"Education is Key to the Development of a Compassionate Society"


Officiating Speech

Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak

Rector International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

Welcoming Remarks

Hj. Nicholas Sylvester

Executive Chairman RDC BHD

Welcoming Remarks

Prof. Dr. Abdelaziz Berghout

Dean of ISTAC – IIUM

Keynote Address

Prof. Dr. Dawood Abdul Malek Yahya Al-Hidabi

Director International Institute for Muslim Unity, IIUM

Special Talk

Dr. Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury

Chairman Seven Skies International School


Malaysia | Dr Kamaliah Noordin

Deputy Chairman IKRAM Education Committee

Thailand | Dr. Ibrahem Narongraksakhet

Faculty of Islamic Sciences, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Singapore | Haniah Bte Abdul Hamid

Founder Cavenur Ed-Venture

Indonesia | Kyai Arief Setiawan

Chairman Pondok Pesanteran Assalam Arya Kemuning

Philippines | Mohammad Nhor Sawato

Committee Member RDCP Philippines

Timor Leste | Anwar Da Costa

Chairman An Nur Foundation

Hong Kong | Zareenah Ho Sau Yin

Principal of Islam Kasim Trust Memorial College

Japan | Haroon Quraeshi

Secretary General Japan Islamic Trust

New Zealand | Robina Dean

Founding Principal of Zayd College for Girls


In line with SDG 4 target (Quality Education), RDC inspires to build the capacity for education in the communities to improve the opportunities for equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality education. This includes pre-school, elementary/primary school, secondary school, technical, vocational, and tertiary education to provide lifelong learning opportunities for children, youth and adults.

In many parts of the Asia Pacific region, there are students who are from the underprivileged families yearning to pursue their studies to improve their lives and the lives of others around them. In Muslim minority countries, the Muslim communities want to have Islamic education in their localities.

RDC has conducted an education survey with their collaborators in 30 Asia Pacific countries. 

Based on the survey, 12 countries have responded and indicated that they needed an Islamic education for various stages, i.e., pre-school, elementary, secondary schools, and school for special needs. The 12 countries are: China, Mongolia, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Philippines, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Japan & Singapore.

Several round table discussions had been conducted with these countries and four countries seek RDC’s assistance to open and/or improve their Islamic education in their countries.