Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Alert: a school is closing in the Azawak Valley

The school of Fak has closed its doors for the school year 2006.
This year, 25 children will not have access to basic education.

Fak's well is located 40 km east of Abalak, in the region of Tahoua. About 200 families of nomadic cattle breeders live around this well.
The opening of the school in 2004 gave access to asic education to several nomadic children.

The way of life of the nomadic cattle breeders takes them away from the well a little more everyday, as they look for pasture for their animals. Sending the children to school would then mean sending them by foot everyday, several kilometers away from their families.
In these conditions, the children can only attend school if the State of Niger provides for them, feeding them and lodging them on premises.

At the start of the 2006 school year, the 25 students of Fak, ages 7 to 10, were present in the school facilities. However this year, they were not provided for: the school canteen had been closed. One after the other, the children had to leave the school to go back to their families.

Today the school at Fak is closed, depriving 25 children of their right to education.

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