Building on research from Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) Fellow Dr Masooda Bano, 28 schools in Nigeria with nearly 1,000 pupils are offering part-time modern basic education incorporating traditional Islamic values.

Social science has been used to integrate secular and traditional Islamic education in northern Nigeria. PaCCS Fellow Dr Masooda Bano built on her research of Islamic madrasa education to design two interventions for the Islamic and Quranic school component, as part of a UK Aid support programme.

Her innovative approach combined analysis with dialogue and growing mutual trust, so suspicions of 'westernised' education are being reconsidered. Twenty-eight schools with nearly 1,000 pupils have been set up to offer part-time modern basic education to children from five local primary schools.