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

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.

May 21, 2013

A PROGRAM THAT SPELLS SUCCESS

Mr Abdourahmane is very proud of his student
Mr Abdourahmane is very proud of his student

A 40 year old school teacher,  Mr Abdourahmane, at Hampaté Bâ Middle School in Niamey, is really making a difference. He has been able to ignite a spark of interest  in previously discouraged learners who otherwise would have continued to struggle with even the most basic literacy skills.

In Niger, teaching children to read and write is a significant challenge. For the majority of students, French is their third or even fourth language. Often, they are being taught by teachers who lack the skills and resources to create inspiring or creative opportunities for students to interact with written texts.

Amadou was getting D's and F's in most of his school subjects. Like other low skilled readers, he was very self conscious of his reading ability and tried to hide his poor reading skills. But very quickly, his teachers realized that, even though this shy young boy was in sixth grade, he could barely read or write. He was thus referred  to the special remedial sessions taught by Mr Abdourahmane.

"This program is giving Amadou the opportunity to significantly improve his reading skills.  He has grown in confidence",  says Mr Abdourahmane, and his results have improved not only in French, but also in all of the other subjects. If students cannot read, they cannot be independent learners. That is why I take my work so seriously."

Without this remedial program, Amadou would still be struggling with a strong chance of failing the 6th grade. And because of this, his parents would most likely have taken him out of school.

Your donations are important to us and are a big help to these worthy students.  Your generosity enables us to fund special courses for students like Amadou and keep them in school by improving their results and bringing them up to level. By teaching them to read and write, we avoid student drop-out. Thank you for helping us to help these students to get educated, improve their future and contribute to Niger as a whole.

 

 

 

 

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