Empower girls in Niger for change via education

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.


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