Almajirai, less privileged get education lifeline in Kaduna
Worried by poor access to western education among the less privileged, particularly the almajirai in Kaduna State, a philanthropist, Engineer Zubairu Usman Gatugal, has established a school to educate such children for free.
About 50 children, whose parents cannot afford to send them to schools, were given free uniforms, shoes and exercise books as they were freely enrolled into Cradle of Humanity Initiative (C.H.I) Almajirai Modern School located in Rigasa community of Kaduna’s Igabi Local Government Area.
The founder of the school said he established it as part of his contribution to reducing the number of out-of-school children who roam the streets as well as provide opportunities for children of the poor.
“I am not happy seeing these children begging on the streets and so I felt that as a Nigerian, I should give my contribution to the society and the state by opening a school to offer free education for them,” he said.
Arewa Trust Weekly gathered that the school will offer western education from 8am -12pm daily then offer Islamic education from 1pm to 5pm.
Zubairu further said the pupils would be taught basic computer and entrepreneurial skills and assured the community that the school would be expanded to other neighbouring communities across the northern region.
He assured that he has set aside resources for a 10-year plan that would cater for the children’s education.
One of the beneficiaries, Habibullahi Jafaru Abubakar, said he wanted to become an engineer while Ibrahim Khalil, another beneficiary said after his education, he would like to become a doctor.
Malam Jafaru Madobi, the father to one of the beneficiaries, thanked the philanthropist for his gesture and appealed to other wealthy individuals to emulate the founder of the school by assisting the children of the poor.