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.
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 !

Aug 4, 2014

Breaking the Pattern of Gender Discrimination

Quality education is not just about pedagogy in the classroom, but about the whole school environment. It is about the way a school is managed, the way the classroom process takes place, the way children are treated, the way gender issues are tackled.

As many of you know, In Niger, the 4th poorest country in the world, 93% of the girls lack an education in Middle school.

The Hampaté Bâ Middle School promotes quality education by being sensitive to gender issues. There's an awareness of the extra burden on girls in Niger and therefore a special attention is given to respond to their special needs. The promotion of a gender-sensitive and girl-friendly school environment is a central feature of Hampaté Bâ.

Zeinabou's mother has this to say about the equal treatment girls get at Hampaté Bâ :

"Teachers do not discriminate, but treat all pupils equally. My daughter is given equal opportunities in the classroom and in all school activities. Everything in this school tells Zeinabou that she is NOT second-rate. I am really happy about this."

You can help us pull down the barriers and begin to bring change for women in Niger. By granting scholarships to girl students, we can ease the financial need that forces families to take girls out of school. We can educate and empower girls through our special education program for them at Hampaté Bâ School and by doing so, we can give whole families resources to create healthier and more stable lives.

You can be certain that your donations to this wonderful cause are making a difference, by teaching a girl to read, reason and unleash her potential. It will help her learn to be proud of being a woman and have bright prospects years from now. THANK YOU !!

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