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 29, 2012

Progress, progress, everywhere we look!!

It’s summer holidays now for students of the Amadou Hampaté Bâ Middle School after a very successful academic year 2011-2012. Our association is proud to announce and share with you some of the exciting accomplishments that were made possible last year thanks to the help of your commitment and generosity. We would like to say thank you for your contributions and support.

  • The students' final test scores soared from 56% to 73%! This is an amazing achievement and was largely due to the quality work of the teachers, whose level of teaching was strengthened thanks to more professional development workshops and seminars, teaching them new ways to inspire the students. The school had its most competent and motivated teaching staff yet thanks to this teacher training program, maximizing progress towards the students’ yearlong learning goals.
  • We introduced extra reading and writing time, which helped students who were struggling with the basics. This really boosted their performance and gave them confidence to continue and not to drop out.
  • One of our students reached the semi finals of the Spelling Bee Competition organized by the French Cultural Centre. This was a first!!!
  • The school’s academic targets were achieved. Its performance was well above average and most classes scored at the top of the Dar-Es-Salam zone.
  • The new climate of the school, which promotes gender equality and respect for everyone was felt throughout the system and in every classroom this year.
  • The students participated in extracurricular activities such as interquiz competitions with neighboring schools, a district football tournament, and a school field trip to the French Cultural Centre. They were excited to discover these new activities.
    • Electricity was hooked up in the school. This paves the way for exciting new computer projects to come next year!
    • The cleanest class competition was introduced. The students were excited and it is the sixth graders who came in first!!
    • New parent interest has been seen as parents show a desire to be more involved in their children’s education. The parents of last year’s 6th grade scholarship students made a special trip to the school to express their gratitude.

All in all we were able to offer new opportunities and make a huge difference in the lives of underprivileged students in Niger through the innovative approach and quality education being offered at Amadou Hampate Ba Middle School. More and more children are actually staying in school and benefitting from a quality education. Even so, the challenges to advance are still present. We remain confident that with your continued fidelity and generous support, we will meet those challenges, continue to advance, and contribute to the progress of a global community. Thank you.

May 31, 2012

Let them Learn

Amina, Sadia and Ousseina : Thriving, succeeding, and shining!

We are honored to announce that students in Paris, France gave a Spring Concert on May 24th with proceeds going to our Girl Empowerment Project: “Let them Learn” promoting equal access to quality education for teen girls in Niger.

In conjunction with the current United Nations Girl Education Initiative, this program dedicated to gender equality aims to finance secondary education of adolescent girls in Niger, one of the 5 poorest countries in the world. Despite severe and ongoing challenges in Niger limiting educational opportunities for girls, with only 6% enrolled in secondary school, this great project aims to break the poverty cycle and encourage self- respect for girl students. We want to increase the number of scholarships for girls and focus on specific girl-oriented educational innovations: finance a specialized home economics teacher, discourage early marriage, teach hygiene and home economic skills and promote nutrition. According to students like Amina, Sadia and Ousseina attending this Girl Empowerment Program:

The atmosphere in our home economics class is positive, pressure-free and non-competitive. That is why I feel so comfortable in that class.”

“I’ve just learned that too much salt and mono-sodium glutamate are not good for one’s health. The bouillon cubes my mother uses in her cooking contain plenty of those ingredients! I’ll ask her to use them more sparingly.”

“Before, at home, I had to cook dinner, and wash up and do all the other house chores which girls are expected to help with. Now my parents allow me to spend more time on my homework.”

The benefits of providing students like Amina, Sadia and Ousseina with a Girl Empowerment Program at the Amadou Hampaté Bâ School are clear.  They are more likely to enter the work force, earn higher incomes, delay marriage, plan their families, and seek an education for their own children. Their children will more likely be healthy and survive past the age of 5.  When they earn income, they will put 90% into their families, compared to only 40% for men.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Thank you for changing the world of these girls. With your help, we are doing it! Your continued support and generous donations allow them to have the freedom to learn.

May 31, 2012

EVERY STUDENT IS UNIQUE AND CELEBRATED

Fatchima and Abdoul-Rahim : “We count and so do our talents and human qualities!”

LES AMIS DE HAMPATE BA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS  IN DIVERSE RANGE OF FIELDS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Hampaté Bâ School praises SPELLING BEE participant for reaching semi-finals

Every year the French Cultural Center in Niamey organizes a Spelling Bee contest with the purpose of providing young students with the opportunity to participate in a positive, competitive spelling exchange to improve their French language, spelling capabilities, comprehension and communication skills. This year, one of the 8th graders from our school, was able to go all the way to the semi finals ! We praise and congratulate him for this amazing accomplishment. He did not win first place, but what mattered was his participation and the fact that by doing his best he got that far in the competition. The lessons learned by participating in a spelling bee can last a lifetime and benefit all concerned.

As Alhousseïni, our Spelling Bee candidate,  remarked :

“I am just thankful that I got to compete at a National Spelling Bee competition for my school. Next year, I'll try to get further and perhaps even win first place! It'll be good for me, it'll be great for my school."

  • Hampaté Bâ Report Cards honor Students’ progress & outstanding qualities

 What do report card ceremonies in this school look like?  Each student is honored and recognized for developing his/her unique strengths, virtues, talents, and/or interests. The focus and goal is on EACH student and not just CERTAIN students. The philosophy at Amadou Hampaté Bâ School is to move away from traditional educational hierarchy which values students excelling in French and Math more than those who excel in fine arts or who are leaders of good character. Academically weak students feel just as important as academically strong students. In addition, all students are recognized daily in class and throughout the year.

It is your donations supporting teacher training and quality education that have made this CHANGE possible. THANK YOU for your continued contributions which enable us to make HUGE steps forward and a real difference in all the students’ lives by letting them learn.

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