Despite ambitious plans to develop education in the country, the government of Niger has very few resources to meet its commitments. Since 2001 however, Oxfam and its local partners¹ have been working with the government to improve the quality and availability of education in rural areas. Following successful pilots, this project will establish model schools, train teachers and work with 'animatrices' (female community facilitators) in communities in the north-west region of Tillabery, to demonstrate how nationwide changes can happen. We will also train communities, civil
organisations and authorities to help make more resources available to education and ensure that the impacts are sustained in the long term.
- Increase school attendance and reduce drop-out rates, especially for girls, by building classrooms; providing learning materials for children; and working with communities to encourage girls' education.
- Enhance the quality of education through training teachers and supporting their development.
- Improve children's health by providing sanitation and hygiene facilities and training.
- Support communities to lobby for improvements to education.
¹ Timidria, Association pour un Développement Durable (ADD), Volontaires pour l'Intégration Educative (VIE) and Coordination Nationale des Associations, Syndicats et ONGs pour la campagne Education Pour Tous (ASO-EPT).