A student non-governmental organization, Nigerian Tulip International College, Yobe Ex-students Association, ABU Zaria chapter have reached out to Almajiri School in Tudun Wada Zaria, Kaduna State.
The outreach at the Islamic school, the first of its kind in seven decades, reached over 70 Almajiris, providing them with clothing, soap, detergents and shoes to help them curtail some challenges through their studies.
The President of the association, Suleiman Haruna Saleh, during the outreach, commended the effort of the school teachers and called the attention of the students toward some vital points. “I commend the effort of all the school teachers for your tremendous effort in the educational and moral upbringing of the students. It is not an easy-going task dealing with children of this age.
“Moreover, the students, it is not easy but you have to demonstrate what this education you are acquiring means to you. Study hard with a good intention and start thinking of ways to help your society at whatever level you find yourselves.”
He further advised parents, government and society to be supportive and show sympathy for the Almajiris, adding that this would solve the irregularities involved in the educational system.
Speaking to journalists about the vision and mission of the students association, Haruna made it clear that the association was established in the year 2014 by the graduates of Nigerian Tulip Int’l College Yobe who are studying at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The body aims to give back supportive hand to society through any means possible.
The Almajiris and one of their teachers, Malam Atiku showed great appreciation and happiness over the effort of the association. He stated that this is the first time a non-governmental association reached out to them since the establishment of the school over 70 years ago.
Atiku further added that if other privileged university students could curtail this demonstration of pity towards the less privileged, society won’t be in the mess it is today. He encouraged the association to hold on to this act of humanitarianism, adding that God would reward them.
The mallam further called the attention of the government towards supporting the Almajiri system as most of the 800 students in their custody are not only there to receive education but to have a roof over their heads as some have lost their parents and even their homes due to the insurgencies.
Suleiman is a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State.