By Ruth Oketunde
The Almajiri Child Rights Initiative, an advocacy group, on Wednesday in Abuja, inaugurated the ‘Send Almajiri to CLASS’ campaign to commemorate 2021 Almajiri Child Rights Day.
Mr Mohammed Sabo Keana, the group’s team leader, said at a news conference in Abuja that the campaign was aimed at addressing the Almajiri phenomenon where access to Quranic education would be easy within their communities or homes of origin.
The acronym CLASS means Community/Constituency Learning Almajiri School System.
Keana said that the campaign would ensure greater accountability and shared responsibility between parents,
government and the community.
According to him, since the launch of the Almajiri Child Rights Day, the group pledged to engage critical stakeholders toward developing and implementing a policy that offered a long-term solution for returning dignity to the life of the Almajiri child.
“We have since witnessed some level of commitment by relevant institutions and arms of government.
“Education supports and interventions within the framework of CLASS will be more sustainable through a community-driven social welfare system initiated and institutionalised.
“This to ensure continuous support of programmes and initiatives and can be supported by the international community when and where necessary.
“This way, we believe programmes and interventions will be more sustainable and we can reach a point where no child will be seen on the street in the name of Almajiri practice,” he said.
Keana listed information interventions, child protection, basic education and skill acquisition as well as social welfare and accountability as recommendations for the successful implementation of the CLASS campaign.
“The implementation of these policy recommendations is the first necessary step for the reformation of the Almajiri system, which is critical for achieving a sustainable intervention and programmes that could bring an end to the Almajiri child rights crisis,” he said. (NAN)