PHOTONEWS: President Goodluck Jonathan Commissions "Almajiri School" In Sokoto

President Goodluck Jonathan today commissioned the first of a series of schools aimed at giving the northern Nigerian kids popularly known as "Almajiris" a chance of proper education.

The federal government plans to build 400 "Almajiri" schools across the 19 northern state of the Nigerian federation. 100 of the schools  will commence operation in June 2011.

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A POWERFUL BUT GREAT MOVE TO

A POWERFUL BUT GREAT MOVE TO ADRESSS NIGERIA'S BIG PROBLEMS

I think uz the one to correct

I think uz the one to correct ur spelling of administrative block pal. The almajiris actually spelt it right. Urs is definitely

ALMAJIRI

Please be informed that the almajiri problems is purely economic, its the economic prolems that produces social problems, what is needed is factory either meat or milk to engage them, they are not interested in school, they will soon run away. But if the school is to stay, please create bilateral agreement with Saudi Arabia and other Arab world since the religion eminated from them to set-up means of employment for us after leaving the school, at lease that is what JOHN HOLT did when introducing christiniaty and western education to Nigeria and west Africa.
JAAFARU KAMARA GOMBE

Excellent idea. This should

Excellent idea. This should have been done several years ago. Similar schools will be needed in the south eventually. We should admire the north for their commitment to their faith.

ABSURD

Why are they wearing back packs seated??? Something is definitely wrong here.

Schools for northern children?

When will Jonathan going to build schools for the children in the east and the west.In 20 years time they will still be in the cartigory of educationally disadvantage state as they have been in the past 30 years.What have the rulers in the north been doing with the money allocated for education in the past.I could remember in the early 90's it was recorded that the number of secondry schools in Isolo area of Lagos are more than those in the entire Kano State.I hope they will make use of this and not turn the schools to training school for young boko haram.

LANRAY, YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR 2015

"...is nothing but a waste of time and Jonathan needs to sit down in Abuja and initiate legislation that will herald increased political autonomy and fiscal federalism for the ethnic, political constituents of Nigeria."

UNFORTUNATELY GEJ DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO DELIVER WHAT YOU WANT. AS FAR AS HE IS CONCERNED HIS CUT ON ALL CONTRACTS IS REALLY WHAT GOVERNANCE IS ALL ABOUT. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU GUYS HAVE TO WAIT TIL 2015 BECAUSE IF YOU TRY TO ELIMINATE HIM SAMBO WILL BE PRESIDENT. JUST FIELD THE RIGHT CANDI, EVEN WE NORTHERNERS ARE TIRED OF NORTHERN RULE. NOW YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE ANGRY THAT WHEN IT CAME TIME TO TELL OUR NORTHERN TORMENTORS "SEE HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE", YOU PRODUCED AN EMASCULATED MORON WHO MAKES OUR COLLECTIVE TORMENTORS LOOK LIKE SAINTS AND VISIONARIES. NEVER THOUGHT ANYBODY CAN BE WORST THAN ABACHA. ABACHA KILLED BY DIABOLICAL INTENTION, WHILE GEJ KILLED BY MORONIC VACILLATION.

Almajarai

Another white elephant project and conduit pipe for peeling money made from taxes.. How will this project be sustained, post the Presidential launching? Who shall be responsible for providing white uniforms, sandals, and back packs, plus academic materials to these hopeful children? Why start a project which will not see the light of day?

Who advises the leadership of Nigeria? Skepticism trails this project...

Grow Up Guys.

This is a good start and the right way to start, given the enormous influence that Islamic education has on these children. The model is called Integration of alternative knowledge - juxtaposing the teaching of Quran alongside regular education. It happened in the East with the Bible before and after the Independence. Awo would have done the same thing. I have argued exactly for the same model on my blog long ago. The uniform they wear is immaterial, as long as they receive proper education along side Islamic education. It exposes them to more or alternative choices in life as they grow up.

Some of the best Teachers today in Private Schools in the East Coast of the US are Reverend Sisters of Ibo extraction. One of them taught my Son in Second Grade.

