The Kollo Girls School will be an expansion of the Remember Niger Coalition Girls Education Initiative. Remember Niger Coalition (Remember Niger) will work with our Partner Hosanna Institute of the Sahel (HIS) to construct classrooms and other capital projects, as well as provide student sponsorships and scholarships, teacher training, support for student meals. The Kollo Girls School will use the same system of growth utilized by our other partners. HIS has acquired a piece of land near the Niger River for the school. The first phase of construction will include: a three-classroom building for preschool and kindergarten, a security wall, and latrines. Ultimately, the vision for this school is to provide education to girls in preschool through high school with a dormitory for girls who live in rural areas.
HIS was founded by Yacouba and Renate Seydou with the purpose of addressing the needs of the people of Niger and raising up the next generation of Nigerien Christian leaders in order to positively transform their country. Their current projects include a women’s clinic (located in Kollo), a radio and television studio, a divinity school, ministry to the disabled, and much more.
Remember Niger began its partnership with HIS in 2018 with the establishment of the School of Hope for Children with disabilities in Maradi, Niger. During a recent visit to Kollo, Pastor Yacouba facilitated a meeting for Kara and Ibrahim with the mayor of Kollo to discuss the project with him. He was very happy and supportive of the project. He said that he was, “thankful that this door of education would be opened for the girls in the community.” Remember Niger is looking forward to our continued partnership with HIS to create a brighter future for generations of girls in Kollo and throughout Niger.
Vision for Kollo Girls School
Through their work at the clinic in Kollo, Yacouba and Renate have met many young girls who were married when they were just children. According to UNICEF Niger has the highest rate of childhood marriage in the world. As a result of childhood marriage and giving birth at such a young age many girls developed Obstetric Fistulas. Fistulas become infected and create a foul odor which often results in the girls being rejected and divorced by their husbands, leaving them to care for themselves and the young children. Yacouba and Renate realized the impact education could have on these young girls if they just had the opportunity. Along with serving girls in the community, this school would also provide a safe space where these young girls will be able to catch up on their learning through remediation programs and continue their education through high school and beyond.
As with all our schools, our goal for Kollo Girls School is to become self-sufficient. With such a large population of young girls and women in the community, it is possible for the school to grow at a steady rate. Once a school has established a reputation of excellence, parents who are able to afford the tuition and fees will send their girls to the school. Remember Niger anticipates it will take 4-6 years for the school to become self-sufficient.
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