Schooling of girls at the primary and secondary level

Concept

Host families to facilitate the schooling of girls in rural areas – commitment to the community.

Context

In Niger, the schooling of girls is far from having been achieved. The enrolment rate for girls (67.3% in 2010; the overall rate stands at 76.1%) remains low, although it does reflect the efforts already made, as compared to the women’s literacy rate (15% as against 42.9% for men). In rural areas (80% of the country), which are the poorest, the gap between boys and girls is even greater and the latter account for no more than 38% of the total number of secondary school children.

The project

Taking action right from the primary level and working towards the retention of girls in secondary school, this pilot project is directed at girls selected for their vulnerability (family-related, social) or their good results. Placed with host families and endowed with a scholarship, the young pupils receive both social and educational tutoring and the support of the community, which is mobilised and undertakes to delay their age for marriage to the benefit of their education. The very first project phase has shown promising results.

Implementation

– Allocation of a monthly scholarship (4,000 CFAF) and an individual school supplies kit for each pupil.

– Monthly financial support (15,000 CFAF) to the host families.

– Appeal for community mobilisation. Information and advocacy campaigns for the education of the girl child and for delaying their marrying age.

– Installation of separate girls/boys latrines in schools.

Project location / 6 communes in the Maradi and Zinder regions, Niger
Region / Africa
Area / Girls and women's education
Duration / 2012 - 2018
The project covers / 500 girls in 50 primary and secondary schools
Project manager / Aboubacar Maman
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