Determined to ensure full integration of Qur’anic and western education, Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa on Thursday laid the foundation of building a Tsangaya mega School under the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme saying that 11 such mega Tsangaya schools will be established across the state.
While laying the foundation of the Almajiri MEGA school at Tsangayar Goni Sani (popularly refer to aa Universitin Almajirai) which is one of the largest Tsangaya Schools in West Africa, Inuwa Yahaya reiterated the commitment of his administration to the transformation of Tsangaya education in the State in order to reduce the wandering of Almajiri on the street.
Immediately after laying the foundation ceremony of the Tsangaya school, the Governor held an interactive session with traditional Qur’anic School Teachers in Gombe State with the theme : ‘Towards transforming Tsangaya system to the needs of the 21st century.
The Governor said the aim of the interactive session was to equip the Tsangaya teachers to improve their skills in order to meet the needs of Qur’anic teaching in the 21st century as part of the effort to transform the system.
Inuwa Yahaya also reiterated the commitment of his administration to transforming the education sector in the state and commended the successes recorded under BESDA programme in the state.
He said that, “under the BESDA programme, 676 learning centres for boys and girls pupils were established, 170,000 pupils and girl-child enrolled in the centres and 1600 NCE teachers were employed to teach western education in the state and 15,000 tsangaya School proprietors received allowances and government is working to improve the allowances of the Alarammas”.
He commended traditional Qur’anic School owners for their support of the programme and said that many Islamic countries came with policies that ease the learning process in tsangaya schools as their students learn both western and Islamic Education.
He further said that, “we should focus and takes what is good that concerns us and leave what is not good that doesn’t concern us. We value and cherish traditional tsangaya education as the oldest but because of modernisation, we have to do our best to improve them to attain the highest standard”.
The Governor also said that in the new schools, the pupils and students apart from learning Quranic memorization, introduced the teaching of English and Arithmetic to learn western education.
He recalled that “UNICEF said we have 550, 000 out of school children, but I said their number is highest than that because there are areas they didn’t visit even in that areas we have many out of school children that they didn’t count”.
He however called on traditional community and religious leaders, parents, pupils and the society in order to succeed.
Mrs Amina Buba Haruna, Coordinator of BESDA at the Federal Ministry of Education, commended the Gombe State government for transforming the almajiri system by giving the. Almajiri special recognition and change their status through BESDA programmers.
She said that, “Almajiri are our children they are our children we need to support them interact with them and help them to get more brighter future”.
Guest Speaker at the occasion, Professor Bashir Galadanchi urged Tsangaya school owners to continue to embrace government policies and programmes aimed at developing the skills and capacity of their pupils towards improvement of standard of living.
Professor Bashir advised Qur’anic teachers and pupils to learn the skills they need to succeed in tomorrow’s competitive world by rethinking yesterday’s teaching practices urging the government and the society to support Quranic schools to enable them excel in today’s society, even as he urged the government to provide social amenities to its citizenry.
Gombe State Project Coordinator of BESDA, Dr Abdullahi Bappah Ahmed Garkuwa commended Governor Muhammed Inuwa Yahaya for his support towards the development of education in the state.
Dr Garkuwa advised participants to cooperate more with laudable programmes of BESDA to improve the education of their children.
He stressed the importance of seeking for Quranic education and urged the Tsangaya school proprietors to embrace all educational programmes that come for the development of society.
He said that western education introduced in schools under BESDA programmes are aimed at providing technical and skilled knowledge that will improve the living standard of the society.
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