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.
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!

Dec 21, 2015

Keeping gates open for our girls

As we approach the end of the year, we wanted to reflect on all the young girls’ lives you have helped us transform since we started helping the Hampaté Bâ School in 2009. We are so proud of the lasting impact we have made and can’t thank you enough for being a part of it.

At this moment in time, we are providing scholarships for 60 girl students and we urgently need your help to make sure they stay in school and don’t miss out on a life-changing education.

Secondary school offers more than knowledge, it offers hope and opportunity.

Samira is one of our scholarship students who has the chance to study at Hampaté Bâ School thanks to our support. Samira has ambitious goals. Once she finishes high school, she aims to study nursing. Her dream is to qualify as a nurse and work at the national hospital of Niamey. She’s the eldest in a family of eight. Two of her brothers go to a public primary school, while the youngest children are still at home being cared for by her mother.

Samira has a lot on her plate.  She’s up at 5am every day, helping at home and making breakfast for the family, before setting off for school at 7am. In the evening, it’s her job to help cook and clean. If there’s time after all that – and enough light – she will fit in some more studies before bed. Despite the long day, she considers herself lucky; two of her best friends are already married and not allowed by their husbands to attend school.

She’s also fortunate that her family agrees with her going to school. Neither parent has an education; Samira’s father works as a security guard and, besides caring for the younger family members, her mother sells peanuts at the local market.

But Samira has her future all mapped out. After she finishes high school, she plans to raise the money for university by setting up a stall at the main market with her mother.

" I’m so lucky and happy to have a scholarship at Hampaté Bâ School which is near to where I live. My father cannot pay for eight children’s secondary education so he would have to choose which child to send to a good middle school , and being a girl, it probably would not be me. At Hampaté Bâ School we learn a lot thanks to the high level and the private tutoring for students with difficulties. We have good chances to pass our exams, contrary to public schools with overloaded classes where the level is low and very little is learned."

Let’s keep Samira in school ! Help us give these worthy girls the gift of education ! Our work wouldn't be possible without your generous support.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Thank you !!

Sep 30, 2015

Hampate Ba School proudly opens new High School section !

Ready for high school !
Ready for high school !

Such great news for the school year 2015-2016 ! The Hampaté Bâ School has been approved by the Nigerien Ministry of Education to expand into a high school section and has welcomed its first class of 10th grade students this fall. How exciting is that !

The school principal, Mr Baro, says: “We are very proud to be able to welcome eleven sponsored students into our newly opened 10th grade! Four years ago, these students came to our school as functional illiterates and look where they are now! We look forward to working with them in the year ahead. They will be able to make a great start alongside our other students, our teachers and our administrative staff.”

At Hampaté Bâ High School, all students will be working towards obtaining their graduation diploma, regardless of their background. The teachers at the school talk about how students are climbing a mountain towards a high school diploma and, like any challenging expedition, getting there requires a lot of discipline and hard work.

Mr Haougui, the school manager, says : « Our devotion to promoting quality education, computer literacy, arts, and character education is quite unique in Niger. We are not chasing just exam results. We are committed to ensuring that every one of our students feels happy, comfortable and safe at school. »

Indeed, there is lots of support to go along with the school’s high expectations. Thanks to your donations, students receive extra teaching time in numeracy and literacy, and next month, the remedial class teacher will take the new students to visit the Abdou Moumouni University in order to help them see what the summit of their mountain could look like.

We truly appreciate your past participation and any help you can continue to give these students through your donations will allow them to get to the top of the mountain… a high school diploma leading to a university education.

Please consider donating to make these dreams come true and through education, make our world a better place. Thank you so much. You are certainly making a big difference with your generosity!

Staff happy to welcome high school students
Staff happy to welcome high school students

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