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RAF builds Holy Quran centre in Khartoum


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The centre, built at a cost of QR5m, has 52 classrooms equipped with modern facilities

Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) has built a centre for learning Holy Quran for girls at a cost of QR5m at the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.
The new building has 52 classrooms equipped with modern facilities. It can accommodate 1,560 students at a time. More than 26,000 girl students from 11 colleges of the Varsity will benefit from the project.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by Dr Ayed bin Dabssan Al Qahtani, Chairman, Board of Trustees, and General Director, RAF, Sudanese Minister of Education and Scientific Research, Dr Sumayah Mohamed Ahmed Abu Kashawa, and Professor Al Tijani Mustafa Mohamad Saleh, State Minister at the Ministry and other officials.
Dr Imaduddin Bakri Abu Haraz, Chairman of Dhinnurain charity organization, the local partner of RAF in Sudan, also attended the ceremony.
The new facility will provide an excellent environment for girl students to learn and memorise the holy Quran, said Abu Kashawa. “The girl students needed such education because they are mothers of the future,” she added. The revolution in higher education and scientific research has helped increase the number of girl students at the universities, especially at the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences, she said.
The Minister lauded the efforts of RAF and the organisations of other Arab and Islamic countries in supporting Sudan at a time when some countries imposed sanctions on it.
The initiative will also open doors for students coming to Sudan for pursuing higher studies. The expatriate students feel at home in Sudan due to the hospitality and nice treatment of citizens, said the Minister.
The new facility will help prepare the new generation with the knowledge of Holy Quran, especially future mothers, said Al Qahtani. “We are proud of the university and are ready to provide more support and call upon others to support the varsity for the achievement of its goals,” he said. 
The education sector is a priority area for RAF. It has allocated a big portion of its budget for the implementation of educational projects worldwide, said Al Qahtani. Several education projects are being implemented for the most deserving people, notably girl students.
The tower is a gift from RAF to the University the Holy Quran that attracted a big number of students from neighbouring African countries. The Tower of Holy Quran is a four-storey building and it can serve thousands of students.