Kano State, Nigeria

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 5639
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

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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Kano State


Mr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Contact Person

Mr Danlami Garba
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kano State, Nigeria
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