LA GRANDE ACADEMIE
In Niger, over 50% of the population is under 15, 84% live in rural areas and only 19% of the over age 15 can read and write. Decision-makers are accounted in the latter, most living in the cities. Rural areas need creative leadership. I started in 2013 in Niger. I got approval from the government and built 3 classrooms and some offices. Our first day of school was in October 2016. Students were introduced to a great variety of learning tools including three-dimensional objects that are used as learning support to increase knowledge retention on science, language, and reading activities. I have mostly funded this project on personal savings and loans. I believe that the foundation has been set, however, to achieve the vision as described above we need to fundraise for additional classrooms, a clean water pump, the athletics fields, and the technology envisioned in the various labs.
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to discover the La Grande Académie School Complex, open since 2016, in Zinder, on the Miriah road, 200m from the police station. Our mission is to educate future leaders who are open-minded, who are fueled by ambition and creativity, and who remain rooted in the local reality. We accept students from kindergarten to elementary, and soon we will be accepting middle school students. However, enrollment is only open for the kindergarten and primary levels. We maintain a quota of 30 students per class at all levels. This allows us to ensure an excellent level of competence for elementary school students, thus guaranteeing their success in secondary school and beyond. Our program is based on the national curriculum, enhanced with the introduction of information technology, entrepreneurship, and global education. To facilitate student’s routines, we offer services such as transport, school lunch, and after-school activities. The school hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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“We are very happy about the opportunity given to our children. We did not get a chance to attend school, and today we are paying the price. I attended Quranic School so I am a disciple, I make ends meet by being helpful and at the service of others. Unfortunately, times have changed now. One needs to know how to read and write in order to get by. I am very glad my children have that opportunity now. We have been moving around a lot, and everywhere we go the schools are not close to us. So this is an honorable things for us to have La Grande Académie close to us in the outskirts of the town.” (Translated from Hausa)
Testimonial from a father of 4 students at La Grande Académie School in Zinder, Niger.
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