Project #6111

Help 80 Secondary Pupils in Niger Read and Write

by Les amis de Hampate Ba

Hampaté Bâ School was recently commended by the UNESCO Representative and by the local education representatives for delivering a program on equity, bullying and prejudice as part and parcel of its curriculum. At a meeting convened by the regional education directorate of Niamey on the 9th of December, the regional director praised Hampaté Bâ’s unique program and asked other schools to follow suit.

 Mr Baro, the school principal, further explained this worthwhile program:

 “We have students from different ethnic groups speaking different languages, we have boys, we have girls, we have albino students, we have students who can’t take part in sports, we have poor students. We need to address these differences because the one thing we don’t want in our school is the ”us and them” mentality. At Hampaté Bâ, it’s all ‘us! ‘”

By the time they enter middle school, many students hold negative stereotypes of people different from them. Teachers at Hampaté Bâ school help reduce prejudice by talking about it directly. They try to serve as role models and give students the tools and strategies needed to form healthy attitudes and foster cooperation and understanding.

My friends and I used to tease a classmate by calling him “little mouse” because he was so tiny. Before I didn’t realize what was wrong with making fun of him, but now I can understand why it is not a nice thing to do.”

To reduce such prejudice, teachers at Hampaté Ba School receive an on- going and bespoke teacher training program. Our charity believes in this vital and very worthy program and we need your help so we can continue to support it.

In a world torn by violence and wars, schools such as Hampaté Bâ can become models of hope for the future.

Your donations will help us make a difference in the world.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

Ready for high school !
Ready for high school !

Such great news for the school year 2015-2016 ! The Hampaté Bâ School has been approved by the Nigerien Ministry of Education to expand into a high school section and has welcomed its first class of 10th grade students this fall. How exciting is that !

The school principal, Mr Baro, says: “We are very proud to be able to welcome eleven sponsored students into our newly opened 10th grade! Four years ago, these students came to our school as functional illiterates and look where they are now! We look forward to working with them in the year ahead. They will be able to make a great start alongside our other students, our teachers and our administrative staff.”

At Hampaté Bâ High School, all students will be working towards obtaining their graduation diploma, regardless of their background. The teachers at the school talk about how students are climbing a mountain towards a high school diploma and, like any challenging expedition, getting there requires a lot of discipline and hard work.

Mr Haougui, the school manager, says : « Our devotion to promoting quality education, computer literacy, arts, and character education is quite unique in Niger. We are not chasing just exam results. We are committed to ensuring that every one of our students feels happy, comfortable and safe at school. »

Indeed, there is lots of support to go along with the school’s high expectations. Thanks to your donations, students receive extra teaching time in numeracy and literacy, and next month, the remedial class teacher will take the new students to visit the Abdou Moumouni University in order to help them see what the summit of their mountain could look like.

We truly appreciate your past participation and any help you can continue to give these students through your donations will allow them to get to the top of the mountain… a high school diploma leading to a university education.

Please consider donating to make these dreams come true and through education, make our world a better place. Thank you so much. You are certainly making a big difference with your generosity!

Staff happy to welcome high school students
Staff happy to welcome high school students
Fatchima and Aziz in 2015
Fatchima and Aziz in 2015

The small stone of your financial support is casting a wider and wider arc in the lives of students such as Aziz and Fatchima as they develop and flourish.

Aziz has come a long way since he was first sponsored by our Association, les Amis de Hampaté Bâ, in 2011. When Aziz first came to Hampaté Bâ School in 6th grade, he was a bright and well behaved student, although very timid and shy. However, now he has matured into a confident young adolescent who has just received his BEPC (9th grade diploma).  “The sponsorship has changed my life and I’m really looking forward to starting high school next year”, he says smiling.

He is one of the deserving beneficiaries of your generosity and not only has he learned to read and write, but he has become a star student. The next academic year, he will enter high school. The first one in his family to do so!

As for Fatchima, in four years, she has grown into a lovely talented young girl, full of life, and nurturing the dream of attending university. “Not many girls get to go to university, either because they are too poor or because they never get the chance to finish secondary school. I’m so lucky to have profited from the special tutoring program at Hampaté Bâ. For me it is very important to make my sponsors proud by succeeding in my studies.”

Our charity believes that education is the best foundation for building a better life for our students and the surrounding community. This is why we are dedicated to providing the opportunity of schooling and special tutoring classes to students like Aziz and Fatchima who are gifted and eager to learn, but are financially challenged. The more donors we have, the more we will be able to help underprivileged children get a quality education.

We hope that generous donors around the world will join us in this great cause!

Thank you so much!



Fatchima and Aziz in 2011
Fatchima and Aziz in 2011
Fatchima with a friend
Fatchima with a friend
Aziz with his friends
Aziz with his friends

Farida’s mother never went to school, but she clearly sees the benefit of sending her daughter to school, especially one as innovative as Hampaté Bâ Middle School: “Schooling opens the minds and the eyes of my daughter. Thanks to her knowledge, my family will be lifted out of darkness because she will learn many things that will be useful.”

Our organisation’s sponsorship programme is well into its fourth year of identifying high potential young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and giving them the opportunity to realise their potential in a school that is child-friendly and offers quality education.

Farida and her mother have embraced this opportunity and have fully invested themselves in what Hampaté Bâ has to offer. Even though Mrs Habi is illiterate and cannot help her daughter directly with her homework, she makes sure that all the house chores are not assigned to Farida as it is the custom in Niger. “My daughter has to concentrate on her schoolwork and so I make sure that she has enough time for that and I don’t burden her with house chores.”

When Farida first came to Hampaté Bâ, she could not read and write at the required level. The remedial program at our school to assist students in difficulty did wonders for her and other students by using a learning approach based on first UNDERSTANDING and only then MEMORIZING. As a result, some of these students have experienced almost two-year improvements in their reading and spelling ages as well as gaining self-confidence. “I was having problems with my school work, but the training helped me to improve my reading, spelling and writing. I am doing much better in class now and I feel better about myself. I will continue to work hard and also help other students,” says Farida with a radiant smile on her face.

Thanks to your on-going support, we are able to offer new scholarships annually to underprivileged girls entering 6th grade and open a whole new world of learning to them. Just like Farida, new students every year are reaping the rewards of quality education offered by Hampaté Bâ Middle School. Look at the results! Attendance has increased significantly, student performance has improved, there are fewer repeats and drop outs, and presently the number of girls enrolled is actually higher than the number of boys!!

We are opening doors and making a difference in the lives of underprivileged Nigerien boys and girls thanks to your donations. If you are an existing donor, we thank you sincerely for your continual support. If you are not, we invite you to consider helping us make a difference. All amounts are welcome! Thank you.

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.


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Les amis de Hampate Ba

Location: Paris - France
Website: http:/​/​​home_en.htmlg
Project Leader:
Thierry B
Paris, France

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