Summit kicks against abolition of Almajiri education, seeks reform
The National Almajirci Summit has kicked against the move by state governments to abolish the Almajiri education in their respective states.
They maintained that they are ready to reform the system by coming up with a new model of Almajirci.
Speaking at a one-day workshop for 50 Islamic clerics and Ulama from the 19 Northern states and Abuja at the weekend in Kaduna, the coordinator of the summit, Hajiya Rabi Hussaini noted that the event was informed by the recent move by state governors to stop almajiranci in their respective domains.
According to her, “As it is now, thousands of schools are either closed or temporary closed leaving thousands of Almajirai children in their homes and not learning the Qur’an.”
The coordinator maintained that it was based on this premise that experts from the academia, Ulama and Islamic clerics were called to salvage the situation.
She noted, “This group of people now came up with a document on Almajirci model cohorts which will be a working document that will be presented to all stakeholders.
“We are ready for reforms and we are working hard to achieving that. For instance, we are involving our legislative arms in these new reforms.”
She stated that it will be a shame if Muslims allowed Almajiri education to go under, saying the almajiri education has come to stay.
In his welcome address, one of the conveners of the summit, Dr Abubakar Kawu Hassan, traced the history of Almajiri education to the pre-colonial era, saying even when Lord Luggard assumed power as Governor General, he met 128,000 of such schools in the region.
Hassan remarked that the then colonial government decided to leave the northerners with their system even when they introduced their own western education.
The Islamic cleric said the challenge is to combine both Almajirci education and western education.
Scholars like Professor Ibrahim Naiya, Professor Shehu Galadanci, Dr Bashir Galadanci, Dr Bala Mohammed, among others participated at the workshop.
Daily Trust reports that the models cohort has the responsibility of proposing practical and sustainable models that will address the educational needs of the teeming population of Muslim children in Nigeria now and in the future.
Also, the proposed education system is expected to meet the minimum standards for basic, secondary and tertiary education that will meet the yearnings and aspirations of many Muslim parents.