Alamad A Niger-registered NGO that educates women and girls of the Sahara.

Crisis Background

 

Niger , the Land of vast horizons   !!! 

We need your help here to face climat change and Uranium radiation .

Message from a nomad in Niger  to all the planet ……………….

The country of Niger is located in West Africa with an area of 1,267,000 sq km.  A full two-thirds of the country is desert and 80% of the population lives on agriculture from the 125.000km of arable land. Landlocked and dry this vast country sees almost nationwide drought one year in every three. This dry environment makes the country chronically deficient and subject to periods of food insecurity which has a corresponding negative impact on the most vulnerable, especially children and women.

At the same time Niger’s population is growing at a rate of 3.3% per year where two thirds of the people live on one third of the land.

Unlike western countries its population growth unfortunately does not correlate with economic growth and much household poverty exists. A full 70% of the population live below the poverty line.  Plus the average  national ‘gross enrolment rate’  (GER) is around 67.8% across both sexes but only 58.6% for girls.  When 51% of the population is under 15 years of age this means a lot of uneducated girls.

The consequences of this demographic on the demand for education and employment are obvious. Over 85% of the total population lives in rural areas. Within this general backdrop we must address the problem of school attendance of girls in Niger.  To achieve universal education, we need all the girls and all boys of school age to access schools.

Despite the efforts made so far in the field of education, in general and especially girls, the enrolment levels remains worrying, particularly in rural areas. From a level of 25% in 2003-2004, the national primary completion rate rose to 35.8% in 2008-2009 for girls as against 40% and 56% for boys over the same period.

A difference of nearly 20 percent disfavouring girls.

Faced with this situation, the Niger Government has developed since 2003 a Ten-Year Program of Education (PDDE) whose objective is to improve access and quality of education provision. So to speed up this process the NGO Alamad was formed focused on girls and women especially those in urban nomadic regions as its key target group.  And especially in those areas where current policies do not ensure a large enrolment of girls at school because of multiple sociocultural and economic issues.

And why is this?  Basically, the issue of ‘schooling’ has been inherited through history.  With so many older people having never been to school they don’t understand what this funny ‘school’ thing is.  They have never seen a school building, or classroom. They have never sat down and been taught a lesson.  They don’t really know what a school teach does in their work.  We call this the “strain of generations”.  Much of our work involves teaching parents about what they should expect from ‘school’.

These problems influence disparities at all levels.  Amongst girls, the problems are more critical because they tend to be marginalized in access to school and have more problems than boys to undertake schooling.  The state and its partners are trying to find ways to overcome these problems and provide more opportunities for these children where the environment and living conditions are not comfortable.

In response to this situation the NGO, ALAMAD, was formed in Niger.

It is specifically designed to promote education among the nomads, especially amongst the girls. It aims to encourage demand for parental education and enhancing the potentials of adults who have had the chance to go to school through a comprehensive program of functional literacy.

ALAMAD has an operational team comprising of multidisciplinary talent who have individually already mounted substantial projects to benefit girls and women living in precarious living conditions. 

ALAMAD also has a growing team of volunteers around the world offering to help.

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