Un Avenir Ensemble
Building your future
Through Un Avenir Ensemble, the AREVA Foundation is helping young Nigerien girls from modest or disadvantaged homes. These girls benefit from support during their studies right up until they enter the working world.
Sponsorship of Nigerien youth
The link between education levels and economic development is a crucial factor in developing countries, where the education of young girls constitutes a major opportunity for the future.
This is why the AREVA Foundation is providing Niger’s top 5 female high school graduates in 2008 with a 5-year university education. All from modest homes, these women are pursuing diplomas in France in the hope of applying for skilled jobs when they return to their native country. These 5 students were selected by the Niger Ministry of Education based on achievement and financial need.
Supervision and support from the French Legion of Honour
In September 2008, they took up residence at the French Legion of Honour’s educational institution, Maison d’Éducation de la légion d’Honneur (MELH), in Saint-Denis. The first year consisted of transition studies to bring them up to speed, which proved to be a wise course of action.
The teaching staff, led by a respected professor, regularly assessed their progress to stay informed of their respective levels. Support from MELH teaching staff and administrators was essential this first year, helping the students adapt to scholarly demands and their new life in France.
At the same time, these young women are sponsored by 5 AREVA employees, who will mentor them right up until their first jobs. The sponsor is a link—sometimes the only one—between the young person and the rest of society. In cooperation with families and educators, sponsors offer advice and support, assist in accessing information and provide a listening ear, among other things, in order to help the women progress.
A good start
In April 2009, the women chose their subjects and registered for the 2009-2010 academic year:
- 2 students entered a preparatory class at the Lycée Claude-Bernard
- 3 students chose technology training at Saint-Denis (1 in management, 2 in information technology)
The very satisfying results of this partnership have led the AREVA Foundation to renew its commitment and to fund 2 additional grants for high school graduates in 2009.