Koran Schools in Kanga 1985-2010
The number of Koran schools, originally called vyuo (sing. chuo), now more often referred to as madrasa, has increased in Kanga village, and many more children attend classes after school, on weekends and during the holidays than used to be the case. The children learn to read the Koran in Arabic, and they also study other Arabic texts, while the teachers explain the meanings in Swahili.
Today the children use exercise books and pens or pencils, and the wooden tablets (bao) which were in common use in the 1960s, have largely disappeared (except in one madrasa where adults still use them). Since the new millennium, the children have usually been segregated by sex, but sometimes they are divided up in terms of age.