EDUCATION – To increase the literacy rate of the country, schooling was made compulsory for children between ages 7 to 15 years..
While primary schooling in Niger lasts for six years, secondary ones have tenure of seven years. The primary school enrolment and attendance rates are low, particularly for girls. About 60 percent of children who finish primary schools are boys, as the majority of girls rarely attend school for more than a few years. Children are often forced to work rather than attend school, particularly during planting or harvest periods. In addition, nomadic children in the north of the country often do not have access to schools
Higher education is an integral part of the Education in Niger and there are a number of colleges and some universities such as the National School of Administration, The Islamic University and the University of Niamey
The number of Teacher training schools needs to be increased as well the provision of additional schools and upgrading existing educational institutions through out the country.
There are no up to date statistics detailing the number of schools, colleges and universities, the number of attendees, the number of teachers. However, it can be said with certainty that the education system needs much needed funding to improve substantially all aspects relating to education from the construction of schools, the provision of stationary and learning material to the supply of many more properly qualified staff at all levels
Foreign aid is urgently required to begin a sustainable programme of up grading the present wholly inadequate educational system to include scholarships to allow pupils to study abroad both in other African countries as well as the UK and France