Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said the state government is aiming for the reshaping of the Quranic education system and not prohibiting it.
Tambuwal said this on Saturday at the close of a two-day workshop for the adaptation of the Indonesian Pondok system into the state’s Almajiri-Islamiyya education system.
He expressed the government’s determination to ensure that the initiative is implemented to the letter, stressing that any recognizable success of the system will upgrade and improve the state education system.
He said, “We are not aiming to ban Almajiri’s Quranic education system, as some people have urged the Sokoto state government to emulate other states.
“We strive to provide reasonable solutions to the challenges and with the current initiative, the time is right.”
Tambuwal ensured the full implementation of the suggestions made by the resource persons and the design of a program that would surely be a solution to educational challenges, in particular by bridging the gap of out-of-school children.
In his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, urged the federal government and its agencies, including the Commission for Universal Basic Education, to consider funding the Quranic education system in Almajiri. .
Abubakar noted that when implementation of the initiative begins, the number of out-of-school children will decrease and reduce those who roam the streets.
The Sultan urged other states to emulate Sokoto State on the initiative, in recognition of its importance and fit with the Nigerian education system.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s special advisor on national social investment programs, Maryam Uwais, welcomed the initiative as it is part of the president’s efforts to reduce poverty and empower Nigerians.
Uwais said: “The large number of marginalized young people and children, who have no education, who have dropped out of school and who have no skills, have contributed to the dismal results of the security problems.
“The challenges also include women facing cases of gender-based violence, as well as cases of early marriage due to lack of education, which reduces opportunities. “
She noted that the Pandok system focuses on character development and the socio-economic challenges children face, as well as improving education levels which are all aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Uwais added that his office strives to empower between 30 and 50 young people in all local government boards, to supervise and monitor others on valuable skills to be learned, through various initiatives.
Earlier, the executive director of the Council for Arab and Islamic Education of Sokoto State, Alhaji Umar Altine, said on the basis of the study conducted that the Pandok education system in Indonesia is owned and operated by individuals or of communities, regulated and assisted by the Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs. business.
Altine said the main sources of sustainability were endowments (Waqf) and elders, noting that based on the council’s advocacy and outreach, six Koranic schools have adopted the model.
In her presentation, UNICEF Education Specialist, Sokoto Field Office, Dr Safiyya Tahir, said as many as 1.2 million children were out of school in Sokoto State. , noting that early childhood development centers were mostly owned by private schools, with only a small percentage owned by public schools.
Tahir said the Pandok system would be relevant to the culture of the Sokoto people as they shared similarities with Indonesians as many families prepared their children for enrollment in religious schools from an early age.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that several resource people made presentations on the occasion, including Dr Bala Muhammad of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, and Prof. Abdullahi Sule-Kano of the Department of Science. policy, BUK.
Others were: Professor Maryam Koko of the Center for Entrepreneurship Development, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto; Prof. Suleiman Khalil, Department of Sociology at UDUS; Professor Bashir Galadanci; and Professor Muhammad Junaid.