If we can give these children proper education via the Quran, so be it.

Enough of this Spoon Feeding

I'm afraid the school would not be turned to a bridle land for training future BH membership!!!!.

Who will monitor the curriculum and activities of the school and the profile of those to be engage to teach in the schools?

Why did the fed govt need to be involved? What are the responsibilities of the Sokoto State Govt and their thiefing local governments? Are there no miscreants in other States that need FG intervention?

Why is it difficult for other states especially in the north to borrow fashola's model or Amaechi model?

@ Adefoluke Adeyemi

Thank God you know that Allah is Arabic meaning of God. In your language Yoruba - Olorun, so what would you say of someone who believes in God and tries to rubbish Olorun? Imagine if you can. There are as many names of God in as many languages we have, so you should know the consequences whenever you blasphemy God just because you don't understand the name with which they call Him.

Setting an Agenda for Goodluck Jonathan.

240m Naira was spent (according to reports) on building this school and another 40-50 are being planned - placing the cost at over =N=10B for Sokoto alone. Should this be the focus of any central administration in 2012? No. Greater devolution and decentralisation of political administration is more like it.
Since virtually all the Northern States have embraced Shari'a as part of their penal code, this amongst other issues (like the increasing demand for fiscal federalism) should be the focus of any government at the center in Nigeria today.
This photo opportunity is nothing but a waste of time and Jonathan needs to sit down in Abuja and initiate legislation that will herald increased political autonomy and fiscal federalism for the ethnic, political constituents of Nigeria.

Mental Slavery

@Kantie Stone, I am greatly inspired that the black race still has rational and self critical men like you.The earlier the black man rediscovers his true identity, the better for his essence and future generation as anything short of this will render us perpetual slaves to these Arabs and caucasians.

Posing in front of the "ADIMINISTRATIVE" BLOCK

English spelling by Almajiri's for Almajiri's. Hope that these children will not be confused to assume membership BH!

SHAME ON THE NORTHERN LEADERS

How can you allow a non believer to touch slate on which verses of al-Quran was written on.

You know the consequences of those who gift a child Al-Quran without ablution.

Allah Ya sauwake.

Mmmm

Why can't these folks be schooled in a proper school? They can be taught IRK alongside other subject. Is that not what a Federal Government should be promoting? This Pakistan model will continue to breed wrong headed people.
The poor Northerners should be encouraged to integrate by sending their wards to conventional schools. The rich among them do send their wards to the best schools and GEJ is harrassed into putting a seal on this sham.
With all his self righteousness will SLS send his child to a school like this? Like Nomadic Education this too will fail

Where are the girls?

Is the school only for d boys? What about d almajiri girls? Hope they re not being sent to fattening rooms instead in preparation for early marriage?
The girl child should also be educated, please!

SSSM

the Almajiris............. So only when we pick up arms we get attention? wonder how many more groups will take advantage of these.... i heard something "Seminary $ Sundayskul Movement (S&SSM)"

Minister of education

Why didnt the Minister of education cover herself more!!. Shroud the whole lot including eye to show how lower you are to men.
It is despicable that little girls as young as 9 are made to cover their hairs. What do they understand about sextuality!!!!. Give me a break from this backward culture that has nothing to do with islam.

Not cheap in any way

Man this is a smart stunt that only devils with horns will not appreciate Even GEJs enemies should doff their hearts their wicked evil rulers should burry thier heads in shame Big Big Shame building castles of Gold silver and marble jacuzzi and electronic gates with flippant children so noisy all they talk about is Dubai gold and men from age ten Very irritating May god deliver us and surely H will when we call upon him

GEJ is having a laugh

@ Saad Ibrahim, I can see that you and other northern muslims are so excited in this GEJ's Almajiri initiative which is rather laughable. I am almost certain that Dr GEJ (PhD) is also having a laugh too, wondering, what species of humans are these? While most Niger delta militants are being sent overseas for skill acquisition, northern muslims would rather want almajiri schools. What is the major curriculum in these schools? Koranic recitation, this will end up impoverishing them the more, now I didn’t see girls (9 year olds) in those pictures, have you all taken them as wives just like prophet Muhammad and Yerima Sambo?
Northern muslims, much as we don't begrudge you in serving arabian god-allah and muhammad, but you should serve him with a sense of pride. Must you depend on oil money for all your basic needs, is allah not akbar enough to provide ordinary shelter for recitation and memorising of his koran? Haba,mutane arewa, ba ku de kunya ne?

