Today is Tuesday, and this Tuesday that meant we were back at the Banifondu School doing art with the kids. Â >
We are ending the fifth month of school here in Niger and our Art at Banifondu has (finally) made it to every class. Â It’s been a while since we’ve been here. Â Teams and holidays and other complications have kept us away longer than we like. Â This afternoon we did cat hats with the sixth grade class.
There are 60 kids in this class, and today there were on! Â This is one sharp class. Â The kids at the Banifandu School are both Christian and Muslim. Â It is a Christian school run by Assemblies of God missionaries from Burkina Faso.Â Tuition at this school runs close to 15-20% of some Nigerien parentsâ€™ yearly salary, and the education the receive is considered excellent.Â Every child in this school knows that it is a privilege to be there.
Their teacher, Monsieur Lambert, asked you to pray for him and for the class. Â At the end of this year they will all take the BIG EXAM. Â In the French system, you must pass this exam to move on to the next level. Â The Banifondu school has a very high pass rate (especially compared to other schools), but there is still a lot of pressure on the teacher and the students.
The highs here all week are hovering right around 110 degrees. Â It had to have been at least that hot with 60 kids, the teacher and us.
And everyone was smiling. Â They did so well.
We love our Tuesdays at Banifondu.