In Niger, only 30% of children attend school. Only one quarter of these students are girls. Collège Amadou Hampaté Bâ in Niger’s capital, Niamey, aims to improve this by increasing enrolment, improving school conditions and building teaching capacity.
We will design a Masterplan for Hampaté Bâ School, enabling them to grow their existing middle school to house an additional primary school and secondary school. This will more than double the schools current capacity, allowing disadvantaged pupils to access comprehensive education throughout their childhood.
Using techniques from our successful project in Gourcy, Burkina Faso, we will make use of local skills and resources to ensure the school is low-cost, safe and sustainable. This will include the provision of “green” classrooms, which keep work spaces cool and light without the need for costly (and unreliable) power sources.
The building will be completed using a phased approach, which will enable us to prioritise improving the features which matter most to Hampaté Bâ School. By conducting a feasibility study and participatory workshop, students expressed their urgent need for better sanitation within the school. Therefore, our first phase will focus on improving WASH facilities within the school.
When completed, Collège Amadou Hampaté Bâ will benefit the entire community. Not only will the expanded school improve learning outcomes for its pupils, but it will also provide educational workshops for parents and teachers. Finally, this school will act as an example of sustainable education for the entire country, as well as for generations to come.