After learning the Quran

After learning the Quran upside down with twisted knowledge of the its teachings, what next for the Alhmajiri's "graduates"? They will start where the Boko Haram stop - killing other innocent citizens they consider as infidels!! No one has told me what these kids will learn at Alhmajiri school other than reciting the Quran and building hatred against other citizens - Nigeria is a secular state. GEJ is a pussy and will always be pushed around. Otherwise why would he consider Alhmajiri school a solution in a region where Boko haram considers western education a sin. who are the kids in the Almajiri's schools anyway - gov, ministers' kids? Please give me break!!

NIgerians please sit back and think

@ Sad Ibrahim, this almajiri initiative for your people in this jet age goes to show that indeed Islam is a liability to the world. How long will you continue to drag us back while waitin for Dan Fodiyo. Pls. You alamajiris should get a life.

ATEKPA AND OMOAHOLO

VERY FUNNY, THANKS FOR THE LIGHTER MODE.

I'D HOWEVER CORRECT OMOAHOLO IN THE SUBJECTS TO BE TAUGHT. THERE IS QURAN 101, THEN IDENTIFYING SWEET CRUDE 101, IJAWMAN IN HIS HABITAT 101, THE MANY TRIBES OF THE NIGERDELTA 201, MAINTAINING OIL-BLOCKS 201,ALLIANCE IN DIVERSITY 101, ROBERT GREENE'S "48 LAWS OF POWER", NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI'S "THE PRINCE" AND FINALLY MASTERING THE HEGELIAN DIALECTIC.

This boys are future

This boys are future revolutionarist.
bw warned Mr. Presisent.

VERY GOOD LONG TERM MOVE, FOLLOW UP WITH IMMEDIATE STEPS

A VERY GOOD MOVE FROM THE PRESIDENT, PROBABLY HIS BEST SINCE HINTING ON GOVT WITHDRAWAL FROM HIGHER EDUCATION. BUT THESE STEPS WILL, ACCORDING TO AWOLOWO BEAR FRUIT ONLY AFTER 20 YEARS. THE PRESIDENT MUST FOLLOW UP WITH THE IMMEDIATE STEPS OF NEGOTIATING WITH THE BOKO HARAM AND A TOUGH STANCE ON CORRUPTION. HE MIGHT HSTART BY DECLARING HIS ASSETS AS AT THE TIME HE ASSUMED THE PRESIDENCY AS AN ACTING PRESIDENT.

Pitiable Rubbish

GEJ you are just wasting time and resources,you have only enriched the Northern thieves(Elites),the money will be stolen the poor boys will be groomed to be terrorist.The Northerners have to be sincere with themselves and stop playing useless politics that destroy their people,the people should their so called leaders accountable and stop disturbing the rest of the country

Fake Event

Boli atepa May your life continue to be boli atepa You are the type of people who never see good in anything .Even if the poor children put the back pads on THIER heads at least we should be glad that the education vote is useful somewhere kudus my president fire on and God bless u and the hon min Rufai excellent job but careful don't islamise everything because u Muslims have a mission and we fear u all

Exercise in Futility

The majority of BH leaders have university degrees. The government is pouring water into baskets.

Re: What Courses to be Learnt

I am a christian but I am totally disappointing at the writer who wrote all sort of derogatory things about the courses to be taught in that school. That is simply insulting. All I advice is that the government should be careful and not allow the project to be hijacked by evil politicians and elites so that we do not end up with the wrong result.