Les amis de Hampate Ba

Improving Learning Outcomes, Fighting Girl Dropout Rates, and Promoting Human Excellence is the mission of Les amis de Hampate Ba for students at the Amadou Hampate Ba Middle School in Niamey, Niger. By promoting and financing the development of the school, and providing grants, we help underprivileged youth in Niger become a positive and responsible force within the community.
Apr 17, 2015

EDUCATION OPENS MINDS AND EYES

Farida’s mother never went to school, but she clearly sees the benefit of sending her daughter to school, especially one as innovative as Hampaté Bâ Middle School: “Schooling opens the minds and the eyes of my daughter. Thanks to her knowledge, my family will be lifted out of darkness because she will learn many things that will be useful.”

Our organisation’s sponsorship programme is well into its fourth year of identifying high potential young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and giving them the opportunity to realise their potential in a school that is child-friendly and offers quality education.

Farida and her mother have embraced this opportunity and have fully invested themselves in what Hampaté Bâ has to offer. Even though Mrs Habi is illiterate and cannot help her daughter directly with her homework, she makes sure that all the house chores are not assigned to Farida as it is the custom in Niger. “My daughter has to concentrate on her schoolwork and so I make sure that she has enough time for that and I don’t burden her with house chores.”

When Farida first came to Hampaté Bâ, she could not read and write at the required level. The remedial program at our school to assist students in difficulty did wonders for her and other students by using a learning approach based on first UNDERSTANDING and only then MEMORIZING. As a result, some of these students have experienced almost two-year improvements in their reading and spelling ages as well as gaining self-confidence. “I was having problems with my school work, but the training helped me to improve my reading, spelling and writing. I am doing much better in class now and I feel better about myself. I will continue to work hard and also help other students,” says Farida with a radiant smile on her face.

Thanks to your on-going support, we are able to offer new scholarships annually to underprivileged girls entering 6th grade and open a whole new world of learning to them. Just like Farida, new students every year are reaping the rewards of quality education offered by Hampaté Bâ Middle School. Look at the results! Attendance has increased significantly, student performance has improved, there are fewer repeats and drop outs, and presently the number of girls enrolled is actually higher than the number of boys!!

We are opening doors and making a difference in the lives of underprivileged Nigerien boys and girls thanks to your donations. If you are an existing donor, we thank you sincerely for your continual support. If you are not, we invite you to consider helping us make a difference. All amounts are welcome! Thank you.

Apr 17, 2015

THE EDUTAINMENT APPROACH

THE EDUTAINMENT APPROACH – ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION

At Hampaté Bâ Middle School in Niamey, Mrs Moussa, a dynamic Home Economics teacher, leads the girls’ empowerment class and organizes various activities using the ‘edutainment’ approach – with skits, dramas, dance and visits to other schools. HIV/AIDS and hygiene-sanitation were the topics the girls tackled this month.

My biggest achievement this year has been giving these girls a sense of pride and enthusiasm for education,” says Mrs Moussa. “We need to continue this momentum to motivate more girls to complete their middle schooling and continue to high school.”

Mr Baro, the school principal, adds: “Talking about the benefits of education and female role models is also very important.”

Echoing this aspiration, Nabila and Saratou, attending Mrs Moussa’s class at Hampaté Bâ, say they hope to become members of parliament after completing their education, in order to help girls and women in their country.

Education is very important,” say the girls. “It is important because when you are staying at home, you are not aware of anything. But good education will lead to a good future and help our families have a better life.”

Though the girls’ education component is very challenging in Niger, it is always motivating to see such positive examples in our school,” says the proud principal of Hampaté Bâ.

Your constant support and contributions are so important to us. Thanks to your generosity, we can keep girls like Nabila and Saratou in school and ensure them a quality education at Hampaté Bâ. Every donation helps us to help them and makes a big difference. Thank you!

Jan 27, 2015

Eager Learners Needing A Bit Of Extra Support !

Niger, like many other African countries, does not have a "reading and writing culture", which makes teaching literacy quite challenging. Most students do not have books in their homes. Many parents also do not know about the resources they could offer or seek out to further their children's education. Differences between the language used as the educational medium and the language spoken at home add to the difficulties of building a reading culture.

 Yet, without the ability to read efficiently, children cannot be lifelong learners because they cannot access information and their knowledge quickly becomes obsolete. They cannot cope with the flexibility required in the workplace today. Poor reading ability translates into poor quality learning.

To work on these crucial issues, our association is helping Hampaté Bâ School with teacher training, good learner material and a remedial program in order to implement a literacy and language programme that produces learners who are equipped for high school.

 The remedial teacher, Mr Cyril, uses a variety of support materials and techniques to encourage the simultaneous development of the four language skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening in a balanced way.

 I don’t want my students to make peace with mediocrity, I want them to aspire to excellence”, says Mr Cyril and he adds, “I believe improving reading outcomes is improving these students’ life outcomes as well.”

 Thanks to your donations, we have been able to fund this specialized teacher, who is meeting the challenge of bringing students up to level, by giving them extra hours of small group tutoring. Many of the students sponsored by our scholarships really need this help, as they came from primary schools with 80 students per class where they learned basically nothing.

 We are proud of our actions to help these students learn to read. So many children don’t have access to education and risk being part of another generation of poverty, We WANT to make a difference and we can do it TOGETHER with you. We are deeply grateful for your continued donations, no matter what amount, We are determined to continue our efforts so our students can get an education, to overcome ignorance. This is important. Thanks so much.

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