20,000 ‘Almajiris’ renounce begging in Katsina –Official
No fewer than 20,000 pupils of Quranic schools popularly known as ‘Almajirai’ in Katsina State have renounced street begging following the introduction of free school feeding and vocational programme by the state government. The Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Almajirai Affairs, Malam Lawal Mani Gambarawa, leading members of the feeding committee on a courtesy visit to Governor Ibrahim Shema that the scheme has been a tremendous success in the last seven months. The 20,000 pupils are from the 100 Quranic schools selected for the pilot scheme across the 34 local government areas of the state. Gambarawa explained that 38 schools were selected from Katsina Senatorial Zone, while Funtua and Daura senatorial zones had 30 and 33 schools respectively. He said that the programme was aimed at improving the living condition of the pupils, curtailing street begging, and training the affected youths on vocational skills to make them self-reliant
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