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.
Apr 17, 2015

THE EDUTAINMENT APPROACH

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!

Jan 27, 2015

Eager Learners Needing A Bit Of Extra Support !

Niger, like many other African countries, does not have a "reading and writing culture", which makes teaching literacy quite challenging. Most students do not have books in their homes. Many parents also do not know about the resources they could offer or seek out to further their children's education. Differences between the language used as the educational medium and the language spoken at home add to the difficulties of building a reading culture.

 Yet, without the ability to read efficiently, children cannot be lifelong learners because they cannot access information and their knowledge quickly becomes obsolete. They cannot cope with the flexibility required in the workplace today. Poor reading ability translates into poor quality learning.

To work on these crucial issues, our association is helping Hampaté Bâ School with teacher training, good learner material and a remedial program in order to implement a literacy and language programme that produces learners who are equipped for high school.

 The remedial teacher, Mr Cyril, uses a variety of support materials and techniques to encourage the simultaneous development of the four language skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening in a balanced way.

 I don’t want my students to make peace with mediocrity, I want them to aspire to excellence”, says Mr Cyril and he adds, “I believe improving reading outcomes is improving these students’ life outcomes as well.”

 Thanks to your donations, we have been able to fund this specialized teacher, who is meeting the challenge of bringing students up to level, by giving them extra hours of small group tutoring. Many of the students sponsored by our scholarships really need this help, as they came from primary schools with 80 students per class where they learned basically nothing.

 We are proud of our actions to help these students learn to read. So many children don’t have access to education and risk being part of another generation of poverty, We WANT to make a difference and we can do it TOGETHER with you. We are deeply grateful for your continued donations, no matter what amount, We are determined to continue our efforts so our students can get an education, to overcome ignorance. This is important. Thanks so much.

Jan 27, 2015

SONGS AND DANCES TO FIGHT BARRIERS TO EDUCATION

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.

 
   

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