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The predicaments of Almajiris children of the street in Kano State Nigeria

Babajo, Habibu Hayatu (2018) The predicaments of Almajiris children of the street in Kano State Nigeria. PhD. thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

The Almajiris comprise teenagers of 14 to 17 years of age, majority of whom hailed from the dominant Hausa tribe in north-western Nigeria. This study examines the predicaments of the children of the street in northern Nigeria known as Almajiris. Majority of the Almajiris came from extremely poor families who do not have the means to support them. To bear with the hardships, the family would send them to Qura‟nic boarding school known as Tsangaya to survive on their own without provision of food and accommodation. Hence, the study aimed to explore the Almajiris state of social, economic and psychological distress in their strife to survive in isolation. The study employs a qualitative method using in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and observations as the main tool of inquiry. A total of 23 informants who are the significant stakeholders of Tsangaya Schools were consulted. These participants consist of the Almajiris, and those who are familiar with, or to some extent deal with the Almajiris, namely the parents of the Almajiris, teachers of the Qur‟anic schools, former Almajiris, people living with the Almajiris, and government officials. Data collected from the interviews and the focus group discussions were analyzed thematically using Nvivo software. The findings revealed that the Almajiris suffer the absence of parental care, malnutrition, hunger, destitution, lack of shelter and harsh treatment from the public. The study concludes that the government and the community should work together to improve the lives of the Almajiris. Towards that end, the study proposed a framework named “Tsangaya Framework” which suggests a team work from the community trustees and the government agencies to finance, regulate and execute an action plan capable of improving the well-being of the Almajiris.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD.)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Almajiris, Tsangaya school, Social, economic and psychological distress
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Awang Had Salleh Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Badrulsaman Hamid
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2019 06:55
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2019 06:55
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/7480

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