Education  Niger Project #38772

Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School

by Remember Niger Coalition
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Father of scholarship recipient
Father of scholarship recipient

One of our greatest challenges is making sure that girls and young women stay enrolled in school. If they attend primary school, there are countless barriers that keep them from going on to middle school and high school. In Niger, only 11% of girls attend middle school and less than 5% go to high school. You are helping to change these numbers by supporting the Remember Niger girls scholarship program. Through your generosity, the girls attend high quality schools and receive extra tutoring.

In September, I had the opportunity to meet with 11 parents who have daughters in the scholarship program. They are incredibly thankful for the opportunity that you are giving their girls. One father said, “I’m very grateful that my daughter is in school - a very good school. I can never repay you for your kindness. This will make a large difference in her life and for our family. May God bless you!”  

The girls’ parents work hard to provide for their families, but for most Nigeriens, sending their daughters to secondary school is more than they can afford. If there is a public school close by, it is cost restrictive because parents are expected to purchase uniforms, books and supplies. Additionally, the quality of the education is reduced greatly by the number of students in the classes, which is often over 100 students. The girls in our scholarship program attend high quality schools schools where the class size is less than 50 students. Moreover they receive extra tutoring throughout the year, which helps ensure that they are successful.

Through your support, you are giving hope and confidence to over 70 girls, that they can have a bright future and make a impactful contribution to their communities and their country.

Thank you!

Kara

Kara meets with parents of scholarship recipients
Kara meets with parents of scholarship recipients
Scholarship recipients from the Tsibiri school
Scholarship recipients from the Tsibiri school
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This is an important and stressful time of year for secondary students in Niger.  Later this month, all students in the last year of middle school and high school will take a national exam. Students will not be allowed to move on to high school or university unless they are successful. In Niger, only 5% of students are able to matriculate to high school and less than 1% attend university. Thanks to your support, the 77 girls and young women who receive scholarships from Remember Niger Coalition are well-prepared. They are attending high quality schools where the classes are smaller and their teachers are well trained and truly care about their success.  In addition, they participate in an after-school tutoring program that is designed to help address their weaker areas. 

You may remember Binta, a scholarship recipient who is attending the Hamsa Girls School.  We first introduced you to Binta several years ago.  She was unable to pass the 6th grade national exam to attend middle school.  With extra assistance and a scholarship, she was accepted into the Hamsa Girls School. By the end of the first year, Binta was excelling at the top of her class and has continued to do so throughout middle school.  When asked about her success, she said, “I’m doing better because the classes are smaller, my teachers care about their students, and I’m not afraid to ask questions when I don’t understand something.”  Although nervous, Binta is confident that she will do well on the exam and continue her education into high school.  This is an important step to realizing her dream of becoming a doctor.  We will keep you updated on how Binta and the other scholarship recipients do!

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Houge (in yellow) is studying to be a doctor.
Houge (in yellow) is studying to be a doctor.
Thanks to your generosity, Remember Niger continues to enable girls to go to secondary school through our Girls Scholarship Program.  During the 2021-22 academic school year, Remember Niger is sponsoring girls at secondary school in the towns of Zinder, Tahoua and Tsibiri.  As girls successfully complete high school, it has been our dream to make sure that those girls who want to continue on to university are able to do so. Your contributions to the scholarship program is are making that dream a reality! 

We'd like to introduce you to Hougé, the very first student in the Remember Niger Scholarship Program.  Hougé inspires us because she is a shining example of what a young person can achieve when given the opportunity. When she was in the fifth grade,  Hougé's father passed away and she needed financial assistance to continue her education. Fortunately, Remember Niger was able to extend a scholarship to her. Hougé scored the highest score in the region on the national sixth grade exam and was given the opportunity to go to middle school through Remember Niger's Girls Scholarship Program. She graduated from high school in 2020 and is now attending the university in Niger where she is pursuing a medical degree. She plans to be a doctor so that she can help others in her community.  She also talks passionately about encouraging girls in her family and community to stay in school. Only 9% of Nigerien girls attend middle school and that number goes down to less than 5% for high school.  

Remember Niger works to improve school infrastructure, provide teacher training, and enable students to receive quality education.  Our Girls Scholarship Program, which enables girls to continue their education past primary school and achieve their dreams of being the change in their country, is an integral aspect of our work.  Thank you for your commitment to providing more opportunities for quality education for secondary school girls in Niger.

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Nadia is looking forward to returning to school!
Nadia is looking forward to returning to school!

“Girls who receive an education are less likely to marry young and more likely to lead healthy, productive lives. They earn higher incomes, participate in the decisions that most affect them, and build better futures for themselves and their families. Girls' education strengthens economies and reduces inequality.”*

Dear Friends,

I had the privilege of meeting Nadia during a recent trip to Niger. Nadia is fifteen years old and was forced to leave middle school when she became accutely ill with a kidney disease.  She had to stay in the hospital for several months. When she tried to return to school the director explained that she was no longer enrolled because she had missed too many days of class. Instead of being given the opportunity to repeat the school year, she was told that her education career was over. Like too many other girls in Niger, Nadia is very intelligent and deserves to stay in school to realize her vision for her life.  Her desire is to become a doctor so that she can treat children in her community who need help.

I'm happy to report that thanks to your support Nadia will attend school this year! Nadia's father is thrilled that his daughter has this opportunity.  When we met with him, he readily aggreed that she is very intelligent and belongs back in school.  Unfortunately, he does not have the financial means to to make that happen.  But, because to your generosity, she will be able to continue her education. 

Thank you for helping us provide Nadia and many other girls like her with the gift of education! 

Kara VanderKamp

Executive Director, Remember Niger Coalition

*UNICEF Girls Education

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Girls Scholarship Recipients
Girls Scholarship Recipients

Dear Friends,

There is a common theme among all of our scholarship recipients. They want to go to school and continue their education in order to use their future profession to help their families, neighbors and country. Below are examples of the declarations that I hear every time I talk with the girls and young women in the scholarship program:

“I want to help the people of Niger.”

“I can use my education to help my country develop.”

“I will become a teacher in order to help other children learn and become the people God created them to be.”

“One day, I will open my own school for girls so that I can encourage more girls to continue their education.”

During my visit to Niger a few weeks ago, my heart was touched by the conversations I had with the high school students in our scholarship program.  Mariama spoke passionately about why she wants to become a lawyer.  She explained that there are many, many youth and young adults in the prisons of Niger. They are stuck there for years because they don’t have a lawyer to represent them. She wants to help them. Farida told me that she wants to go into medicine to become a doctor.  She would like to help young children because there are not enough doctors in Niger to treat everyone.  Farida said that it would bring her a lot of joy to be able to help these children. Each of the nine girls told a similar story.  It was clear that they chose their profession because it was what they wanted to do and it would help them help others.

Thank you for supporting these young women who are being empowered through their education to realize their potential, and in so doing, help the people of Niger!

With gratitude, 

Kara VanderKamp
Executive Director, Remember Niger Coalition

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Remember Niger Coalition

Location: Holland, MI - USA
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Twitter: @Remember_Niger
Project Leader:
Kara Vanderkamp
Holland, MI United States
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