Mar 5, 2018

WHERE THERE IS A WILL,THERE IS A WAY !!

We are pleased to announce some exciting BREAKING NEWS !

 CHAMPIONSHIP BACKGROUND

 The Bakaye University Group in Niamey, Niger has recently organized a championship of mathematical and literary skills. Students from designated schools were chosen to represent one of two categories : Middle School or High School. Teams were selected by the qualifying schools for the Championship of numbers and letters which took place on February 24th . Individuals were selected by each school for the Championship of Mathematics and Logic which took place on March 3rd.

 BREAKING NEWS # 1

Hampate Ba School was admitted as one of 15 schools in Niamey to participate in this championship !

 BREAKING NEWS #2

Hampate Ba School chose 3 students for its team, and 2 out of the 3 students, were our scholarship students !!

 BREAKING NEWS #3

For the Team championship, Hampate Ba came in 5th out of 15 schools in the Semi-Finals, and even better, our team came in SECOND OUT OF FIVE for the Finals !!! UNBELIEVABLE!

 The results for the Individual Championship of Mathematics and Logic are not known at this date, but we will soon let you know the results of our 2 girl students!

 WHO ARE THESE TWO GIRLS?

At the Hampate Ba School, there are all kinds of social background. But the girls that we give scholarships to, are from very poor backgrounds, which is the case of our two scholarship girls participating in the Championship. Both Nafissa and Attica live in straw huts, with NO electricity, and outside cooking, one hour of walking by foot to get to school, and no one at home to help them with their schoolwork, as their parents are illiterate. Also, an essential item for students, notebooks and books, are not possible for them, since they do not have the means.

 WHAT DOES “Les Amis de Hampate Ba” DO TO HELP THEM?

We specifically help our scholarship students to meet the challenge by buying them notebooks, and school books. We also set up tutoring in small groups after school, so they can be guided by teachers who help them several hours a week with their homework.

 CONCLUSION

It does work ! Nafissa and Attica were able to meet the challenge thanks to the books and tutoring we offer them. They were chosen by the School and were courageous enough to participate in the Championship and ended up being #2 out of 15 schools.

 OUR THANKS AND RECOMMENDATION

Our help to our underprivileged students is so important.

Without our aid, they would not be in school.

Without your donations, they would have no books and no tutors to push them forward.

 WE NEED YOU ! Please continue your donations so we can continue buying books and providing tutoring. This is essential for these deserving students who are working hard to have a better future.

 Our students our meeting the challenge.

We must also meet the challenge and KEEP DONATING!

 THANK YOU for letting them meet their potential.

THANK YOU for giving them the gift of an education and a brighter future.

YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE in their lives.

 

 

 

Dec 6, 2017

GIVE THEM A FUTURE THEY CAN SMILE ABOUT

Many of the 6th graders who come to Hampaté Bâ from public primary schools are reading on the 1st grade level and struggling with even the most basic math concepts. Students who are struggling to keep up in school can easily become discouraged. By the time they reach 9th grade, they are at risk of dropping out.

The Read and Write program jump-starts underperforming students into learning necessary concepts and vocabulary before their classmates even begin the new lesson. Rather than being stuck in the remedial slow lane, students move ahead of everyone into the fast lane of learning. Read and Write provides a fresh academic start for students every week and creates opportunities for struggling students to learn alongside their more successful peers.

I did not know that sentences begin with a capital letter and that one must add an ‘S’ to make things plural. Now, I do!”says Boubakar, an outgoing 6th grader.

“When you see some of our teachers at the front of the classroom doing an entire circus act as they explain how to add an ’s’ to make things plural to a group of adult-sized students, please don’t judge. We are doing our best to bring students who are woefully behind up to grade level”, explains Mr Barro, the principal. 

Read and Write classes increase student confidence and participation. This is because prior knowledge and new vocabulary are placed directly in students' paths just in time for new learning in their main classrooms. Students' newfound knowledge increases the odds that they will know the correct responses to questions. They now feel safe to raise their hands and their fear of embarrassment diminishes.

“I can now answer certain questions and I’m less scared of making mistakes”, says 12 year old Moussa.

“This is not traditional tutoring. Our mission is to get struggling students ahead of the game. We accelerate them in their trouble courses of Math and French by teaching them concepts and vocabulary directly linked to the lesson to come. This enables them to understand new content much better,” adds Mr Barro.

Help us move struggling students in the right path.

All donations, big and small, are welcome ! We thank you so much for your constant support which is greatly needed and appreciated !

Together, we can help these students out by bringing them up to level and ultimately providing them a better future.

Thank you so much for provoking those smiles!

Dec 5, 2017

Empowering Girls for a Brighter Future

Life is tough for poor girls in Niamey. Because of culture and tradition, they are regarded as second-class citizens. And often they cannot continue their studies after primary school as their parents cannot afford uniforms or supplies. Poor girls rarely get the support they need to continue through middle and high school.

 Hampaté Bâ School holds tremendous promise for underprivileged adolescent girls and their futures. When school is safe, affordable, accessible and relevant, parents are more likely to keep their daughters in school rather than marrying them early. Through school, girls can acquire life skills that will help them delay marriage and pregnancy, and break the cycle of poverty.

 Les Amis de Hampaté Bâ flagship funding program provides support to girls from the start of middle school to completion. The scholarship scheme targets disadvantaged girls with a high risk of dropping out. The support covers school fees, uniforms, school equipment and nutritious school meals. We give our girls the opportunity to complete a full cycle of middle and secondary school, which is a seven-year period in Niger.

You can help us turn disadvantaged young girls into young change agents who have the power to inspire and mobilize others for positive action. They can encourage the questioning of traditions and beliefs that limit lives and choices, and build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.

The benefits of educating girls and young women in Niger are immense. Girls who go to school and stay in school are able to find jobs, and they spend most of their incomes on their families. They marry later and have fewer and healthier children.

 “My father was not opposed to educating girls, but he did not have the means to send me to middle school. So he wanted to marry me off. Thanks to the scholarship I have now, my father brags about his educated daughter,” says Anissa who will hopefully graduate from high school this year.

Big or small, all your donations are crucial to helping these girls out and breaking the poverty cycle. Please consider supporting them. We need your help to give them an education and realize their dreams.

Your generous donations finance scholarships for these underprivileged girls and give them a chance to go to school, stay in school and get a quality education. Your donations will also save them from early marriages by giving them the opportunity to learn and realize that they have the potential to succeed professionally as women

We need you! Bring a smile to these girls’ faces. Be the difference ! It’s the time to give a gift, the precious gift of education!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

 
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