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Development project in Niger

The Czech Republic donated computer technology and exercise-books to grammar school Issa Korombé in Niamey (Republic of Niger)

In 2012, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Abuja in cooperation with the honorary consul of the Czech Republic in Niger, Mr. Souleymane Abdou Niandou, realised a local small scale development project „Delivery of educational material and computer technology to grammar school Issa Korombé, Niamey“. The aim of the project was to modernize computer equipment of the school and to improve the accessibility of computer science in one of the poorest countries in the world. The subsidiary goal was to rise awareness about the Czech Republic and to promote activities of Czech compagnies in Niger.

The grammar school Issa Korombé is a state-owned school, where is currently studying 1653 students in 40 classes. It is one of the most popular schools in Niger and many of significants personalities of Niger graduated at this school, including four presidents.

In the frame of the project, the Embassy handed over computers, printers and toners in total value of 12 455 EUR and almost 2 000 exercise-books in total value of 1 524 EUR. The equipment was supplied by a local company Zebra. The project was inaugurated on 13 November 2012 by a representative of the Embassy, Mr. Bohumil Hamršmíd.

Niger is a landlocked country in Sahel, over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara desert. 85% of population lives in 150km wide band at the southern border. In the long term, it is one the poorest countries in the world. It consistently ranks as one of the lowest ranks of the United Nations' Human Development Index, 186th of 187 countries in 2011. The majority of population is endangered by drought cycles ruining crops. Economy of the state is still dependent on external factors and international donor assistance.

The state invests roughly 4,5 % of GNP (540 mil. USD) in education. The literacy rate of Niger is among the lowest in the world; in 2005 it was estimated to be only 28.7% (42.9% male and 15.1% female).

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Handover of computers to grammar school in Niamey