Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has on Wednesday inaugurated a 14-Member Committee for the reform of Tsangaya, popularly known as Almajiri System.
Inaugurating the committee in Maiduguri, Zulum said that transforming almajiri system was part of the state 25-year Development Plan.
Zulum said the committee was expected to develop an action plan with short, medium and long term strategies to assist government to put in place a policy formulation that would uplift the standard of almajiri system in the state.
Terms of reference of the committee include:
“To generate and provide information on existing Tsangaya in Borno.
“To collect a comprehensive data on Tsangaya enrollment in order to get the statistical figures of both teachers and children physically on ground in their different locations.
“To trace and identify the real status of Tsangaya situation for example leaving, feeding, clothing, and the economic and health conditions.
“To find out and deliver clear recommendation (s) to the government and non-governmental intervention and reforms that would effectively enforce against begging and abuse of Almajiris.
“To involve in sensitizinng and mobilizing other critical stakeholders to accept literacy curricula,” Zulum said.
Responding, Chairman of the committee, Khalifa-Aliyu Abdulfathi, thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in them and assured that they would not disappoint the government and people of Borno in discharging the assignment.
Members of the committee include Sheikh Sheikh Muhammad Mustapha, Sheikh Tijjani Umara, Prof. Abdu-Kareem Ishaq and Dr Abba Bashir.
Others are Prof. Yakubu Yunusa, Goni Kolo, Goni Lawan, Hassan Abdullahi, while the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Alhaji Ali kaka will serve as Secretary.