The Kaduna state government is set to register almajiri schools as part of its effort to regulate its activities in the state.
A Justice Department official, Hajiya Khadija, made the announcement during a one-day workshop on sharing findings/suggestions on the Almajiri system of education as a basis for legislative engagement, supported by the MacArthur Foundation in Kaduna over the weekend.
She noted that each of the almajiri schools in the state will be registered with the Kaduna State Quality Assurance Board.
According to her, a committee with competent and expert experts has been set up to guide the board, with the Ministry of Justice expected to have its own input.
Earlier, the national coordinator of Alfacare, the organizers of the event, Malam Hassan Abubakar noted that the almajiri education system has become a serious problem in the north.
According to him, a solution must be found for it to function effectively by giving children the opportunity to receive Qur’anic education without the inherent challenges of the system.
He said: “The tradition of Quranic education, as established after the 19th-century jihad in Hausaland, was that in which the respective districts, towns and villages under the emirate system were served with a team of district and village chiefs, an imam and an Islamic teacher. .
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“The district and village heads rule the city and ensure justice, the imam leads in prayers, performs marriages and serves as a judge (khadi), while the Islamic teacher teaches the religion to the children and adults of the community.
“There was a very close relationship between the community and the almajiri schools in the 19th and 20th centuries. The malams were taken care of and fed by the district or village chiefs before settling in, the students were fed by community members. The Malam enrolls community children in his school.”
For example, under the Sokoto Caliphate, he claimed that the almajiri schools were funded entirely from the state treasury.
He also said that students were taught at various stages from reciting, learning the alphabet, memorizing and advanced learning books on various branches of knowledge.
“The collapse of the system began with colonial conquest and the imposition of colonial rule, which began during the colonial wars of conquest that led to the death of many scholars on the battlefield.
“Death reduced the number of learned persons and created fear among those who survived. This led to the loss of teachers and also weakened the morale of the survivors, disrupting traditional Quranic education in both the Caliphate and the Borno Empire,” he added.