The vision of the Kollo Girls School is to create a safe learning space for girls to receive a high-quality education. The school opened its doors with 30 kindergarten and first grade students in November 2021. When complete, the school will provide education to girls in grades preschool through high school. The school will utilize the STEAM education approach that teaches the girls to be curious and to think critically and creatively about the world around them. They will be the future leaders and problem-solvers in their communities and country.
Karen Pepin, Remember Niger Sponsorship Coordinator, shares her experience visiting with students and family members at the school:
"The Kollo Girls’ School opened its doors and classes began in November. During my visit to the school, I met with the students who will receive sponsorships and their caregivers. Most of the girls are orphaned and live with their grandparents or aunts. The girls were identified and selected for the program by the female mayor of Kollo. It was so powerful to have her standing in front of the girls as we talked about the importance of education and staying in school. Several of the grandmothers told us how they weren't allowed to go to school when they were young and they regretted it. Fati (the woman pictured in the green outfit) said that when she asked her father if she could go to school, his response was always, "Go pound the millet!". And now, thanks to the generosity of Remember Niger supporters, her granddaughter is attending school.
I cannot thank you enough for helping to make this possible. What began as a dream is now a reality. I’m always amazed when I look at the happy and active children learning and playing in the school building and on the land where, not too long ago, there was nothing but sand and bushes. It’s an honor to partner with you and be a part of God’s work in this way."