The girls at the Amadou Hampaté Bâ Middle School in Niamey, Niger are lucky to be able to attend a girls-only program and discuss questions like this:
Does being a girl limit you?
Does it have to limit you?
What do you like about being a girl?
What don’t you like about being a girl?
Do you ever wish you were a different gender? Why or why not?
In Niger, as in many other countries, it is hard to be a girl. Our association is lowering the hurdles that stand in a girls’ way, by helping the Hampaté Bâ Middle School run a girl empowerment program, thus giving the girl students an outlet to discuss issues concerning them, their aspirations for the future, giving them room to spread their wings, and providing them with an opportunity to shine.
Amina : I had fun learning in this class and felt an important part of the group.
Hadizatou: The program has helped me enjoy school more. I hope I'll be able to participate in this class next year again.
Not only Amina and Hadizatou, but all the girls attending the program unanimously agreed that the program had helped them become more confident and more positive about their future.
ACHIEVEMENTS IN GENDER EQUALITY IN EDUCATION
For the school year 2013/2014 we have 14 new girls who have obtained scholarships to attend the Hampaté Ba Middle School and will attend our girl empowerment program for the first time. Want to know more about this project and why it is important? Read on !
- Special Girls-Only Class Part of the Curriculum allowing girls to discuss with a specialized teacher and have a voice about issues concerning girls and health, hygiene, families, child-raising and learn skills such as cooking and sewing. The girls-only program addresses issues such as gender inequality with the goal of promoting self-confidence, self-esteem, and critical thinking . as well as reinforcing the capacities and worth of a woman in society.
- School environment This project creates a supportive school environment which is a key element in ensuring that girls are able to succeed academically and socially. By expanding our program over the past several years, we have acquired the ability to improve the girl-friendliness and academic achievement levels and make our school an enriching environment
- Teachers have been trained to ensure gender equality with all the girl students and are aware of gender equality in the classroom.
- Parents Goals help parents understand the benefits of educating their daughters, such as health and high earning potential.
- Goals Helping girls to stay in secondary school has always been a primary goal of our Girls’ Education program. Helping girls develop the skills they need to make key life decisions is even better!
- Proud and dreaming big! Some of our girl students are now speaking about how they are succeeding in school despite overwhelming obstacles. Many of the girls in our program are the first in their families to attend secondary school. This encourages them to dream big.
- Theatre Project The barriers that keep girls from going to secondary school in Africa at the same rate as their male peers because of tradition and cultural bias often stands in the way. We encourage the boys in our school to join the conversation and become active participants and we hope to use the power of the theater in the near future to support gender equality.
We believe it is possible to effect long-term change on the educational landscape for girls.
We know you believe in the importance of keeping girls in school. Your contributions have already helped support our achievements in Gender Equality with our program so far.
We are counting on you to help us to turn the tide ! We need your continued support in giving these girls the joy of a quality education. Thank you !