From Mustapha Adamu,x Kano
Khalifa Dankadai Company (KDC), the founder of KDC Foundation, has said that it has taken over two hundred almajiri off streets in Kano State from 2013 to date.
This was revealed by the Project Director of the Foundation, Khalifa Usman Mustapha, at a press conference yesterday.
He said, worried by the large population of almjiri in the commercial state, which poses danger to its peaceful coexistence, KDC came up with a 2-phased project, tagged, Community Library Project, in order to check the situation.
According to him, the foundation commenced the project in the 8 metropolitan local government areas of Kano state by giving the almajiri a rehabilitation programme, spanning for 1 year.
According to him, the foundation used public schools for the project, adding that 50 to 60 almajiris undergo the training at each of its two centres on Thursdays and Fridays.
He further revealed that the children were taught basic knowledge in both Islamic and western education during the programme, adding they received free feeding and hygiene tips to keep them clean as they were vulnerable to diseases.
Mustapha, however, disclosed that after the 1-year basic education programme, the graduates were taken to craftsmen who already had partnership with the foundation in a bid to acquire skills, noting that a lot of them had learnt crafts works and are earning a living.
“We are doing this for the goodness of our society. These children are prone to joining extremist groups. They are ready-made soldiers that can easily be recruited into extremist groups.
“That is why we have come up with the idea of empowering them to abandon the street begging and be reintegrated to the society. We are recording successes in the project and the children themselves are gradually removing the passion for street begging in their minds,” he said.