Acknowledgements

1This research would not have been possible without the kind support of the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) office in Kano. I want to thank especially Yardada Maikano for assisting me despite the early-morning hours. I also want to thank Tukur for our repeated trips to Ƙunchi; Yakasai for his tireless search for schools open to my research; Karel Chromy and “Mariachi” for their efforts to provide me with disposable cameras; Constanze-Halima Schmaling for her help with translations; and my flatmates, who were always a source of encouragement.

2I also want to thank David Ehrhardt, Jan Stilke, and especially Adam Higazi and Prof. Murray Last for their time and constructive comments on earlier drafts.

3Financial support from the German Academic Exchange Foundation (DAAD—Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), the Green Templeton College travel fund, the QEH travel fund, and the Gurdev Kaur Bhagrath Memorial Research Fund is gratefully acknowledged.

4I am deeply grateful to my supervisors, Dr Laura Camfield and Dr Masooda Bano, for their invaluable feedback and support.

5I particularly want to thank Racheal Yakubu for her good heart, her affection for young people, and her patience with me. Without her, my research would probably not have been possible and certainly not have been so enjoyable.

6Most of all, I want to thank all those who participated in my research, for their openness, friendliness, and patience. I am very grateful especially to the teachers and students in the schools in which I conducted my research. I deeply regret that I lack the language abilities to share this work with them and sincerely hope that they would agree with my representation of their lives and views.