July - November 2017
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Niger currently ranks last among 189 countries on the United Nation’s Education Index, with only
51% of children attending primary school and 19% attending secondary school.
Attendance rates for students with disabilities are significantly lower.
At the Niamey School for the Deaf, in Niger’s capital city, only 62 students have continued to middle school since 2007 because of the lack of specialized support at the public middle school. Of the students that attended public middle school, only 5 of those students completed school and went on to high school.
Construction of a school building with four classrooms and an integrated Resource Center
Remember Niger with the support of a private donor is taking a two-pronged approach to increasing the number of educational opportunities for hearing impaired students. First, in 2020, Remember Niger built a middle school to support primary school students at the Niamey School for the Deaf and provide them with a unique opportunity to continue their education in a school environment that meets their specific learning needs. This construction is complete and doors are opened since end of 2020.
Second, Remember Niger will build a Resource Center to support specialized programming
at the Niamey School for the Deaf. The Resource Center will serve as a library and computer lab for primary and middle school students and will be available to the wider deaf community in Niamey. The Resource Centre will have learning aids and materials that will expand the learning experience of hearing-impaired students in Niger significantly.