Improving Islamic education in the Netherlands

This week De Telegraaf publishes an interview with Yusuf Altuntas, principal of the ISBO, the Netherlands’ umbrella organization for Islamic education, in advance of its annual address. Venues for Islamic education in the country include 42 elementary and 2 secondary schools serving approximately 10,000 pupils. Altuntas addressed plans to improve ratings for school inspections through online monitoring and incentive programs involving ‘friendly competition’. The goal is providing quality education for all students. Altantas states, “We want with our schools to have immigrant children excelling, and offer education in a safe environment. We are convinced that students who learn by us do not become dropouts. No, we don’t celebrate Christmas, but we do educate to good citizens.”