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.
Jan 27, 2015

SONGS AND DANCES TO FIGHT BARRIERS TO EDUCATION

At Hampaté Bâ School we're proud that 50% of the students are girls - traditionally a vastly under represented group in education in Niger. Today, girls are recognised by the UN as important agents for change, possessing the potential to solve the most persistent development problems facing the African continent. By investing in girls' economic potential through education - which can also delay child marriage and teen pregnancy - the cycle of poverty can be broken. Unfortunately however, girls are often the first to be withdrawn from school by families who require domestic support, or who cannot afford to send all their children to school.

While our Association recognises these challenges, we're determined to keep as many girls at Hampaté Bâ School as possible and are actively tackling the issue to ensure they can continue their studies. One particular initiative is the introduction of the special 'Home Economics classes'. The aim is to fight barriers to education for girls and increase their chances of completing the education cycle.

The Home Economics Program provides girls with a positive co-curricular opportunity enabling them to learn about female issues and even to share with their peers. Girls attending this class recently organised a school event to raise awareness of the importance of girls’ education through songs and dances. They also planned and implemented an outreach project in a nearby primary school where they spoke to all female students about menstruation and menstrual hygiene. We're extremely proud of all the girls and their teacher, Mrs Moussa, involved in this program and who are making this project a massive success.

 “ I’m proud of my girls and persuaded that the message that we are trying to get across to them, that they are not second class citizens, but full members of our society, will have a positive impact on their lives now and in the future”, says a very jovial Mrs Moussa.

 Our association is funding the Home Economics Teacher as well as paying scholarships for the girls to stay in school. We need to keep this project going ! Believe in us, believe in the project, believe in the teacher, the girls and their potential. We deeply appreciate you continuing to support this innovative project. Any amount is welcome. Thank you so much.

Oct 31, 2014

Not Only In School, But Learning Too !

Many poor children in Niger never attend school and that is a distressing reality. But what is even more shocking is the fact that many of those who do go to school learn very little. Under the current model of education, half of Niger's total primary school population reaches adolescence without the basic skills needed to lead successful and productive lives. As a consequence, the prognosis for Niger's future economic growth and social development is not very good.

Hampaté Bâ Middle School is striving to address this deep learning crisis by raising teaching standards and improving learning outcomes, so as not to waste the potential of underprivileged Nigerien youth. This is by no means an easy task, but it can be done.

At Hampaté Bâ , the students are not on the receiving end of a monotone recitation geared towards rote learning. Here, they actually understand what they learn.

"Before coming to Hampaté Bâ, I used the word "century" a lot, but I never knew what it meant. Also, I did not know the difference between a country and a continent. Now I do", says proudly Abdou, a 7th grader in the school.

Aminatou, a bright-eyed 13 year old girl, had this to say about learning at Hampaté Bâ : "Before coming to this school, I used to learn all of my lessons by heart without understanding much and my teachers were satisfied with that. Here, the teachers make sure we understand what we recite or what we write. So learning by heart is good, but not enough."

Thanks to your generosity, we can offer quality education to students like Abdou and Aminata who, in primary section, went through 6 years of zero value-added schooling. Now, they are not only in secondary school but learning !

The ultimate aim of our association is to support Hampaté Bâ school in its efforts to equip underprivileged students like Abdou and Aminatou with the numeracy, literacy and wider skills that they need to realize their potential – and that their country, Niger, needs to generate jobs, innovation and economic growth.

Please help us achieve this aim. Your donations really count !! Thank you.

Oct 29, 2014

Giving Girls A Voice

Fati and Nafissa are incredibly bright and ambitious girls starting 8th grade at Hampaté Bâ School this October.

Many of our sponsored girl students live in houses with no electricity or running water. The families have no reliable source of income. Parents struggle to earn enough money for rent and food, and the future of their children, especially daughters, is uncertain.

Despite these hardships, thanks to a high-quality education at Hampaté Bâ, girl students are able to learn in an environment that cares for them and is designed to nurture their human qualities and academic abilities.

Fati and Nafissa are passionate about empowering women and girls in their family and community. Their Home Economics classes taught them the importance of giving women a voice, and so they decided to display inspirational quotes and pictures of women from across the globe that are making their mark on society. “Whenever we get a chance, we tell women and girls in our community about their rights and that they should not consider themselves as second class citizens,” said Fati.

Imagine the exciting future for Fati and Nafissa as they proudly acquire a high-quality education ! Thanks to your donations, these girls will now have the chance to make choices about their future. By contributing and being part of their journey, you are opening a whole new world full of possibilities to them. Your donations really count and let them develop their potential as women. We Thank you !

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