion of the school is fully in line with these two pillars of Islam.

Somohardjo hopes that this project will inspire us to continue working together, but other schools will follow suit as well. He praises all good initiatives and assures that he has a reliable partner.

The Minister is pleased that cooperation within the Muslim community leads to the achievement of social goals. Modern classroom delivery should be an example of collaboration. “This celebration should show us that if we work together we can achieve so much. That when we work together we can also achieve sweet things.”

The minister is convinced that if unity and solidarity among the people increased, then every district could have a prophetic school. “Only by acting in solidarity and unity can we have a say.”

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Classrooms have good natural air flow and therefore have the largest number of windows and doorways. The designer also took into account the physical appearance during construction and exudes a certain lively atmosphere. According to Dasai, the work does not stop at construction and delivery, but now maintenance is the most important factor. This was to be expected and the new classes were built in such a way that they had the potential to be self-earning. After school hours, rooms can be rented for conferences, meetings and training sessions.

The school project was completed within 11 months. This expansion was made possible by local and international donors and sponsors with the support of many volunteers, parents, school board, supporters, school team and SIS members. By acquiring these new classrooms, the school can meet the growing demand for new enrollments in primary education.


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