Providing Support to Keep Uyghur Madrasahs Running

Through the Uyghur Madrasah Support program from Global Zakat - ACT, Tanguri Madrasah, an Islamic school in which Uighur students in Istanbul study, received assistance so that education activities can continue.

Uighur students in Turkey.
Uyghur children studying in the madrasah. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, ISTANBUL – The masks that the Uighur students wore did not hide their happiness that was apparent on their faces. In the Tanguri Madrasah, Uighur students in Istanbul were studying with Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s teaching volunteers.

Thanks to the Uighur Madrasah Support program initiated by Global Zakat - ACT which was held from Thursday (2/11/2021) to Monday (2/15/2021), the teaching volunteers were able to participate in the learning process of the Uighur children.

"At the moment, children are allowed to do activities outside their houses from 1 to 4 p.m. every weekday. They can attend the classes in shifts while maintaining the health protocol. There are also online courses for up to 300 other Uighur children in Istanbul, ”said Firdaus Guritno from Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT.

Uighur students take a picture with the teaching volunteer. (ACTNews)

In addition to providing education for the Uighur children, ACT also provides support to teachers and volunteers at Tanguri Madrasah. "This includes the provision of operational assistance for Uighur madrassas in Istanbul," explained Firdaus.

Turkish government has imposed another lockdown after Covid-19 confirmed cases reached 2 million. Local residents are only allowed to do outdoor activities from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and are not allowed to leave their houses on weekends. "The pandemic is also affecting the Uighur communities in Turkey. The Uighurs in Turkey have no income during the pandemic because there are no active jobs," said Firdaus.

ACT continues to provide support to Uighurs who are far away from their land. Firdaus hoped that this assistance can continue to reach the Uighur in difficulties.

"Our hope is that there will always be a concern for the Uighurs diaspora in Turkey. And this will not happen without the help of generous people. We truly wish that more people will contribute to helping our Uighur brothers and sisters," Firdaus hoped. []