- City population:2,163,225
- City/Urban area:137
- Population Density:More than 500 inhabitants per km²
- GDP - country:USD$ 5639
- Average number of years of schooling:
Kano State, Nigeria
Transforming the state for livability and sustainable growth
Kano State aims to build a learning city, enhancing literacy and youth empowerment for a better and sustainable future.
Vision and Motivation
Kano State envisages providing high-quality and functional education for lifelong learning and self-reliance. There is a need for a prosperous society in which all citizens can realize their full potential in a secure and decent environment. Considering the dense population, plurality and multiculturalism of Nigeria’s most populous state, transforming Kano State into a knowledge-based, agriculturally-industrialized and commerce-friendly society with sustainable growth and appreciable living standards for all citizens is a core motivation for building a learning city.
Challenges and Goals
The state’s major educational challenges are:
- inadequate data quality for decision-making, policy development and planning;
- high drop-out rates at higher primary level and low transition rates to secondary and tertiary levels, especially for girls;
- inadequate school infrastructure, facilities and instructional materials;
- low teacher quality and poor learning outcomes; and
- school safety, child protection and security concerns as a result of a prevailing national security challenge.
Plan and Implementation
Kano State has identified and is working towards the following initiatives as part of its planning and implementation:
- youth empowerment
- free meals at school
- the provision of uniforms for pupils at primary schools and boarding primary schools
- foreign scholarships
- adult and non-formal education
- science, technical and vocational education and skills acquisition, among others.
Particular activities include:
Flexible learning spaces: A literate society and knowledge-driven economy enables its citizens to read, write and innovate. Kano State will attain higher literacy rates and qualitative education levels with a proper integration of science and technology into the education curricula via formal and non-formal education.
Children and youth education: A series of intervention plans will be implemented, including:
- expanding infrastructure in schools;
- integrating Islamiyya, Qur'anic and Tsangaya Education (IQTE);
- establishing more Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) centres;
- enrolling girls in primary and junior schools;
- training and re-training teachers;
- awarding scholarships, especially to science students;
- involving communities in school management; and
- implementing all-inclusive education policies.
An additional intervention is aimed at providing purposeful and improved secondary and tertiary education in line with the needs of Kano State’s economy and society.
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