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The Primary School Classroom Building in Madaoua

Aguie School Community

The Aguie School Community was established in 2007 with 15 students in one pre-primary class. The school has shown consistent growth since that time, and it is now a strong and thriving community with 377 students in pre-primary through 6th grade.

Looking to the future:

The pre-primary school construction is underway, and the permanent 2-classroom building is expected to be complete in 2018. Additionally, the community’s 3-year plan includes the construction of a security wall around the perimeter of the school property.

Dogondoutchi School Community

The Dogondoutchi School Community was established in 2014 with one pre-primary class and 17 students. The first 3-classroom permanent school structure was completed in September 2017 and opened its doors in October of that year. The school boasts 53 students in pre-primary through 2nd grade.

Looking to the future:

A second 3-classroom school building that will provide space for more than 150 students will be constructed. The 3-5 year plan includes the construction of gender-specific latrines, a 2-classroom pre-primary school building, and a security wall around the perimeter of the school community.

Hamsa Girls’ Education Center

The Hamsa Girls Education Center (Centre Hamsa pour l’Education des Filles “C.H.E.F”) under local community leadership will provide safe formal and informal learning spaces for adolescent girls and young women in Niger. The center aims to support more than 125 girls between the ages of 10 and 22 annually.

In Niger, only 9% of girls continue school after 6th grade. The number of girls who matriculate to high school and college is even smaller, and 75% of girls marry early. The goal of the Hamsa Center is to reverse these statistics through a quality, gender-sensitive education by providing adolescent girls the support, life skills and resources needed to become leaders.

Situated in the heart of the Tahoua region, the Hamsa Center will be the only all-girls middle and high school with wrap-around services for out-of-school adolescent girls. The Center provides a culturally sensitive, yet progressive array of programs that include tutoring for exam remediation and advancement, mentoring, technology instruction, retraining skills, and scholarships for vulnerable students.

Read more about the Hamsa Girls’ Education Center.

Madaoua School Community

The Madaoua School Community was established in 2014 by local church and community leaders who were dedicated to starting school with a Kindergarten class, followed by constructing the first of two buildings. The first 3-classroom building was completed 2015.

Looking to the future:

The school is thriving, and additional permanent classroom buildings are needed.

The Maradi Center for People with Disabilities

Le Centre des Handicapés Locomoteurs de Maradi (CHLM) is a dynamic resource and vocational training center for people with disabilities in Maradi. In addition to vocational training that is provided to adults, the center established a tutoring program for children with disabilities and children whose parents have disabilities. RNC provided support for school supplies in 2017 for this program for the second year in a row.

Looking to the future:

The leaders of the Maradi Center for People with Disabilities have a plan to create a safe and sustain-able school community for children with disabilities and children whose parents or family members have disabilities. Often, it is the children who become constant “helpers” or “guides” for family members with disabilities and, therefore, are excluded from the formal education system. The envisioned school will recover many of these students. The Remember Niger Coalition will help the leaders of this community acquire a land grant from the Nigerien government where the school community will be established. The first 3-classroom building will be constructed by 2021.

Niamey School Community

The property that now houses the Niamey School Community had been acquired some time ago, and a wall surrounding the area already existed. Construction on two permanent 3-classroom buildings were completed by 2016. Now, there is space for all primary school grades to be taught at this site, bringing the Niamey school one step closer to actualizing the vision of a multi-level educational complex.

Niamey School for the Deaf

The Niamey School for the Deaf was officially established in 1980. It found a permanent home in 1982 when the Nigerien government provided land to the Niamey Association for the Deaf. Since that time, the school has operated a primary school that also serves as an informal community center for the deaf community in Niamey. Many former students spend time on the campus and eat daily meals there. The school is well over capacity with 165 students attending 1st grade – 6th grade. Critical needs include teacher training so that all of the teachers are fluent in American Sign language (ASL), additional teachers so that there are two teachers in every classroom, a consistent food supply for daily meals for students, teachers, staff and other deaf community members, and a middle school so that students are able to receive a quality education past primary school from ASL trained teachers.

Looking to the future:

Goals include transforming the school garden into a thriving teaching garden that enhances the nutritional value of the student meals and helps create a consistent source of food. When complete there will be a solar-powered well with a water tower, an additional half-acre of productive land, and a part-time instructor and manager. Additionally, it is critical that a middle school is constructed and established by 2021.

Salama School Community

The Salama School Community was established in 2016 with 10 pre-primary students. A second pre-primary class was added in 2017 and there are now 17 students.

Looking to the future:

The school community will move from its temporary location to its permanent property when the 3-classroom school building is constructed in the summer. Additionally, a security wall is planned to be built around the perimeter of the school property this year.

Tsibiri School Community

The Tsibiri School Community was established as a boarding school in 1976. In the mid-1980s, day-students from the local community were admitted. Today, there are 218 day-students and 228 boarding students, for a total of 446 students. The Tsibiri School Community has a reputation as one of the best primary schools in Niger. This is due in large part to its nearly 100% annual pass rate on the 6th grade exam, its computer lab, and the nutritious daily meals that are served to the majority of students. The meals are supplemented by produce from the school garden.

Looking to the future:

One goal is to convert the boarding school to solar power. The school will benefit greatly from the consistency and cost savings of solar electricity. Boarding students use electricity to power lights in the evening for studying, and for fans to cool themselves while they sleep. Additionally, the school boasts the first regional computer lab in a primary school, which would benefit from solar power.

The 3-5-year plan includes adding three more primary school classes. The school is extremely popular, and students must be turned away annually. Hundreds more children will have access to a quality education each year with the construction of a 3-classroom building. Additionally, improvements will be made to the dormitories by painting them and adding more bunk beds with mosquito nets. This will provide space for more disadvantaged students from rural villages to receive a high-quality education.

Zinder School Community

The Zinder School Community was established in 2007 with one pre-primary class for 27 students. It is now a thriving complex with pre-primary, primary and middle school classes and 689 students.

Looking to the future:

The Zinder School Community will add gender-specific latrines for the middle school students and will complete construction on 3 additional primary school classrooms. Construction of a permanent library and computer lab is planned within the next 3 years.