THE LIFE OF AN ALMAJIRI

ADDA’U ABDULLAHI (U12MM1149)

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There are estimated nine and a half million indigent children on the streets begging for alms, known as almajiri, in the northern part of Nigeria. These children constitute an army of helpless minors, lacking adequate care and education. With very little hope for the future, these children often become instruments of violence for those looking to perpetrate such acts. The plight of the almajiri has recently attracted the attention of federal and state governments with the establishment of special schools geared towards providing these children with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to contribute to national development.
The struggle of poverty and other related day to day activities, when he is sick how does he take care of his life? How did they arrange themselves at night? Because you may find that the number that is supposed to accommodate them in a single room is higher than expected when you look at this situation you will end up having no idea at the end of the day.
The recently remodeled almajiri initiative that seeks to integrate Quranic and western education is considered a milestone and applauded by man. It has been established by the study that parents who sent their children to almajirai schools belongs to the poor peasantry and other low income-earning segments in the Nigerian society characterized by low attainment of western education, polygamy and the extended family. The mallams were also found to have low economic status. The system was found to have a faulty organizational structure because the schools were left in hand of the proprietors without external supervision. Thus, problems such as over¬-population, lack of accommodation, shortage of teachers, lack of modern teaching and learning materials, obsolete curriculum, e.t.c., were faced by the schools.
When islam came to Nigeria in the 11th century A.D. in kanem Bormo, the rulers at that time were to have encouraged learning by building Islamic schools.

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