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UNICEF distributes learning aids to Almajiris in Kaduna

The United Nations Children Fund has distributed learning materials and cash to over 2600 Almajiri Chikdren in Kaduna.

UNICEF is doing this in collaboration with the Kaduna State Government and other relevant partners.

The Deputy Governor of the State, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe who flagged off the disbursement in Kaduna said the children would be given N5,000 at first which will be increased to N10,000 to ensure they remain enrolled in school.

The Deputy Governor explained that the state government is planning to improve the living standard of parents across the state to enable them cater for the needs of their children.

”We are hoping to empower as many citizens as possible with means of generating incomes to support their families. If families can be taken care of, the number of street children will reduce”

“The government also took steps to address the distortions in the Almajirci/Tsangaya system and ensure that no child is left behind in enjoying the right to Education”, he said.

Represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff in her office, Mr James Kanyip, Balrabe appreciated all the stakeholders and promised to always do all it takes to improve the welfare of children in the state.

The State Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Mohammed Baba said the purpose of intervention is to support the re-integration of the children to their communities.

The UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, Dr. Wilfred Mamah noted that the partnership with Kaduna State, through the State’s Ministry of Human Services, recorded the highest number of successful re-unifications of Almajiri children in the country.

Reporting by Aminu Dalhatu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade & Annabel Nwachukwu