We had the opportunity to meet with three scholarship recipients today. These young ladies are wonderfully intelligent and so friendly. It was truly a pleasure to get to know them on a more personal level. When we asked them why they wanted to stay in school, they said they are determined to stay in school, to graduate, and to get jobs because “they want to be able to help their brothers and sisters who are coming after them.”
Aichatou (right) is 18 years old and lives with her parents. She attended the Catholic school for primary school, and she went to a public middle school. Instead of going to high school she made the decision to go to professional school to focus on marketing. This is an option In the Nigerien education system. She had been attending the professional school for one year when her parents told her that she could not continue to go to school. Instead, they wanted her to get married, and so they would no longer pay the tuition. However, when she was offered a scholarship through RNC, her parents let her stay in school.
Salamatou (left) is 21 years old and lives with her parents. She attended one year of high school and then switched to the professional school to study marketing. Salamatou could not attend school without a scholarship since her father is currently unemployed.
Jamila (right) is 18 years old and lives with her husband and two children. Her husband is in the National Guard. Her daughter is nearly 5 years old and her son is one year old. It’s not easy for her to go to school and take care of her children and complete all of the household duties, but she is determined. In fact, at the end of the last semester, she had some of the best scores in the school. When I asked her about her children, she said that she wants her children to go to school and graduate from university. She would not be able to continue with her studies without a scholarship.