4 Reasons Ganduje Ban Almajiri, Child Beggars On The Street of Kano
Almajiri: The governor of Kano state,Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday placed a ban on Almajiri’s street begging.
The situation Ganduje considered a menace to Kano state.
Almajiri is derived from the Arabic “Almuhajirun”, meaning an emigrant. It usually refers to a person who migrates from the luxury of his home to other places or to a popular teacher in the quest for Islamic knowledge.
Ganduje announced the decision during the launch of Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and distribution of offer of appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers, which held at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano
Although, the governor took the action less than a week after Muhammadu Sanusi, emir of Kano, called for the arrest of the fathers who send out their children to beg.
He however lamented over the “ugly situation”, and highlighted reasons why the decisions is necessary at this point.
CityNews enumerates below, the Kano state governor’s reasons for banning Almajiri street begging:
1. To fully actualize the free and compulsory primary and secondary school education and integrate the Almajiri system to the policy.
2. To give almajiris, child beggars, other types of education.
3. He added that while they will continue to acquire their knowledge of the Holy Qur’an, the kids would also learn English and Arithmetic.
4. The governor explained that such will give them the opportunity to continue with their studies to secondary school level and beyond.
According to the Kano state governor:
“This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with it integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation which suggests that English and Arithmetic must be included in the Almajiri schools curriculum.”
“That will give them an opportunity to continue with their studies to secondary schools and beyond.”
Ganduje also sent stern warning to Alamajiri teachers that won’t comply with his administration decision on begging.
He said teachers under the almajiri school arrangement must accept the new approach or leave the state. In Ganduje’s words:
“If you think you cannot accept that then you leave the state,” he said. “When Almajiri are caught begging, it is not only that beggar is caught, but their parents or guardians would be taken to court for disrespecting our laws.”