The Remember Niger Coalition is supporting education for girls and young women by providing more opportunities for secondary school and advanced degrees.For girls who are educated beyond primary school, the likelihood of an early marriage is reduced significantly. Furthermore, the longer a girl stays in school, the less likely she is to be married before the age of 18. With pregnancy and childbirth before the age of 18 leading to a number of complications, including both maternal and infant mortality, there are numerous reasons to push for girls to stay in school.
Scholarships for girls and young women Remember Niger Coalition provides scholarships to girls and young women in order to raise attendance rates in secondary school and empower young women. Remember Niger Coalition partners with secondary schools and educational institutions that provide formal school opportunities and technical training post-primary school. The program was launched in 2016 with 24 scholarship recipients. In 2019, we teamed up with Global Giving to provide scholarships to 72 girls and young women across four different programs and schools.
The Remember Niger Coalition also works with partner organizations that provide housing for women from rural villages to attend secondary school in cities, as well as one organization that helps women obtain professional and advanced degrees in computer science and business.With each of these partners, RNC provides critical scholarships that make it possible for women to participate.
Hamsa Girls Education Center The Remember Niger Coalition has partnered with the Hamsa Girls' Education Center since 2016, when we constructed a solar water well and security compound wall around the school. In 2017 and 2018, we provided 5 latrines and 4 classrooms. The Center began with the first class of middle school and has significant plans to grow over the next four years. By 2022, the Center will enroll 150 full-time students and 75 students in its out-of school programs.
Through a culturally sensitive, diverse approach that offers both formal educational opportunities such as tutoring and test support, as well as skills training, the Hamsa Center aims to help break the cycle of multi-dimensional poverty, reduce early marriage rates through sensitization, and improve the overall quality of life for this generation of young women and generations to come. Under local community leadership, the Hamsa Girls Education Center provides a safe space that offers both formal and informal learning opportunities for adolescent girls and young women in Niger.