From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi
In its efforts to reduce the Alimajari street begging, Kebbi State Government is to engage 504 Quran schools in to the World Bank integrated programme.
Addressing newsmen yesterday at the one day sensitization programme organized for the Mallams from the different schools across the State, held at the Abdulahi Fodio School, the executive secretary incharge of the Universe Basic Education Hajiya Asumau said that the programme is in collaboration with the Kebbi State Government, Federal Government and World Bank which aimed to streamline the Quran education.
She explained further that N500,000 will also be given to the each schools as a take-off grant including feeding and writing materials which will also be provided to the each schools.
Asumau who further emphasis that 504 facilitators will also be attached to each school in order to give them both western and Arabic education “the government wants to bring sanity to the Quran schools and reduce the streets begging” she added.
She also said that apart from the N500, 000 take off grant; N70 per meal will also be given to feed the almajiris. She urged all the benefited schools to be committed to the programme as government is willing to provide all the necessary tools to ensure that poverty has been reduced among the children.
“As you know Governor Atiku Bagudu has passion for the children and he initiated this in order to curb the Alimajiri street begging, he wants them to also have the western education” she said.
The Emir of Gwandu who was represented by the Waziri Gwandu thanks the Governor Atiku Bagudu for bringing this programme to Kebbi State adding that it will be a long way in reducing the street begging.
Hassan Umar Desk Officer incharge Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) commended the efforts of the both Federal, state and World Bank for their initiative in supporting education in the State.
“The programme will actually bring changes to the Quran schools and improved on curbing the high rates of children out of schools” he added.