Almajiris students come from the poorest families
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School in northern Nigeria combines Western and Islamic education

The first batch of Almajiri schools, combining Muslim and western education, have opened in the Nigerian city of Sokoto.

Almajiris is the name given to street children - young boys, sent far from home, to attend private religious schools to master the Koran.

Officials hopes that this state-funded schools can help stop poor children from becoming possible recruits for Islamist militants.

Kate Peevor reports.

  • 25 Apr 2012
  • From the section Africa