Deported Almajiri Children Reunite With Their Families In Kaduna

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s North-Central region.

The Almajiri children who were recently deported from Kano, Gombe, and the Plateau States have reunited with their families in Kaduna State.

The children numbering about 210 tested negative to COVID-19 after being quarantined for 14 days.

Kaduna state government says the children will be returned to school where they will continue their education in their localities.

Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development Hafsat Baba reiterated the commitment of the state government to ensuring that the children continue with their education.

He said that since the current Tsangaya system will be abolished, the children will continue with their Qur’anic studies in line with western education.

The Almajiri is a system of Islamic education practised in northern Nigeria, where children are sent by their parents to live with an Islamic teacher and study Quranic education.

However, it is alleged that the children are reduced to a life of begging on the streets to survive.

Kaduna is one of the states with over 90 confirmed cases of COVID-19 pandemic with three deaths recorded.

Over 30,000 Almajiri children were deported to their respective states, while 689 were received from Kano, Gombe and Plateau States.

So far, 65 of those deported to Kaduna State tested positive for the virus and are currently undergoing treatment at the state isolation and treatment center.

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