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Gombe Gov urges Tsangaya School proprietors to equip Almajiris towards societal development

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Gombe Gov urges Tsangaya School proprietors to equip Almajiris towards societal development

By Matthew Eloyi

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on the Tsangaya School proprietors to continue to embrace Government policies and programmes aimed at developing the skills and capacity of their Almajiris so that they can contribute meaningfully towards societal development.

The Governor said this in his address on the occasion of stakeholder engagement meeting convened by the Better Education and Service Delivery for All (BESDA) project held at the College of Nursing on Thursday.

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According to the Governor, the main objective of the stakeholders meeting is to equip and improve the capacity of the Alarammas to meet the teaching needs of the 21st century.

In his words, “We are here today to discuss better ways of improving the Tsangaya education system in our dear state. Many Muslim countries like Morocco, Sudan, Indonesia have done very well in upgrading the Tsangaya system and making it fit into the requirements of our time.

“The Tsangaya Education Program is one of the initiatives of the Federal Government to address the problems of out-of-school children with the objectives of providing access and equity to Basic Education for all school age children.

“Available data has revealed that the number of out of school children in Gombe State is alarming and the state of our educational infrastructure requires immediate attention.

“Our administration upon assuming office in 2019 immediately declared a state of emergency in the education sector and keyed into the World Bank-supported BESDA programme in order to bridge this gap in the State.

“BESDA has so far succeeded in mopping up over 150,000 almajiris in Gombe State through the establishment of about 676 non-formal learning centres across the State over the last two years. Similarly, we have so far constructed over 200 new classrooms and renovated over 400 others across several basic and post-basic schools. We have also just witnessed the laying foundation ceremony for a mega Tsangaya school at Gwani Sani Tsangaya.

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Insha’Allah we shall construct additional of such mega schools in each of our local governments over the next two years.

“The establishment of non-formal learning centres through BESDA in our Tsangaya schools is aimed at introducing modern education into the Tsangaya curriculum so that these children would benefit from both educational systems.

“I therefore wish to call on the Tsangaya School proprietors to continue to embrace Government policies and programmes aimed at developing the skills and capacity of their Almajiris so that they can contribute meaningfully towards societal development.”

Gov. Yahaya also commended the Ulamas for their contributions toward the propagation of Islam by establishing educational institutions and other outreach activities. This, according to him, has helped humanity tremendously.

He urged all the various stakeholders, traditional rulers as well as other public-spirited individuals in the society to support them in this noble course.

Gombe Gov urges Tsangaya School proprietors to equip Almajiris towards societal development

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