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Adamawa community establishes school to curb street begging

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The Bako Community in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa has established a modern Qur’anic school to curb the menace of street begging by children locally called “Almajiri.”

The Hausa word Almajiri is derived from the Arabic word “Al-Muhajirun,” which refers to a person who migrated his home in search of Islamic knowledge.

The term Almajiri is popular in northern part of Nigeria, it refers to any young person who begs on the streets and does not attend secular school.

The school, Darul Ummatu Nabiyyi Islamiyya, was upgraded by a philanthropist, Alhaji Ahmed Iya, to enhance teaching of the Holy Qur’an.

Iya, who spoke at the the graduation of 64 students, on Sunday in Yola, said the gesture was to transform the operations of the non formal Qur’anic school into formal school system.

He advised parents and guardians to ensure the education of their wards in both Islamic and western education.

“It is the responsibility of parents to educate their children, an educated child is an informed child while educated nation is a developing nation,” he said.

He also urged communities to support government’s efforts towards curbing the menace of street begging in the state.

“Today, we are celebrating with the students and this a very remarkable achievement in their lives and we are proud of them.

” If we all put our hands together, we will help the government to curb the menace of Almajiri in the society,” he said.

He further urged corporate bodies and wealthy individuals to establish modern Qur’anic schools to enhance teaching and learning process in the schools as well as impart relevant knowledge and skills to enable the younger ones learn trades and become productive members of the society.

FELLOW PRESS reports that 64 students comprising 40 males and 23 females graduated from the school.

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