The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has called for the use of Islamic and Western Education to end the Almajiri syndrome in the Northern region of the country, which encourages street begging by children,
The Sultan spoke at the closing of a 2-day Workshop for the modernisation of the Almajiri-Nizamiyya Education system, in Sokoto State.
He said that the Sultanate Council and others must unite for the success of the Initiative, aimed at ending street begging in the State, and the entire Northern region.
He recalled that himself and many others are products of the traditional Almajiri system, but nothing linked their quest for Arabic and Islamic knowledge with street begging.
The Sultan stated: “Parents must be sensitised against allowing their children to resort to begging. We were not encouraged to beg in any guise, but to strictly seek knowledge.”
He added that all hands must be on deck to deepen the awareness, and sustain the call against the begging culture.
Appreciating the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government towards ensuring an egalitarian society, the Sultan called on the government to put more efforts toward sustaining adequate funding of education of Nigerians through the supporting efforts of State Governments and relevant Agencies.
He said: “Make funds available to States committed to the project initiative with vigour. Nothing works without funds. We are efficiently driving the objectives to curtail or mitigate the negative trend and consequences associated with the socio-moral ills on the society, as protection for the future of young ones. It is our duty to close ranks and salvage, as well as protect lives for the continued meaningful existence and survival of humanity, by providing the necessary instruments of development educationally.”
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