A 40 year old school teacher, Mr Abdourahmane, at Hampaté Bâ Middle School in Niamey, is really making a difference. He has been able to ignite a spark of interest in previously discouraged learners who otherwise would have continued to struggle with even the most basic literacy skills.
In Niger, teaching children to read and write is a significant challenge. For the majority of students, French is their third or even fourth language. Often, they are being taught by teachers who lack the skills and resources to create inspiring or creative opportunities for students to interact with written texts.
Amadou was getting D's and F's in most of his school subjects. Like other low skilled readers, he was very self conscious of his reading ability and tried to hide his poor reading skills. But very quickly, his teachers realized that, even though this shy young boy was in sixth grade, he could barely read or write. He was thus referred to the special remedial sessions taught by Mr Abdourahmane.
"This program is giving Amadou the opportunity to significantly improve his reading skills. He has grown in confidence", says Mr Abdourahmane, and his results have improved not only in French, but also in all of the other subjects. If students cannot read, they cannot be independent learners. That is why I take my work so seriously."
Without this remedial program, Amadou would still be struggling with a strong chance of failing the 6th grade. And because of this, his parents would most likely have taken him out of school.
Your donations are important to us and are a big help to these worthy students. Your generosity enables us to fund special courses for students like Amadou and keep them in school by improving their results and bringing them up to level. By teaching them to read and write, we avoid student drop-out. Thank you for helping us to help these students to get educated, improve their future and contribute to Niger as a whole.
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