Building desks and building opportunities
"I rage to change things. "
These are the powerful words of Abdoul, a 36 year old from Niger. Abdoul’s rage to change things in his country manifests in practical ways, as he hopes to provide better facilities for the school children of Niger.
Abdoul says the problem is profound, and yet simple. Children in school have nowhere to sit. This is a simple problem. Problems, however, subsequently compound. In school, students are not comfortable and so they do not learn well. When they do not learn well, they drop out and feel hopeless. Abdoul speculates that this is one of the many reasons why students do not succeed in a country where literacy rates are low.
A Win-Win in the Classroom
His solution is two-fold. Build classroom furniture for students. Young people, who have dropped out of school or are unemployed, will be paid to build the furniture. Abdoul says the unemployed “will receive timely practical training in carpentry, welding and basic masonry.” This provides training and vocational advancement, and also desks. It is a unique approach that empowers and enables two different groups of people in Niger.
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