Dr Muhammad Abdulkadir, Dean, School of Islamic Studies, College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Misau, Bauchi State, on Friday, suggested an inclusion of entrepreneurship skills into the Almajiri school system in the country.
Abdulkadir gave the suggestion on Friday during a multi-stakeholders meeting organised by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) on how to map out holistic approach driven by sound policy framework to address the challenges bedevilling the Almajiri system in Northern Nigeria.
According to him, the Almajiri education system needs to be reoriented to impact a repertoire of life skills entrepreneurship.
“The Almajiri Entrepreneurship development, when adopted, will impart entrepreneurship training and skill acquisition among street urchins’ minds with the purpose of changing their mind sets from begging to self dependence,” he said.
He further stressed that, “Structured entrepreneurial training will equip Almajiri children with the necessary skills and mindset to identify and launch new ventures, which will create a pool of trained artisans contributing in national development.”
He further explained that inclusion of entrepreneurship skills in the Almajiri system of education would surely prepare them for life saving skills and an opportunity to work in a rapidly changing economy.
Earlier, Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC), Alhaji Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, urged stakeholders to explore ways on how to improve the Almajiri education system with a view to giving the Almajiri child an opportunity to be self-reliant.
He said the Almajiri system requires a collective effort of governments at all levels and other key stakeholders, including traditional and religious institutions.
Rafsanjani, who was represented by Mr Murtala Muhammad, the Manager Health and Human Development of CISLAC, said he hopes the meeting would proffer solutions to the Almajiri system in the north.