75. Contribution to the improvement of basic education for children in the Commune of Nguigmi by promoting the cultivation of Artemisia annua and plants with high nutritional value


Duration: 3 years
Promotor: Association des Informaticiens pour le Développement du Niger (AIDN)
Beneficiaries: 8193 students
Total budget: 152 409 €
Outside financing sought: 100 832 €

Country : Niger


Background information
In Niger, malaria remains the major endemic and the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the most vulnerable groups (mother-child couple), particularly among children under five and pregnant women. Pregnant women are four times more likely to suffer from malaria complications than those who are not pregnant. In addition to the loss of human lives, malaria, by reducing affected people with inactivity for several days, affects the economy by decreasing the Gross National Product (GNP) and by hindering children’s schooling and social development. It is thus considered as a disease of poverty and a cause of poverty.

Project description
In 12 test schools, IDAY-Niger will verify the contribution of plants with high nutritional and medicinal value to improving the quality of education. Medicinal plants will include Artemisia annua because it has demonstrated in similar IDAY projects, particularly in Kenya, its beneficial effects on school results and the reduction of health costs. Medical tests will make it possible to check the evolution of the health conditions of students and teachers before and after the project. School gardens will reserve 10% of their area for the production of seeds and seedlings for other schools. The project will also raise parents’ awareness of the importance of education. The project also includesugly campaigns to convince the authorities of the importance of scaling up the project.
Food and nutrition education helps children make food choices that contribute to human and environmental health. School nutrition increases enrolment, reduces absenteeism and improves cognitive abilities (it is easier to study on a full stomach).

Objectives and expected results

Overall objective
Reduce morbidity and mortality due to malaria and malnutrition in basic education cycles 1 in the commune of Nguigmi.

Specific objectives and results to be achieved
1. School results are improving through the establishment of school gardens in 12 schools in Nguigmi district
Result 1.1: Provide students with plants of high nutritional and medicinal value to combat malnutrition and school drop-out (due to tropical diseases including malaria)
Result 1.2: Support the education of children by teaching them gardening activity
Result 1.3: Support the empowerment of school canteens with plants of high nutritional value for meal preparation.

2. The authorities and the community are informed about the means of fighting malaria and about Artemisia annua
Result 2.1: Convince the authorities to extend the project to all schools with enough water to ensure the success of the Artemisia annua and plants of high nutritional value in schools.
Result 2.2: Strengthen the control of malaria epidemics through early detection and appropriate and rapid response;
Result 2.3: Promote and implement Information-Education-Communication (IEC) strategies;
Result 2.4: Contribute to malaria prevention measures by:
• promoting the use of personal protection measures among the at-risk population (children under 5 years of age and pregnant women); and,
• the use of accessible and variable vector control measures, particularly intra-housing spraying of insecticides.

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