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Children in the village of Guéchémé use a omen’s prayer space to pursue their studies while a new school is being built | by World Bank Photo Collection
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Children in the village of Guéchémé use a omen’s prayer space to pursue their studies while a new school is being built

In a room normally used as a women’s prayer space, children in the village of Guéchémé, including Zanoibana (12) and Fatima (7), pursue their studies while a new village school is being built. The prayer room also serves as a training center. In Niger, where 80 percent of the population is rural, two-thirds of inhabitants are illiterate. The Ministry of Population, Advancement of Women and Protection of Children has established programs designed to lighten women’s workload, especially in rural areas, by providing access to mills and hulling devices. Its chief aim is to free up the time demands on young girls, enabling them to go to school instead of helping their mothers work In this village, women organized their own cooperative and received modern equipment to process grains and increase their revenue. They are also able to send their children to school. In Niger, the Ministry of Education adopted the slogan for the 2015 – 2016 school year “I’m standing up for girls’ education, because it changes lives.” Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank

  

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Taken on November 20, 2015