Nasarawa targets Almajiris in new basic education scheme
The Nasarawa State Government says plans are underway towards the establishment of a scheme that will provide basic education to Almajiris across the three senatorial zones of the state.
The scheme, which will be facilitated through the state’s Bilingual Education Project, is aimed at expanding education access to the increasing number of Almajiri children in the state.
The project manager, Bilingual Education Project, Nasarawa State, Hajia Zainab Magaji, made this known on Friday in Lafia.
She said the state government requested for funding of the Bilingual Education Programme through the Federal Government of Nigeria to Islamic Development Bank.
Zainab stated that having satisfied the necessary conditions and terms of reference, that included provision of land, among others, the Islamic Development Bank approved and signed the financing of the Bilingual Education Programme about two years ago.
According to her, the initiative is strategically aimed at taking the Almajiris away from the streets and integrates them into the education system, thereby equipping them with the ability to speak, write, and interpret Arabic and English Languages.
“This will also go a long way to improve the socio- economic condition of the country through an enhanced provision of quality basic education which will increase employment opportunities,” she said.
The project manager added that the scheme was designed to be accomplished within four years and involve establishment of three boarding schools in each zone, adding that the state government will work hard to always ensure counterpart funding is available.