Granada could get first Islamic primary school in the country
GRANADA could play home to the first Islamic primary school in Spain if Muslim leaders win approval for the plan.
The idea is to provide the province’s sizeable Muslim population with the opportunity to give their children an Islamic education in Spain – where schools are secular by law, but where religious education centres almost exclusively on Catholicism.
There are an estimated 10,000 Muslims registered as living in and around Granada, and the city seems a fitting location for the project. It was the seat of a caliphate – islamic kingdom – until 1492 when Granada became the last city in Iberia to fall to the Catholic majesties, Fernando and Isabel.
“We are not trying to oppose the current system. We want to provide an alternative that defends fundamental values that are being lost in modern society,” said Malik Ruiz, the leader of the Islamic Community of Spain – the group behind the proposals. “We are not trying to force segregation,” he added.
If it receives the go ahead from both Granada councillors and officials from the Junta de Andalucía regional government, the school will be both privately and publicly funded. It will admit non-Muslim children, while its curriculum will follow that of other public schools across Spain.
“We hope to buy land on which to build the school later this year, with the aim to start classes in October 2010,” explained Ruiz.