UBEC Empowers Northeast Almajiri Teachers With Modern Skills

The Universal Basic Education Commission has commenced the training of 100 Tsangaya teachers drawn from the six states making the Northeast subregion on Integrated Qur’an and Tsangaya Education. 

The training is expected to last for five days, according to UBEC. The training was designed to help accelerate the smooth implementation of the IQTE programme for the effective delivery of lessons to Almajiri pupils across the country.

Addressing the participants, the Executive Secretary Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi said within the short period of introducing the paradigm shift, 638 had their infrastructure improved and made over 760,000 pupils to be learning in a conducive environment.

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The Executive Secretary who was represented by Northeast zonal coordinator Abdullahi Jarma also commended the commitment of some state governments to their responsibilities by deploying basic education teachers into the Tsangaya centres.

He added that the commission organized the capacity building for both the basic education teachers as well as social mobilization officers with the purpose of equipping the newly engaged teachers on the pedagogy of teaching Arabic and Qur’an in IQTE schools.

Speaking, the national technical coordinator of the IQTE Program Prof Bashir Galadanci represented by Dr Mujtaba Ibrahim Yakubu said the program is aimed at improving the standard of Tsangaya schools across the country.

He added that integrating English language, mathematics and basic science subjects into Qur’anic schools as well as improving the hygiene of Almajiri pupils across the country had impacted positively on their lives and is a step toward eradicating street begging by Almajiri pupils.

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The Executive Chairman of Bauchi state Universal Basic Education Board Dr. Surumbai Dahiru Bauchi represented by Yusuf Zubairu appreciate UBEC for organising the training and assured the board of readiness to continue collaborating with UBEC in implementing government policies and programs in Bauchi state.

Dr Bobboyi assured me that the program will go a long way in broadening the knowledge of the participants as they will learn how to adopt special strategies in imparting knowledge to Almajiri pupils with their special peculiarities.

WikkiTimes recalls that the Federal Government constructed about 101 Almajir Model Schools across Northern States where the practice found roots. The idea was to integrate western education with Qur’anic education to allow children enrolled to acquire both knowledge.

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