Canberra: In a notable instance of collaboration, the Islamic Schools Association of Australia has partnered with Christian Schools Australia and the Australian Association of Christian Schools (AACS) to launch the Parliamentary Friends of Religious Schools & Faith Communities in the Australian Parliament. The initiative was officially unveiled during an event attended by parliamentary members, senators, and dignitaries, with Abdullah Khan, Chair of the Islamic Schools Association of Australia, delivering an address.
The parliamentary group, co-chaired by Senator Deborah O’Neill and Mr Julian Lesse MP, aims to provide faith-based schools with a platform to advocate for shared interests within the Australian Parliament.
Abdullah Khan in his speech highlighted the integral role of faith-based schools in the Australian educational landscape, emphasizing the growth of Islamic schools and the demand for education that integrates faith, culture, and academic excellence.
During his speech, Abdullah Khan stressed the importance of parental choice in education, advocating for the freedom of parents to choose educational settings aligned with their values. He expressed gratitude to the members of the Parliamentary Friends of Religious Schools & Faith Communities for recognizing the significance of faith-based education in Australian society.
The collaboration between Islamic and Christian schools signifies a commitment to fostering diversity, understanding, and respect. The establishment of this parliamentary group is anticipated to contribute significantly to the ongoing dialogue surrounding education, faith, and harmony in Australia, with the shared goal of ensuring access to high-quality education for every child, irrespective of their faith or background.