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I also want to go to conventional school and become a teacher. Says 11-year-old

Nigeria - An 11-year-old Almajiri, Usman Ya’u, says his desire in life is to attend a conventional school like any other child, so that he can become a teacher.

Ya’u who is from Katsina state said on Friday, March 2, that his parents brought him to Kaduna to learn the Qura’n at an almajiri school in Hayin Dan Mani, NAN reports. NAIJ.com noted that the boy who spoke in Hausa said he likes the almajiri school but dislikes begging and would want to acquire western education so that one day he can teach in his village.

He said: “I don’t enjoy begging but had to do it out of necessity because that is the only way I can feed myself. “Whenever I am out to beg, I see children who are my mate, wearing uniforms, with school bags and their lunch boxes, some of them speaking English which I don’t understand. “I want to go to school too, so that I can learn how to write and speak English because I want to become a teacher in my village." When asked if he was aware of the child protection and welfare law passed in Kaduna State aimed at providing sound education, health and protect children from exploitation and other vices, Ya’u said he wasn’t aware of it. Ya'u said: “I am not aware of any law protecting us, as you can see there are many of my kind roaming the streets begging for alms. “However, I want to plead with the government to ensure the implementation of the law as it would favour me and others who have dream of becoming leaders of tomorrow.”

It was reported that the child protection and welfare bill was passed into law on February 8, by the Kaduna state House of Assembly.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Kano state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said there were more than 3 million Almajiri children who were out of school and roaming the streets of Northern Nigeria. The governor, however, said that most of these homeless children were not Nigerians but they migrated from neighbouring countries like Niger, Chad and Northern Cameroon.

By Tunde Ososanya 
NAIJ.com
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