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
Scholarship recipients pick up books & supplies
Scholarship recipients pick up books & supplies

I'm happy to report that the school year has started in Niger!  Thanks to you, all of the girls and young women in the Remember Niger Coalition Scholarship Program received their uniforms, books and school supplies and are attending classes.  This includes the nine scholarship recipients at the newly constructed Zinder High School, who are in the photo above. Mariam, pictured in the green patterned outfit in the middle of the girls, has been in our program since 7th grade.  At that time, she wrote the following letter:

Dear Sponsor,

             I am writing this little letter to greet you and thank you for the support I receive from you for my studies. I am 12 years old and I am today in grade 7 of the middle school. I am the eldest of my family and I have 5 brothers and sisters. I am very happy to be in school because we have to have girls succeed in school. So your support is very important to me.

            I love my parents a lot. And I help them in their work at home. At school I am very happy with my class friends. I love to study and succeed in life and later I would be a pride for my country.

           In Niger, it is very hot up to 45 °Celsius (113 °Fahrenheit). There is not much rain during the winter season. We have only 3 months of rain per year and 9 months of drought.

          Thanks again and thank you,

         Mariam

Mariam is now in the 11th grade and is making great progress in her studies! Because of your generosity, Mariam and the other girls in the program will be able to continue their education through secondary school and beyond.  That's a very big deal in a country where only 5% of students go on to high school.

I cannot thank you enough for your support.  We greatly appreciate your partnership.

Sincerely,

Kara VanderKamp

 

 

Mariam with her family
Mariam with her family
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Kara accepts hand made gift crafted by Mari.
Kara accepts hand made gift crafted by Mari.

Dear friends,

Thank you for giving girls in Niger the opportunity to attend secondary school. You are making a tremendous difference in their lives!

The girls and young women who receive scholarships through the Remember Niger Coalition Girls Scholarship Fund would not be able to go to school without your generosity. I wanted to share with you these heartfelt words written by one of our scholarship recipients. Her name is Mariama and she attends the Zinder school. Your support is truly changing lives, which Mariama expresses well in her letter:

Hello, to you my sponsor. It is with great joy full of love that I write you this little letter in which I summarize for you my life as an African. I am Mariama but most people call me Mari. I am in ninth grade at school. I’ve gone to this school since kindergarten. I live with my family. Each morning mom gets up to make breakfast: corn cake, tea, sometimes some really good moringa, called “copto.” Here in Africa, any girl who doesn’t go to school will find herself out in the street, selling onions and bread that she has to make, or else forced into marriage. Thanks to you, we have escaped that life full of difficulty. I do my best at school. Thank you very much.

Thank you for your gifts that are helping Mari and many others to reach their full potential because they are receiving a quality education.

With gratitude,

Kara 

Mari attends Zinder Middle School
Mari attends Zinder Middle School
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The Importance of Scholarships for Middle and High School Aged Girls in Niger

Girls in Niger face significant barriers to obtaining education. Niger ranks among the top five poorest countries in the world. The economic position of the country directly impacts girls’ access to education. With limited resources, families in Niger prioritize boys education and keep girls home to help with house and agricultural work.

Another important barrier to education in Niger is the incidence of early marriage. Overall in Niger, 28% of girls are married before the age of 15 and 76% are married before their 18th birthday (Girls Not Brides).

Scholarships provided by Remember are an effective tool to remove the economic barrier to girls’ education. Families with limited financial resources are more likely to send/support their daughters’ education when there is not a financial impact associated with it.

Remember Niger works in partnership with schools to outreach to families with daughters approaching middle school and with daughters that are already out of school. Outreach activities include providing information on scholarship opportunities for girls as well as information/data on the economic value of educating girls. These approaches support families in their decisions to keep or send their daughters to school.

The benefits of educating girls in Niger are immense. A study from the World Bank estimates that each year of middle school level education provided to a girl provides a 25% increase in her future earnings. Further, providing opportunities for girls to stay in school at the secondary level, delays instances early marriage and brings about the benefits associated with girls getting married and starting families later in life.

