The group inaugurates the ‘Send Almajiri to CLASS’ campaign



The group inaugurates the ‘Send Almajiri to CLASS’ campaign

By Ruth Oketunde

The Almajiri Child Rights Initiative, a children’s rights group, launched the “ Send Almajiri to CLASS ” campaign on Wednesday in Abuja to commemorate Almajiri Child Rights Day 2021.

Mr. Mohammed Sabo Keana, team leader of the group, told a press conference in Abuja that the campaign aimed to combat the phenomenon of Almajiri where access to Koranic education would be easy within their communities or homes of origin.

The acronym CLASS stands for Community / District Learning Almajiri School System.

Keana said the campaign would ensure greater accountability and shared responsibility between parents,
government and community.

According to him, since the launch of Children’s Rights Day in Almajiri, the group has been committed to involving key stakeholders in the development and implementation of a policy offering a long-term solution. to restore dignity to the life of the Almajiri child.

“Since then, we have witnessed a certain level of commitment from relevant government institutions and bodies.

“The educational supports and interventions under CLASS will be more sustainable thanks to an initiated and institutionalized community-based social protection system.

“This is to ensure continued support for programs and initiatives and can be supported by the international community when and where needed.

“In this way, we believe that the programs and interventions will be more sustainable and that we can reach a point where no child will be seen on the streets in the name of Almajiri practice,” he said.

Keana listed information interventions, child protection, basic education and skills training as well as social protection and accountability as recommendations for the successful implementation of the CLASS campaign.

“The implementation of these policy recommendations is the necessary first step for the reform of the Almajiri system, which is essential to achieve a sustainable intervention and programs that could end the child rights crisis of Almajiri, ”he said. (NOPE)


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