Sustainable Educational Communities
Creating self-sufficient and sustainable educational communities is an essential component of our mission.
Each Remember Niger Coalition partner school is in a different stage of development, which begins with construction and continues with the addition of enrichment programs. With continued support, all of our partner schools will reach full student capacity through our student sponsorship program and build community confidence, which leads to higher enrollment.
Community confidence is achieved through the quality of our academic enrichment programs which help each student perform their best and maintain a positive attitude in school. We plan for all our partner schools to have literacy and technology support, teacher development, and full sponsorship programs within a timeframe that is sustainable for each schools’ leadership capacity and in reflection to their expressed needs.
We need your help in investing in:
- Solar panels and equipment to make the panels operational.
- Solar powered well equipment.
- Funds to support construction and ongoing maintenance.
Student Sponsorships and Scholarships
Providing support for students is key for the schools in Niger. Sponsorships and scholarships provide tuition assistance and much more.
Our partners in Niger strive to provide quality educational opportunities that are accessible to girls and boys, rich and poor, Muslims and Christians. In order to reach this goal a student scholarship fund has been created for school fees and costs, which include books and classroom supplies, room and board (for boarding students), and medical and hygiene care.
Sponsorship (primary school) and scholarship (secondary school) donations are combined with gifts from all other sponsors who support kids in Niger. There are two different ways in which these funds are used.
- First, the fees and costs are wholly or partially covered for students who are orphaned or abandoned, come from a disadvantaged family, or are students of Nigerien missionaries.
- Second, funds are used to defray some of the operating costs of schools because of the discrepancy between the cost of tuition charged for all students and the “real cost” of educating a child in Niger.
The reality of the economic situation in Niger is such that the majority of families are unable to afford the actual cost. Thus, tuition and schooling costs are subsidized in order to make it possible for all students to attend.
- Primary School Sponsorships: $360/year or $30/month
- Secondary School Scholarships: $600/year or $50/month
Build and Furnish Schools
We work with our partners in Niger to build a permanent and lasting future for children in Niger.
Pre-schools and Primary Schools
Generally, local leaders start new primary schools with a pre-school and kindergarten and then add a class each year until 6th grade. While these schools often begin in existing community buildings, space runs out quickly and within a few years new buildings must be constructed.
School construction is completed in two phases with each phase consisting of a single three-classroom block. Once the classrooms have been completed they must be equipped with desks, chalkboards, shelves, computers and supplies.
Secondary and Other Schools
The Remember Niger Coalition also seeks to support the construction of secondary schools or other projects that benefit the most needy children in Niger.
Gifts supporting our Facility program go towards construction, wells, solar panels, latrines, gardens, hand-washing stations and other projects as requested by our Nigerien partners.
- Construct one classroom block = $45,000 – $50,000
- Wells, solar panels, latrines, hand-washing stations and supplies = range from $100 – $5,000
- Books, supplies, desks, beds = range from $40 per student to $120 per desk/bed
Teacher Training and Administrative Scholarships
Training provides students with high quality education and expands opportunities for teachers.
Our partners in Niger endeavor to train teachers who are excited and prepared to teach and establish institutions where values are taught and modeled, as well as model an effective and transformative educational program for Niger.
In order to accomplish these goals it is necessary to send current and aspiring teachers for further training. In a predominately Islamic country where there is already a lack of qualified teachers it is challenging to find enough teachers to meet the demand at new and existing schools. Therefore, as schools are built it is necessary to train more teachers.
- Teacher Training Scholarship (one teacher) = $2,000
- Masters of Administration Degree (one teacher) = $4,000
Health, Nutrition and Hygiene
Providing students with good health contributes to their academic success, improves their quality of life, and prevents disease. Learning about healthy habits and disease prevention in school encourages better choices throughout life.
The Food and Garden Program was created to ensure that students receive at least one meal per day. (One location is a boarding school, so the Food Program there is especially important.) We also invest in the gardens, particularly for the boarding school. The garden serves several very important roles:
- Provides much needed additional nutrition for the students, teachers and administrators
- Helps the schools cope with the effects of drought, erratic rains and fluctuating food prices
- Provides a teaching opportunity – students learn about growing conditions, plants and much more.
Technology skills are an important piece of education for all children. Computer lab installation and training for teachers have been the focus of past trips to Niger.
Several computer labs (computers, desks, electrical and more) and training sessions have been provided. The computer labs have refurbished computers and basic software.
- In-kind donations of refurbished computers that meet the needs of the schools in Niger are always welcome. Please contact us for more information.
- Gifts ranging from $200 to $5,000 are needed for equipment and technology training.