Some of the Almajari.
By Ahmed Ahmed
Community leaders in Bauchi, Bauchi State, have assured that they would improve the security and the welfare of the Almajiri pupils in the state.
They made the commitment at the community and religious leaders’ town hall meeting organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with the support of Mac – Arthur Foundation in Bauchi.
They explained that the move was to ensure that defaults in feeding the learners, deployment of basic education teachers and welfare of the teachers should be corrected.
The Deputy Dean, School of Islamic Studies, College for Legal and Islamic Misau, Dr Muhammad Abdulkadir, in his presentation, said that Almajiri was an Islamic system of education majorly practiced in northern Nigeria.
“The word almajiri is Arabic; meaning a person who leaves his abode in search of Islamic knowledge. The knowledge that he/she will serve the Almighty Allah,” he said.
“The best way the government can end the almajiri street begging is by finding all solutions by modernizing the system.
“It is not possible to eliminate the system as this will pose a threat to national security. It will be perceived as a fight against Islam, governments should reform the almajiri system rather than banning it.”
Abdulkadir also called on the community leaders to compliment government’s efforts by providing security and improve the welfare of the Almajiri pupils.
Also, Alhaji Sulaiman Bashir, the Village Head of Dan iya in Bauchi, urged the community leaders and parents to provide food for the children.
“The Almajiri pupil engages in daily begging for food to survive. Under this practice, poor families from rural areas find it difficult to feed themselves.
“The community leaders should endeavour to donate food items to the teachers and the pupils and also bring them closer.
“This would improve their lives and put smiles into the lives of the teachers and the pupils,” Bashir said.
The ward head of Wuntin Dada, Alhaji Abass Abdulmumini stressed the need for monitoring the quranic teachers to avoid child labour.
He also warned against sending the pupils on faraway errands, adding that this would pose danger on the way.