Indications emerged yesterday that over 809, 319 Almajiris in the South West geopolitical zone are to benefit from the education programme recently introduced by the Federal Government.
Inaugurating a nine-member implementation committee, which will oversee the Almajiri education in Ekiti State, Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Modupe Adelabu said the Almajiris constituted largest group of out-of school children in the country numbering over 9.5million.
Mrs. Adelabu explained that the programme was initiated by the Federal Government to take them off the street, to acquire both quranic and formal education in a more conducive environment.
The SUBEB boss who also said the programme was designed to make Nigerian children to have access to quality education, urged the committee headed by a former Commissioner for Women in the state, Mrs. Monisola Badmus to cooperate with the government to ensure the success of the programme.
She added, “The Almajirai are itinerant quranic children who are always under the supervision of quranic school teachers who may be too poor to provide for their basic needs.