CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
The Remember Niger Coalition is committed to supporting all Nigeriens in accessing quality educational opportunities, particularly those who are underrepresented in education and have the fewest opportunities in Niger, including children with disabilities.
The School of Hope
The Remember Niger Coalition partners with the Maradi Association for People with Disabilities and the Hosanna Institute and in 2019 worked together with these partners to establish the School of Hope, a school specifically designed for children with disabilities and children whose parents are disabled.
The three-classroom building was completed in November 2019 with one class ready for use in October when the school year began with 20 kindergarten students. This is the first phase in establishing a primary through high school complex for all children, including students with learning differences and unique needs. When complete, the school will serve over 600 students.
The design of the School of Hope classrooms takes into consideration issues of accessibility and barrier-free spaces, including handrails, wide doorways, and access ramps. Construction included the installation of four accessible latrines and hand-washing stations, customized to meet the special needs of the disabled community.
The Niamey School for the Deaf
The Niamey School for the Deaf serves over 160 elementary children each year, but because of resource and space constraints, the school has not been able to offer middle school level education to students. Students who complete elementary level education at the Niamey School for the Deaf are eligible to move on to middle school in mainstream public schools. Since 2007, 62 students have left the Niamey School for the Deaf to attend mainstream public school. Seven of those students have successfully moved on to high school and only one student has graduated from high school.
Together, we are improving the academic level and test results of students by implementing a three-pronged strategy, which includes teacher training, creating a resource center, and establishing an inclusive secondary school on the deaf school campus.