The Remember Niger Coalition’s focus is to expand quality educational opportunities for all children. However, like other poor countries, the educational barriers for girls in Niger are much higher than for boys. 76% of girls are often married very young, and when a parent must choose financially between educating a girl or not, they choose not to in poorer regions. Given international statistics on literacy (27% of women are literate) and school attendance beyond primary school (less than 9% of girls), we are making the effort to establish programs that encourage girls to matriculate and show parents the benefits of girls’ education.
Scholarships for Girls and Women – Beyond Primary School
There are too many Nigerien women whose dreams have yet to be realized because they were not allowed to continue their education beyond primary school. Instead of becoming teachers, doctors, school directors, and so on, they were forced to marry at a young age. We are providing scholarships to girls and young women so they are able to continue their education beyond primary school, which includes secondary school, vocational education, professional school, and university. Also, we are partnering with a local association to create a girls’ education center that will include secondary school, vocational and job training and a recovery program.
Immediate and Future Impact of Girls’ Advancement Programs
With a push to reduce the barriers to girls’ education in primary school, we are working to raise attendance rates in secondary and high school. Each girl will be empowered through education to make healthy life choices and overcome inequality. As girls become mothers responsible for the care of families, it is important they have the tools necessary to raise the next generation out of poverty.
Sources for data above:
UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016
UN Human Development Index and the Gender Development Index