Muhammad Jamal, Niger Correspondent
Unfortunately, the world’s most underdeveloped country, Niger, has an education system that suffers from inadequate reception capacities, poor infrastructure and very low enrollment. The explosive growth of the population has led to a large flow of school-age children, causing an extremely high demand for investment in education services, so much so that Niger has found itself unable to cope with this strong demand for schooling in the context of a scarcity of resources.
Classes in straw huts are found throughout the country due to the increasingly high number of children to be educated and the need for proper infrastructure. The children are educated in straw hut classes, sitting on the floor with four other students and sharing a bench table designed for two students in extremely harsh weather.
Humanity First is working on several humanitarian projects, including providing necessities of life and education around the world.
Humanity First Germany decided to build a proper classroom in Dosso City for the children of Niger who were getting an education in the straw hut classes. On 16 November 2022, the foundation stone was laid by the mayor of Dosso City, Amir Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Niger, and the vice chairman of Humanity First Germany. The regional missionary oversaw the construction of the classroom. The construction work was completed in a short span of three months.
The inauguration of this classroom took place on 28 April 2023. Asad Majeeb Sahib, Amir and missionary-in-charge Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Niger, alongside the Minister of Education for Niger, Mr Ibrahim Natatu, commenced the formal reception and inaugurated the classroom. The classroom was built in a government school in Niger and replaced a classroom made with straw huts. Humanity First Germany has constructed and gifted this classroom to the government of Niger. The classroom is 63 square metres and can accommodate approximately 45 students.
One could feel the emotions of those innocent children who were happy and heaping praise on Humanity First and Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya by chanting poems with cheerful faces.
The local media was highly impressed with this initiative of Humanity First Germany. Media outlets gave coverage, and similarly, newspapers also covered the event.