This study was intended to provide guidance to USAID on the scale of religious school participation in Bauchi and Sokoto and on opportunities for integrating formal secular subjects into these schools. The consultants collected information on the following areas:
-Definitions of religious schooling types, including itinerant religious schools
-Numbers of religious schools by typology and enrollment (by gender)
-Federal and state policies on integration of Qur’anic schools
-Ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) involved in providing support to schools and type of support offered
-For those schools that are already integrated, information on the curriculum offered, the number of eachers/facilitators by qualification, and additional
subsidies received by the institution (infrastructure, materials, student welfare
The study focused on Bauchi and Sokoto states, although relevant experience from other northern states, specifically Jigawa, Kaduna, and Kano, was captured as part of the background context or for comparing policy responses. This research activity was coordinated in close collaboration with the RARA Chief of Party and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer, based in Abuja; the Research Program Coordinators based in Bauchi and Sokoto; Nigerian counterparts; and RTI technical advisors based in the US.