Nov 26, 2018

BACK TO SCHOOL STARTS ON A HIGH NOTE

Ready for school with new uniforms
Ready for school with new uniforms

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Back to school at CSP Hampate Ba Middle School and High School in Niamey took place mid-September and beginning October and it started on a very high note. The students were amazed to discover changes in many areas.

Newness is in the air!

This new School Year 2018 -2019 promises to be full and exciting. Many new projects to improve our students’ learning conditions are at the horizon:

  • newly trained teachers

  • more textbooks (notably for physics and chemistry)

  • more computer classes at all levels

  • new art supplies for inter-disciplinary projects

  • more tutoring classes with physics and maths at all levels

  • more varied food at the cantine including traditional dishes

  • new stylish uniforms

  • new air-conditioning for the library to replace the old system

  • new techniques for learning vocabulary with tablettes : cutting edge method

Our team at Les Amis de Hampate Ba is strong and extremely motivated to bring struggling students up to level. We realize this can be done by stimulating students in different ways. We have seen that many factors enter into play and incite the students to want to learn more. Through our funding, we are improving conditions in the classrooms, providing more supportive materials like special textbooks, increasing the number of tutoring classes in difficult subjects, training teachers with new innovative pedagogy and serving varied meals to energize the students. These are all ways for us to meet the challenge of providing a quality education turning weak students into confident above average achievers!

Results: Students are definitely more keen to learn to read and write, as well as to improve in math and physics. Library books are taken out more often, there is better attendance in tutoring classes, students are proud to wear new uniforms, the art classes attract students who are enthusiastic to follow interdisciplinary history through art projects, the students’ curiosity is sharpened through research done on internet to understand new vocabulary words, students are less tired due to healthy diets and a cool environment in the library. All in all, the students are finding pleasure in learning.

Thank you all for your support and your interest which is making this school come more alive than ever! Your generosity helps us so much in being able to renew scholarships to keep our underprivileged students in school. Please consider donating to help us develop these new projects which are so essential for the well-being of our students and their future success. Without you, these projects would not exist and we certainly would not have gotten this far.

Vocabulary search in computer class
Vocabulary search in computer class
New textbooks
New textbooks
New air conditioning for library
New air conditioning for library
Nov 21, 2018

WINGS TO SOAR AND FLY!

Middle School Graduates with BEPC
Middle School Graduates with BEPC

Dear Friends and Supporters!

 

October is back to school time in Niger and we are thrilled to share the latest news about the Hampate Ba scholarship girls. But we are even happier that our dream of keeping these girls in school throughout Middle and High School is actually happening.

The grand goal of offering them all an education that not only provides them with factual knowledge and technical skills to obtain diplomas, but also enables them to branch out, develop self-esteem, learn social skills, feel confident in being a woman able to access resources and opportunities, and pursue a career, is becoming a reality.

 

We are happy to report that our girl students are growing and developing beautifully. Some of them have just succeeded in graduating from high school with a Baccalaureate Diploma and have been admitted to top universities in Niamey with hopes of becoming lawyers, judges, and fiscal experts. Others have received their Brevet, BEPC at the end of Middle School and are proud to be able to continue high school studies or still others with the BEPC have decided to learn a trade and have chosen to attend vocational training centers, mainly to be nurses or health assistants. These girls are quite different than they were as young 6th graders when they first entered Hampate Ba Middle school years ago. They are like babies taking less wobbly and more assured steps. We are proud of their achievements and exhilirated to witness the impact of the actions we put in place for them in realms of art, technology, and home economics, in addition to academics.

 

Our charity is growing and gaining traction, but our support is still very much needed. In Niger, the rate of early marriage is 78%. Without our help, most of our girl students would NOT have been in secondary school. Not being able to afford their school fees, their parents would have probably married them off at 13 or 14 and they would be talking about their difficult pregnancies, their babies’ health problems, their lack of independence and their difficult economic situation.

 

Instead, here is what our high school graduates have to say about their new studies :

 

« Thank you so much for your support and understanding. This college is really the school for us. We have learned so many new things and that allows us to be aware. We learn about leadership, the spirit of ethics and what behavior to adopt to change things in our desire to positively change Niger, our country. Change starts with US, the young leaders. » Salifou, 19 yrs. Old

« It’s with great pleasure that I thank you for your help in financing my studies. I am truly grateful and at a loss for words. I could never thank you enough. The first day went well at my new college: there was a conference with all the professors and administration. I am so lucky to be in this university and it’s all thanks to the education I received at Hampate Ba School and the support of the generous donors. I am really so happy.You can count on me for good grades; that is the only thing I can offer you.» Hadiza, 18 yrs. old.

« I dont’ know how to thank you for this wonderful gift of an education that you have offered me. It is thanks to your constant support over the years that I am able to attend this university that gives me so many opportunities and each day I set foot in this university, I can’t stop thinking how grateful I am, but also imagining what my life would have been without your help Thank you again so much » Fatouma -19 yrs.

