UNIFIED NIGERIAN YOUTH FORUM
CLOTHE 2MIILON ALMAJIRIS PROJECT
Clothing for Vagrant Scholars
Islamic education is as old as the religion of Islam. There are different types of concepts for the establishment and running of these educational institutions. A form of this education very common in Nigeria especially the Northern parts is Almajiri system called by many names such as Makarantan Allo, Tsangaya, Madrasa, Islamiyya, Ile Kewu, Ma’had etc.
The exact term referring to almajiri in English does not exist Almajiri is a Hausa word borrowed from Arabic “ALMUHAJIR” meaning Vagrant scholar could be used to refer to Almajiri But these words vagrant & scholar are mutually exclusive and are in fact contradictory. Vagrant is a person who has no home or job and begs on the street. Scholar in this case is a student who has been given scholarship to study at a school
This group of children constitutes the largest group of out of school youth in Nigeria with a figure of 14,523,699 according to the survey by the Ministerial Committee on Madrasah. This group has no feasible structure for clothing or welfare on the ground as efforts to include them have only been made on paper. It is noteworthy that Nigeria is a signatory to the United Nations convention on the right of the child as well as AFRICAN UNION charter on the rights and responsibilities of the African child.
In a study carried out in Sokoto it was found out that most of the Almajiri are brought to Qur’anic schools in a state of poor nutrition and in a state of near nakedness. In a another study, it has been found out that because of the state of neglect by the society, this Almajiris are constantly ready tools in the hands of mischief makers and terrorist cells who take advantage of their disadvantageous situations.
With the level of attention paid to this segment of population by the government which is to say the least inadequate, the onus to confront this problem now lies in the hands of NGOs, CBOs and well meaning individuals to take the basic needs of these youths as a priority problem.
The vagrant scholars suffer a tremendous negative effect regarding welfare and social well being. The implementation of this project will go a long way in addressing this issue.
THE CLOTHE 2MILLION ALMAJIRIS project is designed to relate the sufferings of the set of Nigerian youths to the society through providing clothing which are basic needs of these people. It will also help build these people into civilized citizens. Another aspect is to further understand the many other needs of youths among them who are ready to and seek western education or learn trades which will go a long way in helping them live a life devoid of crime. THE CLOTHE 2MILLION ALMAJIRI PROJECT shall be carried out in model Madrasa/Tsangaya schools where the young Almajiris study.
The Almajiris are a significant proportion of the young people in Nigeria numbering over 14,000,000. This makes them stakeholders in the Nigerian project. However due to neglect both on the part of the government and the governed, they constitute the most impoverished group of people in this country.
Studies on the social seeking behavior of the Almajiris show that over 90% of them do not have access to basic human. While solving this issue wholly may take an enormous political will supported by generous allocation of financial and other resources as well as a massive public enlightenment and community participation in order to end the ills associated with the system, any move no matter how small may yet transform into a catalyst for change.
The key elements of this program shall be;
- Distributing clothes and shoes to at least 2million Almajris,
- Relating exclusively with them to identify other issues which might be tantamount to their existence through the malams or senior Almajir who will also act as a focal person on the project
- Provision of appropriate channels for special cases of western education or learning a trade
The first phase of this project is scheduled to start by January 2012 and lapse by March 2012 where the target would be an average of 100 Almajiris per Madrasa.
This is to be done in cooperation of the traditional rulers, religious leaders, volunteers from Nigerian Youth Forum and other like-minded youth organizations in the country and also community leaders resident in the areas of project implementation.
This project which is estimated to cost about zero Naira will help in making the young vagrant scholars have basic needs while they pursue their education.
Thank you very much.
- To provide used clothing for vagrant scholars.
- To provide clothing and basic interaction with the Almajiris.
- To build capacity of a focal person in the Madrasa into impacting the understanding into the Almajiris that the society cares about them
- To facilitate help for Almajirs who intend to further via western education or learn a trade as the case might be.
|1||Campaign to members of the public to provide used clothes through the use of social media and other public platforms
Setting up of coalition points in major cities across the country so that the volunteer members of society can donate used clothes for the project
Courtesy calls to Traditional Leaders
Courtesy calls to the Ulamas.
Delivery of introduction letters to Mallams of selected madrasahs.
|2||Delivery of used clothing to the selected madrasahs and social interaction with the Almajiris at their different madrasahs||Implementation|
|3||Documentations, Evaluation, Reports,||Monitoring and Evaluation.|
|1||Month One: call to general public for donations for used clothing through the use of social media (twitter, facebook , etc) and also print media||NYF|
|2||Month Two and three: clothing 2million almajiris starts.||NYF , Focal persons|
The target participants are Almajiris in the selected Madrasahs
|NYF||Program Coordinator/Head Facilitator|
|5||Dada Olusegun||UNYF||Deputy Program Coordinator|
|6||UNYF||Program Officer I|
|7||UNYF||Program Officer II|
To be decided later
This project shall be implemented with the support of traditional leaders, religious leaders, international organizations, NGOs, philanthropic individuals, well meaning Nigerians and other resource persons resident in the area of the selected Madrasahs
The UNYF intends to make this a yearly event as this will go a long way in restructuring the orientation of the almajiris towards the society.