Kaduna government partners with UNICEF to integrate almajiri system into formal education

The Kaduna state government has said it will work with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to integrate hundreds of Almajiri children into the formal education system.

This was revealed by the Deputy Governor who spoke at the launch of cash disbursement to almajiri under the Children in Street Situation program, held at Yar’Adua Hall Murtala Square, Kaduna Friday.

She said the program will start with 2,674 almajiri who will each receive 5,000 naira as a cash transfer.

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She said the policy of free education for the first 12 years aims to expand access to education by removing barriers such as school fees and lack of food, noting that Kaduna State was grateful. to development partners and civil society organizations for complementing the effort to put all children in school, by designing a program that provides financial assistance to street children and their families.

“Donors are planning to increase the amount to N10,000 to ensure these children are enrolled and retained in schools,” she added.

Dr. Balarabe noted that the innovative intervention covers “financial inclusion through banking of beneficiaries, promotion of social inclusion through birth registration and digital identity and expansion of literacy through registration and the provision of ancillary materials and uniforms”.

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