Promoting girls’ access and retention in quality primary and secondary education and women’s social and economic empowerment for inclusive and peaceful development in Tillabéri, Niger. (2021-2024)
Since 2021, RET Germany has been implementing a project aimed at promoting girls’ access and retention in quality primary and secondary education and women’s socio-economic empowerment for inclusive and peaceful development in the Tillabéri region, namely in 3 localities of Sakoira, Hamdallaye, and Tamou, and in 10 schools (7 primary schools and three colleges).
RET Germany is implementing the project in partnership with “Soutien aux ONG, SongES,” a local implementing partner in Niger that implements both the education component and the women’s empowerment component.
The project aims to increase girls’ access and retention in quality primary and secondary education and promote women’s social and economic empowerment by (1) increasing girls’ access and retention in schools and their transition to the next school grade. (2) Sensitizing communities on the importance of girls’ education and women’s empowerment through a community-based approach involving traditional leaders in campaigns. (3) Increasing women’s income generation through participation in women’s cooperatives and reinvesting a share of their revenues in girls’ education.
The project will reach up to more than 4,800 direct beneficiaries, including 900 out-of-school children, particularly girls; 2520 primary and secondary school children with a particular focus on girls, 174 education staff, 180 school committee members, 36 traditional and religious leaders, 30 members of women’s and youth association, and 1000 women cooperative members, reaching 34,000 indirect beneficiaries in three-year implementation cycle 2021-2024.
RET will implement a holistic approach to create a conducive environment that facilitates access and retention of girls in school while integrating children into the basic education system in the targeted schools of the Tillaberi region, including:
· Setting up six accelerated learning centers equipped and provided with trained teachers with a target to enroll 900 out-of-school children, of which 720 are girls.
· Building the capacity of 174 education personnel in the “Child-Friendly Quality School,” including monthly psychosocial support for 95 education staff throughout the project.
· Promoting community participation and capacity through school committees in school management by identifying, establishing, training, and supporting community school committees of 90 members for the nine targeted schools to improve their performance in school governance with a particular focus on girls. Students’ committees will also be created, trained, and supported in school governance in target schools.
· Rehabilitating or/and constructing 20 classrooms in 9 target schools benefiting 1500 students in three years, nine blocks of hygienic, safe, accessible, and gender-separated latrines, water supply in all nine schools benefiting 6400 students and 174 teachers, fencing and greening them to benefit the entire school community, all these aiming at improving the schools.
· Providing new school furniture and/or repairs to fill the gaps based on the needs assessments, including training, and employing 18 young to repair school furniture. This includes the provision of individual study/learning kits to at least 2,080 vulnerable girls from all ethnic groups and menstrual hygiene kits to 2,390 girls, complemented by awareness-raising on sexual and reproductive health.
· Recruiting, training, and deploying 27 female teachers to support in delivering remedial lessons and exam preparation sessions for 2,025 girls.
· Setting up a mentorship system made of 54 trained women volunteer mentors while including them in women’s cooperatives for income generation.
· Establishing working income-generating activities at the nine schools.
To reduce the cultural barriers to girls’ education, RET will conduct community sensitization and awareness-raising on girls’ education and women’s empowerment, including activities such as:
· Sensitize and mobilize 36 traditional and religious leaders on the importance of girls’ education and the prevention of early marriage.
· Developing and broadcasting 300 radio messages on three local radio stations, promoting girls’ education, prevention of early marriage, gender-based violence, and women’s empowerment.
· Developing and disseminating messages on girls’ education and female empowerment via radio by 30 local youth, women’s association members, and community leaders.
· Organizing 6 girls’ days and girls’ empowerment events (including theatre, sports, music, dance, etc.). in each of the nine target schools (2 days per year), to promote the education and development of girls.
Increase in women’s Income
RET will implement a set of activities to empower women, particularly mothers and families of vulnerable out-of-school girls, to meet the objective of economic empowerment while enabling them to support their daughters’ education. RET will implement a series of activities, including:
· Creating 20 women’s cooperatives and start-up grants to be given away for income-generating activities.
· Training and Participation of 1000 women members in cooperative management, business management, and technical trade training.
· Mentoring and business follow-up to capacitate 20 women’s cooperatives to become independent after three years.
· Facilitating access to microfinance loans for 20 women’s cooperatives to develop income-generating activities and connect them with potential buyers in Tillabéri and Niamey.
This project, implemented between 2021 and 2024, is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented in partnership with “Soutien aux ONG, SongES”.