BY EKWENUGO NONYE JULIET
Gombe State government has solicited partnership with National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) on the promotion of almajiri education in the State.
The State Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya stated this during a high level advocacy and sensitization meeting the the management of NBAIS in Kaduna.
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Education of Gombe state, Dr Abu Dahiru accompanied by the State Coordinator of Better Education Service Development for All (BESDA) Dr. Abubakar Baffa Ahmed and the Special Adviser to the governor on budget, planning and development Dr. Ishiyaku M. Mohammed expressed worries with the rate of out of school children in the state and region.
Also on the entourage were representatives of the Sheihk Dahiru Bauchi foundation, Shiehk Abubakar foundation and that of the alaramas.
The visit according to the governor is to seek for ways as to how best to improve Arabic and Quranic education in Gombe State particularly the tsangaya education, capacity building of teachers and also on out of school children.
“Our desire is for the Almajiri to pass through a school and be recognised, and we are sure NBAIS will give such opportunity for quality assurance, conduct exams and issue certificate that is attainable any where in Nigeria”.
Earlier on, the cordinator of BESDA said effort is being made to mop up out of school children and girl child and that the collaboration with NBAIS to get certified and also stop street begging of any kind.
Dr. Ahmed noted that out of school children also include girl child, we collaborate with NBAIS, after their memorialization of the Quran, they will be certified, so that they can move from basic to secondary education, he said.
“We have also sensitized all the Alarammas (their teachers) on both side of the education, they are also looking in the areas to stop street begging, so that we give it a sense of direction”.
Responding, the Acting Registrar of NBAIS, Professor Muhammad Shafiu Abdullahi expressed readiness of the board to collaborate with Gombe State in all areas possible, stressing that the State has contributed immensely to the board.