Situations of Al-Majiri School, Gagi, Sokoto: Its Achievements and Challenges from Inception to Date

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume II, Issue IX, September 2018 | ISSN 2454–6186

Situations of Al-Majiri School, Gagi, Sokoto: Its Achievements and Challenges from Inception to Date

Dr. Sirajo Muhammad Sokoto1, Mukhtar Sarkin-Kebbi2, Abubakar Ibrahim Usman3, Dr. Umar Ubandawaki4, Dr. Attahiru Ahmad Sifawa5

1, 3Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sokoto State University Sokoto – Nigeria
2Department of Educational Foundation, Faculty of Education, Sokoto State University, Sokoto, Nigeria
4Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sokoto State University Sokoto – Nigeria
5Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sokoto State University, Sokoto – Nigeria

  1. INTRODUCTION

Al-mjiri Education Programme is a programme designed to cater for the Almajirai who are out-of-school in Northern Nigerian states, the programme is aimed at integrating traditional Qur’anic schools and western education under Universal Basic Education Commission. The establishment of Al-majiri Integrated Education is one of the current issues that required special intervention from the governments at all levels to take measures to curtail the menace of street begging, drug abuse, child trafficking, of children and youth in the name of pursuing Qur’anic Education. The Al-majiri (Itinerant Qur’anic School Pupils) constitutes the largest group of out-of-school children in Nigeria numbering over nine (9) million children.[1] This segment of Nigerian population poses tremendous challenges to attainment of Education For All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The objective of the programme is to:

[1] Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Implementation of Al-majiri Education Programme by Federal Government. Almajiri Education Unit: Universal Basic Education Commission, Nigeria. 2010.

  1. Provide access and equity to Basic Education for all Al-majiri school age children;
  2. Discourage and gradually eliminate itinerancy for all Almajirai in the country; and
  3. Support the emergency of an enabling environment that could facilitate the effective integration of Islamic discipline into Basic Education Programme.[1]

[1] Ibid

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