World Vision Niger

Education

 Education in Niger

What we want to do:

We want to see all children in Niger given the opportunity to receive a quality education. We are working towards this by:

  • Increasing children’s access to formal and non-formal education opportunities
  • Ensuring children who attend school are learning
  • Increasing the amount of engagement of parents, guardians, communities and volunteers in children’s education

What is the problem?

Although access to education has improved in recent years, the infrastructure has not kept up. Today, although many children are enrolled in and going to school regularly, they are not acquiring the skills they need to be successful in life.

  • 85% of grade 6 students read without comprehension
  • More than half (55.8%) of primary students drop out before finishing their primary studies
  • 76% of girls marry before the age of 18

How is World Vision addressing these issues?

We are working with the Ministry of Education and schools to train teachers in the Literacy Boost methodology, equipping them with skills and resources to make functional literacy a priority and a reality in their classrooms. We are also educating families about the importance of education because in many of the areas where we work, child marriage and labour are often higher priorities. Finally, we are working with schools, families and communities to ensure adolescent girls have what they need (separate bathrooms and sanitary towels) to be able to continue their education.

Is what World Vision doing working?

Yes! Although there is still much to do, we have seen the number of grade 3 students who can read with comprehension grow significantly (from 3% in 2016 to 18.5% in 2017).

What’s the impact?*

  • 102 teachers trained
  • 924 parents trained and equipped to help their children with their studies
  • 67 reading camps established and equipped
  • 15,200 books have been developed and distributed to make reading joyful for children

*Numbers from 2017

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