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UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund
This briefing paper focuses on children in the Sahelian countries, who are enrolled in Qur’anic schools and beg as part of this education. In this region, Islamic education predates colonization and the establishment of mission and secular state schools. Ideologies about religion, politics and education have shaped how Qur’anic schools have transformed and proliferated over time and have resulted in an enormous variety of schools today.