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.
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.

 

 

 

 

Feb 21, 2013

QUALITY EDUCATION PUTS SMILES ON FACES

Testimony made by one of these smiling children’s father who shows his amazed gratitude!

 “My concerns for my children are, in order: feeding them, taking care of their health and then finding the means to send them to school. I have 12 children. Ten are grown up, and two are babies. Currently five of them are in school. We tighten our belts and pay little by little. Most of my oldest children ended up dropping out of school. They were performing poorly so they didn’t want to continue. The Hampate Ba School is different: it does not get rid of those who perform poorly. They get extra hours with good teachers. That is why my children are progressing well in this school. They might even finish it! And if they do finish it, they will either continue their education or get a job that will allow them to take care of themselves and to help us. But I can also see the immediate benefits of being in this school. For example, because my children can read, they can sort out all of my family papers like birth certificates. And, my daughter tells me what is good for us to eat and what is bad for us to eat. We now try to use less aromatic cubes in our sauces because they are far too salty and bad for our blood pressure!”

Thanks to your generous donations, we are bringing literacy to children in Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries. We humbly thank you for your continued contributions and constant support.   You are helping us write a story of hope in the battle for global literacy.

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