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.
Aug 19, 2013

HELP THEM SPREAD THEIR WINGS!

The girls at the Amadou Hampaté Bâ Middle School in Niamey, Niger are lucky to be able to attend a girls-only program and discuss questions like this: 

Does being a girl limit you?

Does it have to limit you?

What do you like about being a girl?

What don’t you like about being a girl?

Do you ever wish you were a different gender? Why or why not?

In Niger, as in many other countries, it is hard to be a girl. Our association is lowering the hurdles that stand in a girls’ way, by helping the Hampaté Bâ Middle School run a girl empowerment program, thus giving the girl students an outlet to discuss issues concerning them, their aspirations for the future, giving them room to spread their wings, and providing them with an opportunity to shine.

Amina : I had fun learning in this class and felt an important part of the group.

Hadizatou: The program has helped me enjoy school more. I hope I'll be able to participate in this class next year again.

Not only Amina and Hadizatou, but all the girls attending the program unanimously agreed that the program had helped them become more confident and more positive about their future.

 ACHIEVEMENTS IN GENDER EQUALITY IN EDUCATION

For the school year 2013/2014 we have 14 new girls who have obtained scholarships to attend the Hampaté Ba Middle School and will attend our girl empowerment program for the first time. Want to know more about this project and why it is important? Read on  !

- Special Girls-Only Class Part of the Curriculum allowing girls to discuss with a specialized teacher and have a voice about issues concerning girls and health, hygiene, families,  child-raising and learn skills such as cooking and sewing. The girls-only program addresses issues such as gender inequality with the goal of promoting self-confidence, self-esteem, and critical thinking .  as well as reinforcing the capacities and worth of a woman in society.

- School environment This project creates a supportive school environment which is a key element in ensuring that girls are able to succeed academically and socially. By expanding our program over the past several years, we have acquired the ability to improve the girl-friendliness and academic achievement levels and make our school an enriching environment

- Teachers  have been trained to ensure gender equality with all the girl students and are aware of gender equality in the classroom.

- Parents  Goals help parents understand the benefits of educating their daughters, such as health and high earning potential.

- Goals Helping girls to stay in secondary school has always been a primary goal of our Girls’ Education program.  Helping girls develop the skills they need to make key life decisions is even better!

- Proud and dreaming big! Some of our girl students are now speaking about how they are succeeding in school despite overwhelming obstacles. Many of the girls in our program are the first in their families to attend secondary school. This encourages them to dream big.

- Theatre Project The barriers that keep girls from going to secondary school in Africa at the same rate as their male peers because of tradition and cultural bias often stands in the way. We encourage the boys in our school to join the conversation and become active participants and we hope to use the power of the theater in the near future to support gender equality.

We believe it is possible to effect long-term change on the educational landscape for girls.

We know you believe in the importance of keeping girls in school. Your contributions have already helped support our achievements in Gender Equality with our program so far. 

We are counting on you to help us to turn the tide !   We need  your continued support in giving these girls the joy of a quality education. Thank you !

Aug 19, 2013

The end of the 2012/2013 school year

Mahamanne and Rakiya did it !
Mahamanne and Rakiya did it !

With the right support, even the most vulnerable students can achieve!

One famous speech began with “I have a dream”. Well, our progress report this month will  begin with “we had a dream”.

Our association had a dream for the disadvantaged students at the Amadou Hampaté Bâ Middle School in Niamey, Niger.

We said that we wanted to improve academic achievement across the school
we did !

We said we wanted to help illiterate sixth and seventh graders learn to read and write  
we did !

We said we wanted to provide students with greater ICT opportunities
we did !

We said we wanted to provide students with textbooks
we did !
 


2012/2013 has indeed been a year of positive change, growth and development for Amadou Hampaté Bâ Middle School.  73% success at BEPC, new remediation teacher for tutoring weak students likely to drop out without personalised  help,  new computers, software, and classes with guidance by computer expert, brand new textbooks to start new school year ! You, our supporters, have made all these achievements possible and we thank you !

People who visit the school comment on the ‘positive vibe’ and ‘feel good factor’ the school has in both its physical environment and the relationships between the administration, the teachers, and the students. Here are some comments that the parents made during the end of year ceremony: 

 In this school, the students are well looked after by the staff and teachers. Here everyone is happy.

This is a good environment for learning, there is a good atmosphere to learn in.

We need to keep up and improve these results  In October 2013,  thanks to generous contributions of our members, a new group of disadvantaged students will enter the school  and many of them will need extra help. Our association also wishes to continue to promote the use of computer technology across the school as well as providing the school's new library with more books.

This we cannot do without your commitment, your support, and your generosity. Walt Disney once said you can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful idea in the world, but it requires people to make the dream reality.  You are the people we need to help us make this wonderful dream reality for students such as Mahamanne and Rakiya.

THANK YOU !

Hampate Ba
Hampate Ba's brand new library !
May 21, 2013

SMART, SELF-CONFIDENT, AND AWARE!

In the "girls only" class held once a week at the Amadou Hampaté Bâ School, Rahina and Aichatou, two bright and lively sixth graders,  learn things that really matter to them.

Last week, our teacher talked about early marriages and  pregnancies. For example, I learnt that too-early childbearing is not good for the mother's health and that it can even be dangerous for the baby.

I now have very good arguments against early marriages. I like traditions, but I think this one is not good for us, or for our families, or for society as a whole. 

In Niger, gender gaps in education are real: Girls face greater hurdles than boys in getting an education and are more likely to leave school long before boys. Focusing on schools that specifically support girls' education is one way to overcome the barriers girls face.

Amadou Hampaté Bâ is one such school. Our association supports this school because it helps girls get a quality education -- essential for alleviating poverty, and breaking down the social and political barriers that exclude girls from fully participating in the future of their country.

Rahina and Aichatou are lucky to be studying in a school where there are separate sanitary facilities for girls, where teachers are encouraged and trained to treat boys and girls equally,  and where a special "girls only class" addresses issues like early marriage, HIV and AIDS awareness, puberty, pregnancy and parenting.

Thanks for continuing to support this worthy cause and give these girls a chance for education and break the poverty cycle.

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