Sokoto state Gov. Aminu Tambuwal has said that the state government is set to remodell of the Qur’anic education system and not outlaw it.
Tambuwal said this during the closing of a two-day workshop for the adaptation of the Indonesian Pondok system into the Almajiri-Islamiyya educational system in the state on Saturday.
He conveyed the government’s decision to secure that the endeavor was implemented to the letter, emphasizing that any recognisable achievement of the system would promote and boost the state’s educational system.
” We are not aiming to ban the Almajiri qur’anic education system as some people have urged the Sokoto state government to emulate other states.
” We are striving to provide reasonable solutions to the challenges and with the present initiative the time has come”, Tambuwal said.
Furthermore, he ascertained of full implementation of the recommendations made by resource persons and the design of a programme that would surely be a remedy to the educational challenges, particularly bridging the gap of out of school children.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III in his remarks prompted the Federal Government and its agencies, including the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and others, to consider making financial provisions to the Almajiri qur’anic educational system.
Abubakar remarked that when the implementation of the initiative commences, the out of school children figure will plummet as well as lessen those wandering the streets.
The Sultan also persuaded others states to imitate Sokoto state on the initiative, in recognition of its significance and appropriateness to Nigerian’s system of education.
Mrs Maryam Uwais, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Social Investment Programmes , communicated elation at the initiative as it was in line with the President’s feats at curtailing poverty and empowering Nigerians.
” The huge numbers of marginalized youths and children, who have no education, school dropouts who have no skills, have contributed to the dismal outcomes of
” The challenges also include females who faced incidence of gender based violence, along with cases of early marriages arising from lack of education, which leads to diminished opportunities ” Uwais said.
She pointed out that the Pandok system concentrates on character development and addressing socioeconomic challenges that children encountered, as well as improving educational levels which were all aligned with Sustainable Development Goals.
Uwais put in that her office was laboring towards empowering between 30 to 50 youths in all the local government councils, to supervise and monitor others on valuable skills to be acquired, through various initiatives.