Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa’i has assured that, all the 218 Almajirai who were repatriated to Kaduna and now tested free of COVID-19, would be enrolled in free and compulsory primary education.
This Governor who disclosed this on his accredited Facebook page on Monday said, the Almajiri were being restored full human rights as children, dignity and hope.
He also allayed the the fear from some quarters that, the children would be denied Islamic education, saying that, plans have been put in place to ensure the children go to Islamic school in the evening and at the weekend.
According El-Rufa’i, every child in Kaduna has equal opportunity and access to 12 years of free and compulsory education in the state’s public schools.
“I am pleased to see our Almajiri children the batch of 218 from Kano, Nassarawa, Plateau & Gombe States looking well and free of Covid 19.
“With the support of @UNICEF_Nigeria, AMA Foundation, other NGOs & philanthropists, they are being restored full human rights as children, dignity & hope! Every child in Kaduna has equal opportunity and access to 12 years of Free and Compulsory Education in our public schools.” He said.
The governor disclosed that the next step was for the Commissioner of Human Services and Social Development, Mrs Hafsat Baba and her team to return the Almajirai to their parents in collaboration with Local Government Chairmen and Traditional Rulers.
“All the children are to be compulsorily enrolled in the primary school nearest to them so they have modern education and life skills in the morning, and continue their Quranic or Islamic education in the afternoon and over the weekend. That is how many of us got our education. That is what the Northern States’ Governors’ Forum decided. These children may be the future of Northern Nigeria.” He said.