Children are the future of any society. Whatever jeopardizes the future of children endangers the future of the society. The authorities in Mali must strive and eradicate the problem of the street children and the madrassa school system that fuels, aids and abets it .
Unfortunately it is not just an Islamic problem. I agree that schools need to be carefully regulated to be sure they are fulfilling their responsibility to the community. As you say, an educated youth is the best hope for the future.
Alex is right of course: this is not just an Islamic problem. But the following got up and hit me: “And because the issue is connected with Islam, many people were slow and careful in condemning it for fear of being portrayed as a critic or enemy of Islam.” Religion is all too often a vehicle for the kind of excessive in-group loyalty that shuts out dissent and allows atrocities to go unnoticed, and unpunished.