Projects

At Almajiri Child Rights Initiative,

our frameworks are built on sustainable advocacy and direct humanitarian intervention for the socioeconomic inclusion of Almajiri children. Our interventions are centered around the Almajiri Child Goals (ACGs), a framework designed to align our advocacy campaigns and direct services with the sustainable development goals: 

These goals are

  1. No poverty (1)
  2. Zero hunger (2)
  3. Good health and Well-being (3)
  4. Quality Education (4)
  5. Clean Water and Sanitation (6)
  6. Decent Work and Economic growth (8)
  7. Reduce Inequality (9)
  8. Peace Justice and Strong Institution (16)
  9. Partnerships for the Goals (17)

With our partners, we have successfully implemented and delivered direct interventions and advocacy projects around behavioral change, health, education, as well as providing immediate relief that cut across nutrition, clothing, personal hygiene, and WASH. Here are the key projects according to our 3-year strategy plan:

  1. 1. #SendAlmajiriToCLASS

    According to recent data, there are over 60 million out-of-school children in the globe. Moreover, with 18.5 million out-of-school children, Nigeria amounted to 31% of the world’s over 60 million out-of-school children. In northern Nigeria, over 10 million children are in traditional Almajiri schools without access to quality formal education.

    Via the #SendAlmajiriToCLASS, ACRI has campaigned and influenced partners, policymakers, and relevant stakeholders toward providing educational intervention to Almajiri children through the CLASS model. CLASS, which stands for Constituency Learning Almajiri School System, is designed to ensure greater shared accountability and responsibility between the parents, government, and community towards providing access to quality education to Almajiri children within their home communities.

    In 2021, ACRI, in partnership with the Polish Aid in Nigeria and the Kaduna state government, constructed and furnished one block of three classrooms at Kamfani village in Kaduna state. The facility is currently providing free primary education to over 300 children, including scores of Almajiri children repatriated to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    If you wish to partner with us towards achieving this goal, kindly reach out to us via: [email protected]

2. ALMACARE

Apart from being exposed to abuses, exploitation, and discrimination, one of the greatest threats to the lives of Almajiri children is vulnerability to health-related threats. During the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities tagged Almajiri children as a threat and the most vulnerable groups due to their irregular and uncontrollable migration and exposure. That prompted many state governments in Nigeria to repatriate the Almajiri children to their home communities to mitigate their vulnerability and curtail the spread of the pandemic. 

 

But that was a response to a life-threatening pandemic with no regard to other deadly parasitic infections that open defecation and poor personal and environmental hygiene have exposed the Almajiri children and their host communities.

 

ALMACARE is a health-focused framework we designed to tackle the socio-medical challenges of Almajiri children. We planned to ease the difficulty of accessing healthcare facilities and services due to social discrimination. In 2019, ALMCARE was piloted at Anguwan Rimi, Anguwan Rogo, and Alikazaure Primary Healthcare Centres, located in the Jos North community of Plateau state.

 

If you wish to partner with us towards achieving this goal, kindly reach out to us via: [email protected].

  1. 3. Almajiri Child Rights Day

Almajiri Child Rights Day is our flagship advocacy campaign program. It is an annual citizen-led advocacy and accountability campaign where bring together high-level critical stakeholders to deliberate and call on stakeholders for more actionable commitment towards the socioeconomic inclusion of Almajiri children. The day is celebrated on May 25th of every year.

If you wish to partner with us towards achieving this goal, kindly reach out to us via: [email protected].