Nigerian Senate Wants Almajiri Absorbed Into Formal Education

The Almajiri is a system of Islamic education practised in northern Nigeria, where children are sent by their parents to live with and study Quranic education with a teacher. It has been found that children within this religious schooling system end up as beggars on the streets of  Nigerian cities and towns, and that their parents are none-the-wiser to their plight. With the onset of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the childrens' wellbeing has come to the attention of authorities who have controversially "repatriated" thousands of children back to  their homes, for fear that they would contract, or spread the virus. Now the Senate is calling for the Almajiri religious education system to be incorporated into the mainstream state education system. 

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