The 2, 711, 767 Almajiris scattered across six states of the Northeast accounts for about 25 percent of the total 9.5 Almajiri population in Nigeria, and is dangerous for national cohesion, a study has revealed.
The study further adds that Borno state alone hosts a total of 1.8 million of them, thereby ranking the state with the highest number of Almajiris across Nigeria.
Education Officer, UNICEF D–Field Office in Bauchi, Muntaka Mukhtar Mohammad spoke in Gombe yesterday at a one-day dissemination of reviewed national benchmark for integrating basic education into Quranic schools in Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states organised by the State Agency for Mass Education, SAME in collaboration with UNICEF.
He said Nigeria has over 10.5 million out-of-school children, out of which 9.5 million are Alamjiri, thus making the country almost the highest out of school children globally.
He said the situation called for urgent attention and action as the figure posed a very big threat to social cohesion and active citizenship in the nation.
He said: “Our inability to offer basic education to these children means we are breeding a large number of children that will become a strong menace to all of us sooner or later.
“Other countries that had problem with only 100,000 children have developed National Emergency Strategy to make sure these children perform and function as normal citizens”.
Musa Hassan Gusau, Director Literacy and Development, Abuja while presenting a synopsis of the reviewed national benchmark for integrating basic education into Quranic schools said the document consisted of six distinct but related sections.
He said there were five basic types of Almajiri schools in the country with six hierarchies of learners; and that the document contained all there is to know in order to enhance the implementation of integration process.
The meeting highlighted the current situation of integrating Quranic Tsangaya Education, IQTE, in Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states.