Supporting girls' education in Niger

Staff and students worldwide raised $165,000 to get this ambitious project off the ground in Dosso and Tillaberi Districts, Niger. The project will directly benefit approximately 5,000 students including 1,800 girls from 20 targeted villages.

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The need

Many children are under pressure to help with family incomes by working at a young age. Poor facilities, sub-standard conditions and uninspiring teaching can prevent children from enrolling in school or lead to high drop-out rates, robbing them of the potential of a different future away from poverty. Girls in particular are likely to be kept away from school. Only 58.6% of school-aged girls were enrolled in 2009 and of these, only 38.6% completed the primary school cycle.

What we aim to achieve

The aim of this project is to support girls’ access to education by promoting a safe, clean, friendly and stimulating environment where girls could experience quality learning without threats and gender based violence and bullying. With initial fundraising complete, the development can begin, managed by the experienced NGO, Plan International. This includes community training about girls’ rights, the construction of school latrines, purchasing teaching and learning resources, and planning and installing playgrounds.

The impact

On completion, we will have installed 20 latrines and hand-washing blocks, provided clean drinking water in classrooms, and trained staff, pupils and community members in the importance of girls’ education. We expect the project to increase the girls’ enrolment rate by 10%, reduce the girls’ drop-out rate by at least 50% and ensure a 98% attendance rate for girls, giving hundreds of girls new opportunities they would never otherwise have had.

We help to set up school committees and parent and student associations to supervise and monitor a sustainable worthwhile project of value to the students, staff and community