Kano State Government has enrolled over 600,000 Out-of-School children into the formal school system this 2019/2020 academic year.
Director planning, Research and statistics ,Kano state Quranic and islammiya school Management board Alhaji Muhammad Ibn-Alhassan, stated during the UNICEF 2020 End Year Review and 2021/2022 Annual Work Planning in Kano.
Alhaji Muhammad Ibn-Alhassan said the number was part of the targeted 1.3 million Out-of-School children to be enrolled in the year under review.
He explained that the government had conducted a census of 13,696 non-integrated and integrated schools to develop a comprehensive baseline data of schools in the state.
According to him, some 840 teachers comprising of 495 males and 343 females are trained on early grade literacy and numeracy, to enhance teaching and learning process.
Alhaji Muhammad Ibn-Alhassan said 734 community leaders comprising 217 females were exposed to techniques towards addressing gender related issues and encourage community engagement in the management of schools.
The Director noted that kano state had disbursed N250,000 each to 300 primaries and 420 Integreted Qur’anic Schools.
“Management of the benefiting schools utilised the fund to provide uniform to pupils, water and toilet facilities and also encouraged enrollment and retention in school of the girl child,” he said.
In a remark, the UNICEF Chief Field Office in Kano, Mr Maulid Warfa expressed optimism that the organisation would win more ground in the enrollment of Out-of-School children in the state in the coming years.
During the meeting presentations were made by relevant stakeholders in health, nutrition, education, Water and Sanitation (WASH).