• JOURNEYS TO  SCHOOL - KUUMIN JEJI, NIGERIA

    JOURNEYS TO SCHOOL - KUUMIN JEJI, NIGERIA

    Hardo Isa is a public Nomadic primary school for Fulani children, in the village of Kulumin Jeji, in Bauchi State, Nigeria. Fulani are nomadic pastoralists that move around Nigeria and neighboring countries to find water and food for their cows. The families face many challenges in sending their children to school. Most Fulani are illiterate but they and the government are increasingly realizing the importance of education. Staff shortages and language are challenges facing Hardo Isa Nomadic School. With merely one teacher and a headmaster for 178 boys, and 122 girls. They are all taught in one classroom with grades 1-6 mixed together. It is the only nomadic school for Fulani amongst a community of about 9,000 people. Both teachers are from the Hausa tribe in Northern Nigeria and therefore teach the children English in their Hausa dialect, the Fulani’s second language. Many enrolled students only attend school once a week as the journey can be a 5km walk on foot. This long journey, numerous household chores,

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 12 DECEMBER 2012: Hassai, Daso and Sa'ade at home before they begin their 1 hour 20 minute walk to Hardo Isa Nomadic Primary school. Most girls will only finish primary school and not further their education into secondary school, as it is common to marry between the ages of 14-16.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 13 DECEMBER 2012: Sa'ade participates in classes at Hardo Isa Primary school. Sa’ade has to walk about 5-6km to reach school. The trek takes over an hour. School starts at 8am, so she has to wake up at 5am in order to do her chores and then walk to school. The children do not have water close to the school so they become dehydrated and tired and therefore lack concentration while in class. Sa’ade mentioned she enjoys the learning however she only hears a little of what the teachers says due to tiredness from the long walk. She attends school about 3 days out of the 5 due to the challenge of getting there.

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    HARDO ISA

    NINGI, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 7 2012: Nomadic Fulani children complete their long daily walk home from school. It is difficult for Fulani children to receive education as herding responsibilities come first and the quality of education is poor. Children can walk up to an hour and a half to reach the school is 40 degree heat.

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 11 DECEMBER 2012: A girl plaits her siblings hair in between school and household and herding responsibilites.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 2012: Young men provide water for their cattle, the same source of water they use for drinking.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 12 DECEMBER 2012: Sa'ade and her cousins Hassai and Daso walk home from school. The journey takes up to 1 hour 20 minute each way. During dry season the weather can become very hot reaching temperatures of up to 40 degrees, so walking home at 12 in the middle of the day is extremely difficult.

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 5 DECEMBER 2012: Zule, one of the students in the school.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 13 DECEMBER 2012: Daso, Sa'ades cousin participates at Hardo Isa Primary.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 7 DECEMBER 2012: Mamud, a Fulani herdsmen and the security guard at the nomadic school.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA DECEMBER 2012: A student walks the daily hour and a half jouney to school.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 13 DECEMBER 2012: Sa'ade and her cousins attend Hardo Isa Nomadic Primary school. The journey takes 1 hour 20 minutes each way. Often they arrive late and the classes last for 3 hours.

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 14 DECEMBER 2012: Sa'ade applys makeup while getting ready for school.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 2012: A young boy returns home from school

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 8 DECEMBER 2012: A relative in the village fetches water. Water is scare in Northern NIgerian during dry season, and Fulani families can trek long distances to find water for them and their cows to drink.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 2012: A student from Hardo Isa nomadic school.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 12 DECEMBER 2012: Children walk home together from school. Some can walk up to 1 hour 30 minute to reach home.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 5 DECEMBER 2012: A man in the village takes the long trek to retrieve water from a dried up river bed.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 2012: Yakubu walks to school with friends.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 13 DECEMBER 2012: Yakubu Adamu, 7 years attends Hardo Isa Primary school for Nomadic children.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 11 DECEMBER 2012: Sa'ade's parents in their traditional Fulani hut.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 2012: The cheif, Hardo Isa who the school is named after, herds stock early in the morning.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 13 DECEMBER 2012: Sa'ade Adamu, 9 years attends Hardo Isa Primary school for Nomadic children.

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 2012: A small water hole is shared by people in the village with their cattle.

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 2012: Sa'ades family hut, the many bowls show a familys wealth.

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 2012: Sa'ades mother doing chores in their hut.

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 12 DECEMBER 2012: Children play on their way to school at Hardo Isa Nomadic Primary School. Children can walk for up to 1 hour 30 minutes to reach the school. Due to the long distances the children have to travel, they often arrive late so sometimes the school only runs between 9-12am.

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 2012: The headmaster Salihu Shuabu of Hardo Isa and the only teacher Abdul Abukbakar organise teaching resources in their office. There are limited teaching resources and most of the textbooks they do have are written in English.

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA DECEMBER 2012: A fulani mother helps with herding the cattle into thier camp in the evening.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 2012: Children play football in their run down school during morning break.

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    HARDO ISA

    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, DECEMBER 2012: Children at Hardo Isa nomadic school play during morning break.

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 5 DECEMBER 2012: Fulani children play a dancing game while on school break.

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    WARJI, BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA, 12 DECEMBER 2012: The village cheifs son, and also student at Hardo Isa Nomadic Primary School.

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