A photo of young Almajiris feeding from the bare ground, after a minor accident in Gombe state, has gone viral.
In the picture shared by @MobilePunch on Twitter, the young children can be seen eating from the bare fall, and the food must have been spilled on the floor.
According to @MobilePunch, the Almajiris were yesterday feeding from the bare ground after a minor accident involving a tricycle and a food vendor at Liberty Junction, GRA, Gombe, Gombe State, yesterday.
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Almajiris feeding from the bare ground after a minor accident involving a tricycle and a food vendor at Liberty Junction, GRA, Gombe, Gombe State on Tuesday.
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According to Wikipedia, Almajiri is a system of Islamic education practiced in northern Nigeria. Almajiri is gotten from an Arabic word “Al-Muhajirun” which can be translated to mean a person who leaves his home in search of Islamic knowledge.
A report by the National Council for the Welfare of the Destitute (NCWD) approximated the number of current almajiri to 7 million. The system now lacks things like good teachers and basic amenities like proper clothing and shelter. Most of the almajiri do not graduate and are left with the option to do menial jobs.