THE METAPHOR OF ALMAJIRAI AND THE RIGHTS TO SECULAR EDUCATION IN NORTHERN NIGERIA

C. A.C CHUKWUNKA

Abstract


Education enhances the capabilities of an individual. Thus, those who are denied the rights to education face the possibilities of limited chances in the future. UNESCO for instance, argues that meaningful education is the key to advance social justice; as people who are marginalised in education face the prospect of bleak future chances. On that note, the enrollment of the almajirai boys in the Tsangaya schools of the Almajiri education system, otherwise call Tsangaya negates this UNESCO standard for proper
educational advancement. The most difficult problem in the reformation and integration of the Tsangaya system into the mainstream educational system is based on the age-long cultural belief that the western education is contradictory to the whole essence of Islamic belief. Some believed that a child with western belief will eventually lose his Islamic identity and embrace vices that negate the values and principles of Islam. The variables to the denial of secular education in the North, mystify Almajirai as social misfits, as commodity for both the terrorists and politicians. Yet no known study has analyzed information on the rights of secular education in far Northern Nigeria. This study, therefore examined the Metaphor of Almajirai and the Rights of Secular Education in the Far Northern Nigeria. The study is based on both primary as well as secondary data. The sample size was chosen based on multi-stage sampling method. Thirty households were systematically sampled from four Local Government Areas, which yielded a sample size of 120 households selected from the three states in Far Northern Nigeria. It was observed that the almajiri activity is closely associated to violent crimes such as terrorism and kidnapping. The study concluded that the government should provide secular education to replace Almajiri education in Northern Nigeria.

Keywords


Almajirai, Secular Education, Rights, Tsangaya

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