Project 51: Quality education for all children in Nguigmi

Country(ies) involved: Niger Children and youngsters supported: 3209

Combating school drop-out and improving the learning conditions in the Eastern border region of Niger.

Country: Niger.
Beneficiairies: 3 209.
Budget: € 63 062.

Project

In Niger, less than 30% of the school-age children (aged 5 to 14) are enrolled in school (source: World Bank, 2012). Those who re don’t receive quality education and don’t acquire the skills needed to continue with secondary education. At least 2/3 of the pupils who complete primary education don’t master reading, writing and numeracy. The drop-out rate is 90%, of which 70% are girls. Although the Nigerien government claims that the gratuity of education up to the age of 16 effective, it is far from being the reality: many parents still need to pay for school equipment. The Eastern border region of Niger is threatened by Boko Haram. School drop outs become easy targets for the propaganda of this extremist group.

The project aims at combating school drop-out and improving the learning conditions in this region, with the idea that education is the best protection against extremism. It will consist in equipping 8 primary schools with school kits (school books) for pupils of levels CI to CM2. The performance of the pupils as well as how these books are handled will be closely monitored during the 24 months of the project. Youth group “Baboul” from Nguigmi will be involved in raising awareness amongst the children so as to ensure continuity in the project.
Moreover, the project promoter AIDN together with the IDAY-Niger coalition will advocate at local, national and international levels to promote quality education accessible to all in the region. They will promote the approach for the authorities to take it over and scale it up in all the regions of Niger that are affected by Boko Haram.

Expected results
– 3209 pupils of classes CI – CM2 in 8 schools of Nguigmi are equipped with school books
– The learning and teaching conditions are improved for all girls and boys attending these schools
– The drop-out rate decreases
– The authorities ensure the project’s sustainability and scale up, with support from the “Baboul” youth group

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