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Kebbi To Align Almajiri Schools With Formal Education Syste



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The Kebbi State Government says it is streamlining the Almajiri system of education in the state to conform with the formal system of education.

The Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Alhaji Muhamad Sani-Aliyu, disclosed this at a weekly ministerial briefing held in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs is a new ministry created by the present Kauran Gwandu led-administration with a view to reducing moral decadence, youth waywardness, social vices and crimes through moral education and counselling in liaison with relevant the government’s agencies.

The commissioner identified “Almajiri Integrated Education” as a unit under the ministry saddled with the responsibility of regulating the conduct of Almajiri training, streamlining the concept of Almajiri education and improving on Almajiri system of education.

“The unit is carrying out a demography of Islamiyya and Almajiri schools to identify the age and number of pupils, their various origins, parents and their living conditions for appropriate actions,” he said.

Sani-Aliyu explained that the ministry had created Zakkat, preaching and Hisbah boards for effective and efficient operations, adding that Islam charged leaders with the responsibility of collecting Zakkat from the rich and distributing it to the needy and other identified groups of persons.

He added that, “Between May 2023  and now, about 23,543 mentally-challenged patients received treatment and medications at the Zauro Psychiatric Medical Outreach.

“The ministry had also facilitated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding  between Kebbi State Government and Qatar Foundation, where over 200 locations had been identified for the construction of boreholes and other social amenities.”

To cushion the effects of the present hardship being experienced, Sani-Aliyu said the state government under the ministry had intervened in different ramifications, ranging from pre-Ramadan, Ramadan and post-Ramadan packages.

This, according to him, includes the distribution of grains to the public by the office of Secretary to the State Government and the state Ministry of Agriculture, Ramadan feeding at designated Mosque across the state “which is targeting 11,400 persons per day,” the Vulnerable Groups Ramadan Intervention, targeting 14,000 families and mid-Ramadan grains intervention amongst others.

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