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Info about the Community Classroom
Arziki dan ilimi ne. Prosperity is the child of education. -Hausa proverb
The acquisition of a new classroom in a rural village in Niger means much more than the simple construction of four concrete walls and a metal roof.
It means that the community at hand wants to create opportunities for its young people, and is open to growing and developing in unfamiliar ways in order to do so.
To this village in particular, it means that dozens of kids will have a respectable and functional space to receive a formal education, which will one day enable them to make informed decisions resulting in positive change for their community. Women’s and men’s groups in turn will also benefit by using the space for their regular events, which include grain bank meetings, savings and loans associations, and land reclamation trainings.
Currently, seventy-two primary school students attend their classes in a provisional building made out of millet stalks and mud bricks. In the interest of getting a new classroom built for these students, and indeed for the larger community, the village will cover over 30% of the total cost of the project. Their contribution includes land for the building site, all raw materials needed for construction, food and lodging for hired construction workers, desks, and a teacher. They request funding from the Peace Corps Partnership Program to cover the expense of all other building materials and skilled labor.
Thank you for supporting this community in their pursuit of an invaluable development project.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.