Our charity, les Amis de Hampate Ba, sincerely thanks you for your generosity because you, our donors, have been very active players by: sponsoring these girl students’ tuition fees so they could stay in secondary school and by funding tools & equipment . This will surely result in many positive outcomes, including later ages of marriage, lower fertility, and healthier and better educated children.

 

Thank you for your help, your support and your belief that these underprivileged girls can develop their talents. Please continue aiding us so we can keep these girls in school and ultimately guide them towards their career path.

We need your donations to make this difference in their lives. Thank you

High School Graduates with BAC
High School Graduates with BAC
First day at University
First day at University
Proud College students
Proud College students
Aug 29, 2018

A TASTE OF SUCCESS : FRUITFUL RESULTS

Dear Friends,

You can be proud! Here is the news that you have all been waiting for!

We are thrilled to announce the fabulous news that 68% of our scholarship students in Hampaté Bâ Middle School succeeded in obtaining the BEPC Diploma in July 2018. This is an incredible score as compared to the national average of 55%, especially for students like the ones we support, coming from very underprivileged backgrounds. The BEPC is an important diploma in Niger as it gives students the right to graduate from Middle School and continue on to High School or qualify to attend one of the many Professional Training Institutes.

Our students’ merit is indisputable as they worked hard constantly and made earnest efforts to get this diploma. It is indeed an amazing accomplishment for them, as the majority have illiterate parents and therefore no one to help them with their studies at home.

In fact, a big part of their success story is due to the SPECIAL TUTORING PROGRAM that our Association put in place several years ago thanks to your donations. This program provides our scholarship students with a support system to study after school under the guidance of qualified tutors for major subjects like Maths, French and Physics/Chemistry. We have made sure that the number of students in these classes remains small, never more than 10 –15, allowing them to get individual attention and be able to ask questions and get answers! Without this tutoring opportunity, obtaining their diploma would have been much more difficult, and perhaps not possible at all.

This project has evolved over time. We especially remarked last year that the students’ academic grade level increased noticeably each month and we believe it was a result of our tutoring program. How about some statistics as proof? The statistics are concrete: last year 87% of our scholarship students’ grades moved up between 2 & 5 points during the year in the subjects where tutoring was given. This was especially true of the students who regularly attended the tutoring classes. A student with 8/20 as an average at the beginning of the year, typically ended up with 10/20 and some even reached 13/20 at the end of the year. We checked this out with a total of 30 students, both weak and strong, and the survey showed a gain of significant points and an important rise in grades in the report cards of 27 students out of 30.

Let’s backtrack ….Did we get good results right away at the start of the Tutoring Classes some years ago? Unfortunately not! In the beginning, very few students attended the classes, there was no roll call, and the students were clearly not motivated to stay after school, especially for subjects that were difficult for them. Gradually, the students recognized the worth of remediation tutoring in small classes with clear explanations, they suddenly began to understand the basics of difficult subjects, they felt comfortable with the specialized teachers who patiently persevered and promoted skills development in reading, writing and maths and they were proud to reply «here «to the roll call every single day. The high-level students felt penalized that they weren’t included in these classes, so a special class opened for them.

A Taste of Success! The most convincing proof of this current enthusiasm is the revitalization of the Tutoring program which is helping to turn mentalities and beliefs around. 3eme Students (9th grade) are so impressed with the fruitful tutoring program, that INSTEAD OF STAYING ON VACATION, THEY HAVE REQUESTED TUTORING CLASSES THE WHOLE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER BEFORE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IN OCTOBER in their two weakest subjects: Math & Physics, They want to get a head start for the BEPC exam in June. Focus is on improvement and understanding. Of course, we agreed!

The Magic Wand of Mr. Gogo : Our Tutoring Program provides excellent pedagogues who encourage each student to improve and reach his potential, One tutor, in particular, Mr. Gogo has supported the students many years, has given them confidence, and found a way to motivate and inspire them in 2 very difficult subjects: Maths & Physics. In turn, the students’ curiosity stimulates him.

« The students promised me I would be proud of their results on the BEPC and when they announced their success, they were jumping up and down and hugging each other » related Mr. Gogo concerning the successful BEPC results.

« We learn, we succeed, we are proud of ourselves, it’s agreeable, it feels good, it’s fun, we want more ! » declared Aminatou, speaking of the tutoring.

« I’m really good at Maths, but Physics is a mystery to me. In tutoring, we can ask many questions, and Mr. Gogo answers them and puts examples on the blackboard. We also correct all our tests afterwards with him. We wait every week for our Tutoring Class and love how he challenges us», remarks Fatimata.

Your generosity and support in providing scholarships and private tutoring for these deserving, impoverished students have served a wonderful purpose and has made their dreams come true to get a quality education leading hopefully to a career of their choice! Please help us continue financing and extending more Tutoring Classes as this is an important key to their success and you can proudly feel you are making a difference. Thank you so much! 

 

 

 

 

 
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