The Kano State Commissioner for Education, Ya’u Abdullahi ’Yanshana, has said that the state recorded a gradual increase in enrolment of girl-children in schools between 2019 and 2020 as there are more girls than boys in the state’s schools.
He attributed this to the introduction of Girls Education Project 3 (GEP-3), targeting more girl children enrolment in schools in some selected local government areas across the three senatorial districts of the state.
’Yanshana who spoke on Monday at the official closure of the GEP-3 project in Kano said the rate of girl-child enrolment had grown from 1.9 million out of the 3.8 million in 2017/2018, to 2.1 million out of 3.9 million in 2019/2020.
He said, “The project, which is a product of a partnership between the state government, United Nation Children Emergency Funds (UNICEF) and Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, (FCDO) operated in the six local government areas of Nassarawa, Kano Municipal, Gwale, Ungogo, Sumaila and Dambatta.
“GEP-3 interventions cover 300 primary and 420 Islamiyyah schools respectively.
“According to the 2017/2018 Annual Schools Census (ASC), the enrolment of primary school pupils stood at 3,807,588, in which 1,978,884 were girls, while 2019/2020 ASC indicates 3,933,572, in which 2,050,309 were also girls, amplifying 96.5% increase of girls enrollment and retention in the state.
“This is indeed a tremendous achievement courtesy of UNICEF activities that will forever remain in our in terms of educational development,” the commissioner added.
In his goodwill message, the UNICEF Chief of the Kano Field office, Rahama Farrah, said despite the achievements recorded, there was still the need to invest more in education, especially girl-child education.