Kano Free Education : Communities Embark on Zero Out-of-School Project

Posted by:Abubakar Dundu

Moved by the policy pronouncement made by the governor of Kano state, on free and compulsory basic and secondary education, which would kick-start with a special summit coming up on 3rd September, some communities from Dala local government, embarked on a project named "Zero Out-of-School Project."

The project kick-starts tomorrow 31st August, as Data Collection Day, taking place in BAQIN RUWA general area. According to the President of Bakinruwa Students' Union (BASU), Isa Nasidi.

In a letter they wrote to the governor, intimating him about the new development, "...since when we heard what Kano state government started doing about basic and secondary education we made it obligatory upon us, to back the good policy."

According to the letter they stand up to amplify and perfect government's commitment towards bettering the life of children and women, adding that,  "We so much believe in your unrelenting commitment and faithful dedication in facing our problems head on."

The Data Collection Day, according to the letter, which they take as Phase 1, "...is a response to the earlier call made by the governor that, traditional and community leaders should help the government in taking correct and genuine inventory of the out-of-school children. As they are living in the area with such children."

They call on other communities to make it obligatory upon themselves, to assist  and compliment government's effort for the overall development of the state.

"It is our firm belief in governor Ganduje's genuine service delivery in all areas, particularly education sector, that makes us stand firm to also intervene in this area. After taking all the inventory, we are going for data analysis to know correct numbers of out-of-school children," says the letter.

It further explains that, reasons peculiar to all households would be looked at, to know how best to address them, insisting that, "...issues surrounding school uniforms, books and other learning materials might be some of the major reasons why parents are lackadaisical in sending their children to school."

The group assured their unflinching support to the policy of free and compulsory primary and secondary education in the state, affirming that, "we will also work hand in hand with our traditional institutions to see to the end of this out-of-school syndrome."

The group said they are still mindful of governor Ganduje's call to all and sundry for forming synergy against illiteracy, particularly among younger ones, stressing that, "Governor Ganduje is indeed a force to be reckoned with when it comes to knowledge advancement at all stages."

"We are assuring His Excellency, the governor that, after being through with our quarters, that is Bakinruwa, we are going to stretch to other quarters under Bakinruwa Ward of Dala local government. 

We then move to other Wards in the local government and liaise with our peers living there to replicate what we did. 

At the end of it all, we just want ease the major burden surrounding data collection and analysis for government's effective and efficient implementation of the policy. Simple," concludes the letter.

Abba Anwar
Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor