4 Almajiri refers to children usually from poor rural backgrounds, who leave their homes to study in non formal Qur’anic school in urban areas.
5 The term also refers to any young person who begs on the streets and does not attend secular school.
6 According to Galadima-Soba, the engagement dialogue is designed to sensitise the communities on legal identification of Almajiri children to mobilise participation in the exercise.
8 The director said the exercise focused at sensitising community and religious leaders in Ikara, Lere, Kubau, Igabi and Zaria.
9 Represented by MrYusuf Balarabe, UNICEF Focal Person in the state, the director said the exercise would also capture out-of- school adolescent girls in the selected LGAs.
“A recent survey shows that Ikara, Lere, Kubau, Igabi and Zaria LGAs has the largest number of Almajiri children in the state who have not been registered with NPC.
10 “We are here to sensitise you as community leaders so that you can pass the message across the Qur’anic schools known as Tsangaya, to allow the population commission register the Almajiri under them,” he said.
11 Hajiya Halima Jega, Director Vital Registration of Birth, NPC, described birth registration as important in showing that the child exist.
12 Jega, represented by Nuruddeen Shafi’i, said the registration exercise would last for eight days, and urged traditional leaders to enlighten their subjects to get registered.
14 “We want to register 6,000 children in Zaria, therefore, we need the support of religious leaders and traditional leaders so that the exercise would be successful,” he said.
16 He urged participants to use the opportunity to register their children for free, adding that it may not be free in the future.
17 Meanwhile, some of the participants commended NOA, NPC and UNICEF for the gesture, adding they were now more informed on the importance of birth registration.
19 Binta Yunusa, a Women Leader in Tudun Wada community, said she would ensure women register their children with the NPC including those attending Qur’anic schools.