The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has expressed readiness to support the governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state remodeling of Almajiri system of education, with the view to strengthening Almajiris to become self-reliant for their overall development
The Commission Executive Secretary Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, stated this when the governor paid him a courtesy call at UBEC Headquarters in Abuja on Friday, assuring that the Commission would try hard to see that Kano succeed in this resolve.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Abba Anwar on Saturday said the Executive Secretary noted that “What your state is intending to do Your Excellency, is also part of the cardinal principles of President Muhammadu Buhari administration in the area of developing our younger ones to be enterprising, self-reliant and more productive to the society. For the overall national development.”
“As we are supporting Kano state government for this unmatched development, we are at the same time informing you that, this is an all-important federal government policy. Ours is to, therefore, commend you for this,” Dr. Bobboyi encourages.
The Executive Secretary hopes that other states would emulate this initiative from Kano, as a way of strengthening modalities and strategies for genuine human development, starting from the younger ones, insisting that, “…this will go a long way in making sure that all segments of our population are assets for the nation’s growth and development.”
The statement said Governor Ganduje, after commending the UBEC Boss, assured that the project was conceptualized to succeed. Assuring that, the Almajiri schools would, after the take-off of the project, continue to be one of the critical centers of attraction when planning for development comes to the fore at all levels of government.
He said “Though many of our Almajiris in Kano are not from the state since they are residing in the state we must find ways to remodel the system for our overall development.
While arguing that some are even from the neighboring countries of Niger Republic, Chad and some parts of Cameroon, he observed that “The cosmopolitan nature of Kano, as a state could be a reason for this high concentration of these Almajiris.
Hence the inclusion of experts in Qur’anic studies, like Gwani Yahuza Gwani Dan Zarga, and other critical stakeholders, as Ganduje postulates.
Emphasizing that “We are coming up with a good workable strategy that would improve our Almajiri schools to comply with what is obtained in other Muslim countries. And to also achieve the same or higher results. This is our intention and our target.”