Empower girls in Niger for change via education

 
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Girls should take part in competitive sports to build confidence and resilience, points out Mr Mamane, the physical education teacher at Hampaté Bâ Middle School.

Through sports, Hampaté Bâ School teaches girls to face setbacks and find ways to spring back and recover. Discipline, confidence and resilience are built through practising competitive sports.

"The experience of losing a volleyball game and carrying on to another match builds resilience. And our girls need this because in our society they experience a lot of setbacks due to gender bias", says Mr Mamane.

Not all girls like ball games of course and so the school is trying to find alternatives.

I don’t want to be out on the football pitch or play volleyball ball", says Halima. Maybe my friends and I could have a trampoline!! We have seen it on television and jumping on it seems like great fun!

Confidence is an athlete’s and a girl’s best friend. It is also a core mental skill because of its impact on other parts of one’s life, like school and relationships with family and friends.

Halima is a typical teenager in many ways. A typical weekend for her involves listening to music, getting together with friends, and although she doesn’t love all the subject matters taught in school, she knows that education is the foundation for her future. Playing sports helps her gain confidence and confidence in turn helps her with her education.

Perseverance, patience, and balancing time and energy are the challenging components of playing a sport and studying at Hampaté Bâ. For Halima and her friends, the special girl empowerment classes at Hampaté Bâ School create opportunities to achieve in many areas. The Girl Empowerment class enables these girl students to increase their physical and mental strength, build their social skills, and teach them the value of hard work in pursuit of a goal.

 “Attending this school made me realize who I really am,” says Halima “I’m proud to be a girl and later, once I finish school, I would like to make things easier for women in my country.”

THANK YOU for supporting the Hampaté Bâ special programs to help our girls evolve and have enough confidence in being a woman to move ahead and initiate dynamic projects in their community. Their potential is grand and their hopes are high. Your donations are key in keeping these girls in school with quality education including sports and innovative girl oriented programs. We need your support more than ever in our quest to fight ignorance with education. Your continued donations will enable us to provide our girl students with what they need to pursue their education. Let’s keep it up ! Every donation you make is changing a girl’s life and you are making a real difference . Thank you !!

THE EDUTAINMENT APPROACH – ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION

At Hampaté Bâ Middle School in Niamey, Mrs Moussa, a dynamic Home Economics teacher, leads the girls’ empowerment class and organizes various activities using the ‘edutainment’ approach – with skits, dramas, dance and visits to other schools. HIV/AIDS and hygiene-sanitation were the topics the girls tackled this month.

My biggest achievement this year has been giving these girls a sense of pride and enthusiasm for education,” says Mrs Moussa. “We need to continue this momentum to motivate more girls to complete their middle schooling and continue to high school.”

Mr Baro, the school principal, adds: “Talking about the benefits of education and female role models is also very important.”

Echoing this aspiration, Nabila and Saratou, attending Mrs Moussa’s class at Hampaté Bâ, say they hope to become members of parliament after completing their education, in order to help girls and women in their country.

Education is very important,” say the girls. “It is important because when you are staying at home, you are not aware of anything. But good education will lead to a good future and help our families have a better life.”

Though the girls’ education component is very challenging in Niger, it is always motivating to see such positive examples in our school,” says the proud principal of Hampaté Bâ.

Your constant support and contributions are so important to us. Thanks to your generosity, we can keep girls like Nabila and Saratou in school and ensure them a quality education at Hampaté Bâ. Every donation helps us to help them and makes a big difference. Thank you!

At Hampaté Bâ School we're proud that 50% of the students are girls - traditionally a vastly under represented group in education in Niger. Today, girls are recognised by the UN as important agents for change, possessing the potential to solve the most persistent development problems facing the African continent. By investing in girls' economic potential through education - which can also delay child marriage and teen pregnancy - the cycle of poverty can be broken. Unfortunately however, girls are often the first to be withdrawn from school by families who require domestic support, or who cannot afford to send all their children to school.

While our Association recognises these challenges, we're determined to keep as many girls at Hampaté Bâ School as possible and are actively tackling the issue to ensure they can continue their studies. One particular initiative is the introduction of the special 'Home Economics classes'. The aim is to fight barriers to education for girls and increase their chances of completing the education cycle.

The Home Economics Program provides girls with a positive co-curricular opportunity enabling them to learn about female issues and even to share with their peers. Girls attending this class recently organised a school event to raise awareness of the importance of girls’ education through songs and dances. They also planned and implemented an outreach project in a nearby primary school where they spoke to all female students about menstruation and menstrual hygiene. We're extremely proud of all the girls and their teacher, Mrs Moussa, involved in this program and who are making this project a massive success.

 “ I’m proud of my girls and persuaded that the message that we are trying to get across to them, that they are not second class citizens, but full members of our society, will have a positive impact on their lives now and in the future”, says a very jovial Mrs Moussa.

 Our association is funding the Home Economics Teacher as well as paying scholarships for the girls to stay in school. We need to keep this project going ! Believe in us, believe in the project, believe in the teacher, the girls and their potential. We deeply appreciate you continuing to support this innovative project. Any amount is welcome. Thank you so much.

Fati and Nafissa are incredibly bright and ambitious girls starting 8th grade at Hampaté Bâ School this October.

Many of our sponsored girl students live in houses with no electricity or running water. The families have no reliable source of income. Parents struggle to earn enough money for rent and food, and the future of their children, especially daughters, is uncertain.

Despite these hardships, thanks to a high-quality education at Hampaté Bâ, girl students are able to learn in an environment that cares for them and is designed to nurture their human qualities and academic abilities.

Fati and Nafissa are passionate about empowering women and girls in their family and community. Their Home Economics classes taught them the importance of giving women a voice, and so they decided to display inspirational quotes and pictures of women from across the globe that are making their mark on society. “Whenever we get a chance, we tell women and girls in our community about their rights and that they should not consider themselves as second class citizens,” said Fati.

Imagine the exciting future for Fati and Nafissa as they proudly acquire a high-quality education ! Thanks to your donations, these girls will now have the chance to make choices about their future. By contributing and being part of their journey, you are opening a whole new world full of possibilities to them. Your donations really count and let them develop their potential as women. We Thank you !

Quality education is not just about pedagogy in the classroom, but about the whole school environment. It is about the way a school is managed, the way the classroom process takes place, the way children are treated, the way gender issues are tackled.

As many of you know, In Niger, the 4th poorest country in the world, 93% of the girls lack an education in Middle school.

The Hampaté Bâ Middle School promotes quality education by being sensitive to gender issues. There's an awareness of the extra burden on girls in Niger and therefore a special attention is given to respond to their special needs. The promotion of a gender-sensitive and girl-friendly school environment is a central feature of Hampaté Bâ.

Zeinabou's mother has this to say about the equal treatment girls get at Hampaté Bâ :

"Teachers do not discriminate, but treat all pupils equally. My daughter is given equal opportunities in the classroom and in all school activities. Everything in this school tells Zeinabou that she is NOT second-rate. I am really happy about this."

You can help us pull down the barriers and begin to bring change for women in Niger. By granting scholarships to girl students, we can ease the financial need that forces families to take girls out of school. We can educate and empower girls through our special education program for them at Hampaté Bâ School and by doing so, we can give whole families resources to create healthier and more stable lives.

You can be certain that your donations to this wonderful cause are making a difference, by teaching a girl to read, reason and unleash her potential. It will help her learn to be proud of being a woman and have bright prospects years from now. THANK YOU !!

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