Islamic Education Trust (IET), in collaboration with Nurul Islam and Aminu Musa Abdulsalam Foundation (AMA) have launched the pilot phase of a vocational training, tagged, Ajami Vocational Training Programme for fifty almajiris in Niger state over the weekend.
In a statement by the Communications Officer of the IET, Suleiman Muhammad Murkthar over the weekend, said the aim of the project is to develop a culturally and religiously sensitive educational programme that rapidly enhance the potential and capacity of Al-Majiri youth for vocational career.
He said that the move was a joint effort to ensure sustainable solutions in the lives of almajiri children in Northern Nigeria.
He also noted that the aim of the training wad to enhance the almajiris’ educational resources, strengthening the literacy, numeracy and basic arithmetic level, as well as improving and enhancing their ability to recite Qur’an properly.
He added that the vocational training would avail the almajiris with the opportunity to have career guidance and counselling through exposure to diverse vocational guilds.
Murkthar also explained that the pilot phase of the project would target 50 almajari youths in Minna, the Niger state capital, who are between the ages of 15-25.
The students, according to him, would be selected from 9 almajari schools, adding that they would be taught the skills over the weekends for the period of four months.
“According to Nasir Jibril, the project coordinator, he says it is the hope of the IET, Nurul Islam and AMA Foundation that this can transcend into a movement that can be replicated across the other northern states in Nigeria which will in turn help reduce and curb the AlMajiri menace that has bedeviled the region.
” He further adds that the coalition intends to scale up the project to target women later in the future in a more culturally appropriate manner,” he said in the statement.