- The Gombe state government is determined to reposition almajiri system of education
- The government of the northern state is set to award certificates to almajirai for memorizing the Holy Qur’an
- The state has expressed readiness to do this in partnership with the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies
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Gombe state government is to award almajirai with certificates issued from the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) for memorizing the Qur’an.
Daily Trust reports that this was disclosed in a statement by Dr. Abdullahi Bappah Ahmad Garkuwa, the project coordinator of Gombe State Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA).
The statement which was signed by Usman Dankyarana, the technical assistant to the project coordinator in Bauchi said the aim was to invite the almajiri for a summit and seek collaboration with the board to issue certificates to pupils that memorized the Holy Qur’an from tsangaya.
According to Dr. Garkuwa, almajiri would be able to further their education in any tertiary institution in the country with the certificate.
He also said that the Gombe state government on its part is committed to repositioning the almajiri system of education.
The project coordinator opened up on the government's plan to establish 11 tsangaya model schools that will accommodate 1000 almajiri in each local government area of the state.
Meanwhile, an 8-year-old girl, Nuroh Nasir, emerged winner of the 2019 edition of the Faith Unites Muslim Charity Initiative (FUMCI)’s Qur'an and Hadith competition.
Legit.ng's regional reporter, Ibrahim Akinola, reports that the young girl defeated the other nine contestants in Qur'an category to emerge the best while she also beat four other contestants in Hadith category during the grand finale of competition held on Lagos Mainland.
The event was witnessed by eminent scholars within the state including the former commissioner of home affairs and Lagos Amir Hajj for 2019, Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, who admonished the participants and the parents to be dutiful to their creator and be with good companions.
In other news, Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, sent a warning message to parents who enroll their children into the Almajiri system.
The governor said that any parent who ignores his message may end in jail. He gave the warning on Monday, May 25, when he visited some Almajiri children repatriated from Nasarawa state, and undergoing rehabilitation and optical screening at Government College, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna.
The governor said any Islamic cleric who enrolls any child into the Almajiri system would also be prosecuted and jailed as well as fined N100,000 or N200,000 per child.
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