Discussing #Almajiranci education in Nigeria: my ten (eleven) takeaway points

Source: @AlmajiriLife

The issue of #Almajiranci education system in Nigeria has many historical tensions around it from both sides of the divide, that is, those in support of it or those against the system. On a personal level, there are three main issues that I have come to understand about the issue are: 

  1. #Almajiranci is a system of delivering education, albeit Islamic education.   
  2. Many people muddle up theknowledge of education philosophies and methodologieswith religious practice and beliefs.  
  3. There is a lack of understanding, knowledge and experience of alternative education provision and practice within the Nigerian mainstream education system. 

Personally, I do not have experience of the #Almajiranci system (Almajiri) but what I do understand about it is that it has serious socioeconomic issues around it in the present-day Nigeria, and historically it is a methodology of providing Islamic education to male Muslim children and young adults.  

I have avoided writing about the system in the past based on my little knowledge of how the system functions. However, when the opportunity arose for me to learn from an expert – Dr Hadiza Kere – on the system, I accepted to seize it.  

For an introduction into the subject, you can check these links: 

From the Twitter chat on ‘#Almajiranci in Nigeria: Issues and Recommendations’, these are the ten, sorry – eleven, key points I took away:  

#Almajiranci is a system of education and socialisation: 

 Major stakeholders in the system are: 

  •  Parents: 

  •  The religious scholars, Malamai: 

  •  Communities:  

  •  The students:

  •  Government: 

There are underlying social issues that should be addressed: 

Legislation is needed to regulate the system: 

Security is an issue: 

 Advocacy is important: 

The Nigerian education system needs a system of integrating Qur’anic Schooling into its mainstream education system: 

Reforming the system is key: 

The list is inexhaustible, but I have picked the ten (eleven) points above based on their recurring themes during the discussion. I have also tried to make the voices as diverse as possible. 

Please let me know other point/s you think I should have added by leaving commenting in the comment section below. 

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