THE Yobe office of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) says it has sensitised 2,400 Almajiris across the state on personal hygiene and distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to them in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The state Programme Officer, Mohammed Ibrahim, made this disclosure on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu.
He said the SDG had so far reached out to 2,400 Almajiris in 24 schools in some Local Governments Areas within the three zones of the state, as part of the response to COVID-19 pandemic.
“We sensitised them on personal hygiene and distributed PPE to them such as hand sanitisers, face masks, soap and wash-hand-basin among other items”.
Ibrahim said the decision to take the campaign against COVID-19 to Almajiri (Tsangaya) schools was informed by the neglect being suffered by the Almajiris in the implementation of various programmes.
He noted that the effort of Mai Mala Buni led administration of upgrading the Tsangaya schools and giving the Almajiris access to quality education was in line with that of the SDG.
“Gov. Buni’s position on Almijiri education system is very clear. He believes that Borno and Yobe states have been the hub of Quranic knowledge for centuries.
“Gov. Buni feels that Yobe cannot relocate Almajiris. Instead, he directed the State Universal Basic Education Board to develop a strategy for integrating the Tsangaya school into a formal learning system,” he said.
In their resction, Mallam Sani Salisu and Bukar Babagana, Almajiri school teachers in Damaturu, lauded the state SDG for the sensitisation and provision of PPE.
They also expressed optimism on the state government’s plans to integrate the Almajiris into the formal learning system, saying that would bring out the best in the Almajiris. (NAN)
– Jun. 10, 2020 @ 12:59 GMT |