Hougé – A Remarkable Scholarship Student

Hougé is a very successful 12th grade scholarship student. She was the first student in the Remember Niger sponsorship program. When she was in the fifth grade at the Zinder primary school, her father passed away and she was in need of financial assistance to attend school. RNC was  able to extend a sponsorship to her so that she could continue her education at the Zinder school. Hougé scored the highest score in the region on the national sixth grade exam. She has remained in school and she continues to excel. She plans to attend university and then she would like to establish a school for girls in her community.

“The thing I wish for, after I pass my exams, is to be useful for Niger. To encourage girls to go to school so they can be useful to our country – and I also have the goal of encouraging my family to enroll their children in school, to put them in a wonderful life like I’m in. And for my community, I want to build a school for girls, to help them like others helped me. That’s what I hope for, once I’ve earned my diploma and found work – I’m going to build a school just to help girls have access to an education.” -Hougé 

Thank you again for your continued support of secondary school girls. We currently have 75 girls receiving scholarships because of your support. 

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Thank you for giving the gift of education to girls in Niger through the Remember Niger Scholarship Program!  I just returned from Niger where I saw in concrete ways how you are changing lives through your thoughtfulness and generosity.  As I traveled throughout the country, the two words I heard most often were, “Thank you!” Thank you from the girls, their parents, their teachers and the leaders of the schools they attend. They are very grateful for this opportunity that you are giving them in a country where only one out of ten girls attend secondary school.

I had the pleasure of meeting the mothers of three scholarship recipients at the Hamsa Girls’ Education Center, which Remember Niger supports.  Each of the mothers had limited experiences in school, yet, they all saw the importance of their girls receiving a quality education beyond primary school. The first mother I spoke with, Zeinab went through primary school, however, her father died when she was young and the family could not afford to send her to middle school.  She married at a young age instead.  Chefautou’s parents sent her to primary school, but after 1stgrade, she refused to go back. Barkisa did not attend school.  When asked why, she replied that it just wasn’t an option in her family.  

All of the mothers believe that, "it’s important for girls to go to school in today’s world."  It will help them manage their families later in life and they can get jobs. They are thankful for the scholarships, because without them, they are certain that their daughters would not be in school. Instead, it's likely that they would be married, starting their own families. All three of the girls attended the first year of the public middle school, but they did not pass and had to redo the year.  Their mothers said that the Hamsa School is different from the public school because "the teachers teach well and care."  They do not move on to the next lesson until they are certain that the girls understand.  That is the reason Bienta has the best scores in her class this year despite having had to redo the first year of middle school two times.  She is a shy girl and does not have the confidence to ask questions in a class of 75-80 students, which is the situation at the public school.  At the Hamsa School she feels comfortable asking questions and will tell the teacher when she doesn’t understand a lesson.

The mothers desire for their daughters to have a better life than they had.  They don’t want their daughters' lives to be all about survival.  Instead, they want them to learn and develop and have more experiences than they had.

Thank you for your gift of scholarships to secondary school girls!

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Your gift of scholarships to secondary school girls in Niger goes beyond tuition and fees. Your support builds confidence and dreams within these young women as they learn their value and potential through education. I hope you enjoy learning about Binta, who receives a scholarship from the Remember Niger Coalition. I will be going to Niger in October and I look forward to keeping you updated on the difference you are making in the lives of Binta and her classmates. Thank you for your important, life-changing gift.

Binta enjoys being a student and says that it has inspired her to pursue a career in medicine. However, before the opportunity to attend secondary school, continuing her education wasn’t a possibility. Binta’s family lives in a remote area outside of the city. Without access to free, reliable transportation, Binta had no way of commuting to and from school. Because of your support, her tuition is covered and she also receives free transportation to school. Thanks to you, Binta was able to return to school full-time. Binta says that she, “loves school and my studies. When I finish school I want to be a doctor.”

With gratitude,

Kara

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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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