Nigeria: Islamic Bank Signs $98m For Almajiri Education

The Federal Government and Islamic Development Bank, IDB, has signed $98 million bilingual education deal for the Almajiris in the country.

This was disclosed yesterday by the President of the Islamic Development Bank Group, Dr. Ahmad Al-Madani.

The bilingual agreement was signed during the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of a two-day workshop of IDB-Nigeria Business Forum in Abuja.

According to IDB President, Dr. Ahmad Al-Madani, the $98 million support was to assist the nation bridge the gap between formal and informal education for the Almajari in the country.

“I am happy to inform you that the Board of Executive Directors of the Bank has recently approved US$98 million to implement the Bilingual education programme in Nigeria.”

”The IDB Bilingual education programme will support government policy to integrate and modernise Almajari and Tsangaya schools,” said Al-Madani.

According to him, “It is to promote unity, cohesion, encourage peace and harmony, mutual respect and cultural tolerance and understanding, with a positive impact on Millennium Development Goal education goals, and inclusive and value based education.

“It will get the Almajaris out of the street and give them an equal opportunity to compete for jobs and earn a decent living.

Also speaking on the development, Nigeria’s Vice-President Namadi Sambo, noted that the country had to reach out to institutions that could assist it achieve its transformation agenda.

He said: “Permit me to say that in our quest for development, it has become imperative to spread our reach, collaborate and strategise with development partners around the world.

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