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In Nigeria’s Kano, Islamic schools provide affordable education

Religious schools reign in Nigeria's most populous state as many students can't afford private learning centres.

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Many students come from other parts of Nigeria to attend the religious schools [Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera]

Kano, Nigeria – It is a bright Thursday morning in Kano, Nigeria’s second most populous city and the economic nerve centre of the northern part of the West African country.

The streets are teeming with people dressed in colourful traditional clothes while tricycles compete for customers and space on the busy streets. A group of young boys zigzag through the street traffic with a cloth and a bottle of soapy water in hand, asking people on rickshaws and car drivers if they want their windows washed. But they are quickly ushered away.

Disappointed, the boys rush down a side street knocking on doors and asking anyone who opens if they have any work.

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