Kano state government north western Nigeria has constituted a Technical Committee that would review and reposition the Almajiri system of education with a view to pull them out from the street.
Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said the Technical Committee is billed to fashion out ways of integrating the Almajiri system into the mainstream curriculum-based education system that complies with international best practice as manifested in Muslim countries across the globe.
“The new initiative will checkmate the menace of street begging among Almajiris. Because more measures would be put in place to bring forth the dignity and resourcefulness of pupils for the overall development of the state.”
“With the recent pronouncement of free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education, this new development would, among other things, integrate Qur’anic schools with mainstream government-controlled schools where English, Mathematics, Hygiene education, among others would form part of the curriculum for the identified Almajiri schools,” he said.
He said due to anticipated pressure the government will recruit more teachers, accept volunteers and increase learning materials.
The committee constitute notable Qur’anic scholars and the State Universal Basic Education Board amongst other stakeholders
The chairman of the Committee, Dr Muhammad Tahar Adam assured the governor of their dedication and commitment based on the confidence repose in them, stressing: “We will do our best to deliver in accordance with Islam. Both in practice and application.”
Terms of reference of the committee includes: to go and have deeper discussions with Alarammomi (Qur’anic teachers who have with them pupils under their tutelage for Qur’anic education) and see how to come up with a more proper and acceptable way, as obtained in other Muslim nations on Qur’anic education.
Ganduje said: “They will sit with such Alarammomi and see how we can introduce Western type of education into their curriculum in order to produce children with all types of education to prepare them for good living here on earth and hereafter. They too, need to go with modern time and get all the opportunities other children are getting.”
He said the initiative will include children from other states and neighboring country as burden for Kano as metropolitan centre
“We have statistics with us that many out of school children as given by different surveys, are not from Kano. They come from other states of the federation. Some are brought in from other neighboring countries, like Niger Republic, Chad and some from Cameroon.”
Kano is reported to have over 3 million out of school children and Almajiris form substantial part of the number.