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.
Mar 22, 2016

Hampate Ba holds first Parent/Teacher Meeting!

Parent engagement in school is nurtured when parents come to understand that their involvement in their child’s studies is a key part of what it means to be a responsible parent, when they are confident enough to make meaningful contributions to the school’s efforts and when they realize that the school administration and teachers, as well as their own children, value their participation in the school.

Our organisation, “Les Amis de Hampaté Bâ”, has been encouraging our teachers and administration in Niamey to work more closely with parents in order to identify goals, problems, and potential solutions to create more successful partnerships to assist more students. 

During the first Parents/Teacher Meeting this week, the principal emphasized the importance of good health from a balanced diet and a hygienic environment that enables the students to work better. “Poor health and unhygienic environments are important underlying causes for absenteeism and poor academic performance,” he explained to the mothers and fathers present at the meeting.

The teachers also asked parents to show more commitment towards supporting their children’s learning and treating learning as a priority.  Almost all of the parents present at the meeting admitted NOT giving their children the time for study, homework, and other learning tasks at home. They also said they did NOT control time allowed to watch television, drink tea, chat with friends, and play cards at the expense of doing school work. Mothers recognised the fact that their daughters spent a lot of time helping them with housework. School work came second, and NOT first.

Once again, the principal intervened asking the parents to provide their children with a suitable place to study at home and to monitor their study time. « These practices make your child understand that his/her academic success is a priority for you and that you put effort in monitoring progress towards this goal ».

Parents were also asked to take the lead in fighting violence against children. As corporal punishment is deeply rooted in cultural and social practices in Niger, it is important for the school authorities to explain to parents why the Hampate Ba School has opted for NOT practicing corporal punishment at school. « We want your children to enjoy a peaceful, safe and protected environment from which fear is banished. We cannot achieve this goal if we physically hurt and psychologically humiliate your children.»

The meeting ended with parents thanking the school staff and our humanitarian association , for doing so much for their children.

« We are very grateful to the school and Les Amis de Hampaté Bâ for taking such good care of our children. We have heard what the teachers and the principal have said and will try to give more of our time and attention to the school work of our children to help them be more successful in their studies and have a better chance in life », said a very happy father. 

Your donations help us promote a quality education for underprivileged students. Thank you!

 
Mar 21, 2016

NEW SUPERVISED AFTER SCHOOL STUDY SPACE FOR GIRLS

Before...
Before...

Many of the girl students sponsored by our association are suffering from hard working conditions at home, obliging them to devote themselves to many chores for the family rather than being able to study. Another problem is the study space at home, which is often non existant, obliging many girls to study in the middle of a farmhouse courtyard outside. These conditions are obviously far from favorizing adequate academic study results and very unmotivating for girls who are trying to make a difference and use their potential to further their studies and receive diplomas. 

Hampaté Bâ School administrators and teachers meet with parents and send them report cards to advise them of their girls’ progress. But this is not enough ! In order to correct the girls’ poor study possibilities due to working conditions at home, our Association has advised teachers and administrators to consult with parents to develop an effective family-school partnership and find solutions to this dilemma. 

To walk the talk, the school recently organized a meeting between the  Home Economics teacher and mothers of our scholarship girls, the objective being to find ways to improve the girls’ home conditions.

The school administration carried out visits to some homes, and discovered that the girls were expected to do many chores and this distracted them greatly from doing their schoolwork. Indeed, by the time the girls finished some of the home chores, they were too tired to do their homework. Moreover, homes visited did not have enough space and the number of family members occupying the house made it impossible for the girls to work properly. Also, these homes were located in communities with no public libraries and so the girls were unable to do research required by their teachers.

Very few students working at home, establish regular and systematic study habits and these girls are the very ones who need such habits the most, commented the Home Economics teacher.

In view of all the drawbacks from working at home in very unfavorable conditions, we are very happy to announce that the school administration has decided to hold supervised study sessions in the school library and in the computer room after school hours starting next month. This is really breaking news and is sure to help the girls out and encourage them even more to advance in their studies and improve their results.

Thanks to this change, girls will be able to stay at school to do their homework, will feel safe and undisturbed, will have a supervisor who can help them out with problem areas, and will be able to concentrate on their studies. We are very thankful to the Hampaté Bâ School administration for accepting the girls to be in the school’s library and computer room to take full advantage of the resources necessary  to do research on various subjects.

Thank you for supporting our girl empowerment project !! These girls deserve the right to have an education and through your contributions, we will be able to offer them a convenient space conducive to their continued studies.

We appreciate very much any donations you feel you can contribute. All amounts are welcome and will make a difference in our efforts to keep these girls in school in good conditions.
 
After!
After!
Dec 21, 2015

UNESCO commends Hampate Ba School's Program

Hampaté Bâ School was recently commended by the UNESCO Representative and by the local education representatives for delivering a program on equity, bullying and prejudice as part and parcel of its curriculum. At a meeting convened by the regional education directorate of Niamey on the 9th of December, the regional director praised Hampaté Bâ’s unique program and asked other schools to follow suit.

 Mr Baro, the school principal, further explained this worthwhile program:

 “We have students from different ethnic groups speaking different languages, we have boys, we have girls, we have albino students, we have students who can’t take part in sports, we have poor students. We need to address these differences because the one thing we don’t want in our school is the ”us and them” mentality. At Hampaté Bâ, it’s all ‘us! ‘”

By the time they enter middle school, many students hold negative stereotypes of people different from them. Teachers at Hampaté Bâ school help reduce prejudice by talking about it directly. They try to serve as role models and give students the tools and strategies needed to form healthy attitudes and foster cooperation and understanding.

My friends and I used to tease a classmate by calling him “little mouse” because he was so tiny. Before I didn’t realize what was wrong with making fun of him, but now I can understand why it is not a nice thing to do.”

To reduce such prejudice, teachers at Hampaté Ba School receive an on- going and bespoke teacher training program. Our charity believes in this vital and very worthy program and we need your help so we can continue to support it.

In a world torn by violence and wars, schools such as Hampaté Bâ can become models of hope for the future.

Your donations will help us make a difference in the world.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

 

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