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House Of Reps To Collaborate With National Commission For Almajiri To Tackle The Problem Of Out-Of School Children In Nigeria

Hon. Almustapha and Almajiri ES

The House of Representatives has pledged to collaborate with the National Commission for Almajiri and Out-of- School Education to tackle the problem of out-of-school children in Nigeria using “alternative schooling”.

The House Committee Chairman on Alternative Education Hon. Almustapha Aliyu (APC, Sokoto), stated this when he received the Executive Secretary of Almajiri Commission on a courtesy visit on Thursday in his office.

He said, it is the desire of the National Assembly to see the out-of-school children are trained with relevant skills to become productive members of society.

Hon. Almustapha said the project is tagged ‘Nigeria Mass Reduction of Out-of-School Children and Youth Project’ (NiMPROP), and it is proposed to last for four years.

“In partnership with relevant government agencies, the intervention aims at improving access to education for all Nigerian children in line with the aspirations of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs-4) on qualitative and inclusive education for all.

He said, it would significantly reduce the number of out-of-school children through the non-formal accelerated education system and other alternative schooling programmes.

“The government agencies that the committee is working with include the National Commission of Almajiri and out-of-school children, the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education and the National Commission for Nomadic Education,” he said.

On his part the Executive Secretary (ES) of Almajiri Commission, Idris Muhammad Sani in an interview with journalists shortly after the visit said, the meeting was an interface between his Commission and the House Committee on Alternative Education to see how best they can collaborate in the area of  Almajiri education and out of school children in Nigeria.

Amajiri ES

The ES said, he is so impressed with the level of commitment and uncommon passion that the Chairman of the Committee has for Almajiri education and out of school children in Nigeria. Noting that, with such kind of commitment there is hope for a brighter future for Almajiri in Nigeria.

“It gladdens my heart that, we have people with such kind of passion and commitment in Nigeria”.

According to the ES his priority for now is Advocacy, saying there is the need to sensitize Nigerians on the need collaborate in order to educate the over ten million Almajiris and out of school children in Nigeria so as to become productive members of the society.

He said, part of their plan is to tour the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja with aimed at meeting governors, traditional leaders, religious leaders as well as influential members of the society in order to seek for their support and cooperation on this very important project for a better Nigeria.

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