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FG to Integrate Arabic studies into Almajiri School Curriculum

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The National Commission for Almajiri and Out-of-School Children’s Education (NCAOOSCE) is to partner with the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) and the Nigeria Arabic Language Village (NALV) to scale up the educational experience of Almajiri students by incorporating Arabic studies into their curriculum.

In a statement signed by the Special Assistant , Media & Communications to the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Almajiri and Out-of-School Children’s Education, Nura Muhammad said the Executive Secretary of NCAOOSCE, Dr Muhammad Sani Idris, stated this at an inter-agency collaborative meeting between the three agencies in Kaduna.

He said with this collaboration, the organisations are committed to ensuring that Almajiri students receive a deep understanding of Arabic language and Islamic teachings.

“The lack of understanding of the Arabic language among memorizers of the Qur’an can lead to manipulation by selfish individuals.

“When people rely solely on memorization without comprehension, they become vulnerable to misinterpretations and distorted explanations of the Qur’anic verses, prompting them to take up arms against the state.

“Some misguided individuals may also exploit this lack of understanding to promote their own agenda, cherry-picking verses to justify their claims and manipulate followers,” Dr Idris said.

He said in addition to partnering NBAIS, and NALV in the area of Arabic studies, NCAOOSCE , is also working closely with other relevant agencies to enhance Almajiri education further.

“One of the key focuses is to introduce English language education to Almajiri students, ensuring that they have the necessary skills to thrive in a modern, globaližed world.”

The NCAOOSCE Executive Secretary said by collaborating with various agencies, the commission is committed to providing Almajiri students with a well-rounded education that prepares them for success in all aspects of life.

“Products of the Almajiri schools can be enrolled in institutions like the Islamic University of Madina and the Islamic University of Niger, and study courses that would qualify them as workers in the judiciary, foreign missions and in the teaching profession.”

Dr Idris appealed to NBAIS to hand over to NCAOOSCE, the Tsangaya Unit of the Board to serve as a learning centre for the reformed almajiri education.

He also said the commission will provide an accelerated learning programme for out-of-school children in the southern part of the country who are into apprenticeship, for them study up to the tertiary level of education.

“We will also collaborate with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP to fight against the trafficking of such children, child labour and any form of inhumane treatment.”

Both the Registrar of NBAIS, Prof. Yahuza Imam and the CEO of NALV, Prof. Ibrahim Muhammad pledged their maximum cooperation towards addressing the challenges faced by out-of-school children in Nigeria.

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