Education shapes futures – Aishetu’s story | Global Partnership for Education

Education shapes futures – Aishetu’s story

Photo of the week

23-year-old Aishetu Mahmoudu Hama takes the time to meet with girls who are now in primary school when she goes back home. She likes being a role model to these girls and hopes to motivate them to continue their education. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
23-year-old Aishetu Mahmoudu Hama takes the time to meet with girls who are now in primary school when she goes back home. She likes being a role model to these girls and hopes to motivate them to continue their education.
CREDIT: GPE/Kelley Lynch

“The only role models to inspire me were my teachers because I had no one else to look up to.”
Aishetu Mahmoudu Hama

For 23-year-old Aishetu Mahmoudu Hama, attending primary school came with many challenges. She was one of only a handful of students studying in a tiny spartanly equipped classroom. "It was hard to study," she recalls. "We sat on the ground - sometimes on a mat, sometimes just in the dirt."

Despite such challenges, Aishetu persevered and is now one of few girls who continued with her education. Today, she attends the University in Niamey and studies to be a teacher. When she is back home, she takes the time to meet with girls who are now in primary school. Aishetu likes being a role model to these girls and hopes to motivate them to continue their education.

Subscribe to blog alerts

Aishetu's teachers played a key role in motivating her to finish school: "My only role models to inspire me were my teachers because I had no one else to look up". Her teachers used to tell her: "You can be courageous and go to school and achieve something."

Aishetu is grateful for her education, believing that if she had not attended school her life would be like her older brothers’ and sisters': herding, farming or married with a lot of children. She hopes to inspire her younger brothers and sisters to get an education and become doctors in order to help the community.

"Seeing my daughter who graduated from this school and is now doing well gives parents a concrete example of why we should send our kids to school," says her father. "It motivates them. They want their children to grow up and be just like her."

This story is part of education shapes futures, a compilation of powerful stories of young people living in GPE partner developing countries on how education had a positive impact on their lives.

To read the full stories, please visit the education shapes futures web page. 

Youth
Sub-Saharan Africa: Niger

Author(s)

The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat is headquartered in Washington DC and has approximately 100 staff. The Secretariat provides administrative and operational support to all its partners including 65 developing...

Latest blogs

Earlier this year, Universalia conducted an independent evaluation to analyze the effectiveness of the DCP pre-Board constituency meetings in supporting a stronger engagement and voice for the DCP...
World Humanitarian Day is held every year on August 19 to raise awareness and support for those individuals that are affected by crisis around the world. It is also a day to pay tribute to aid...
In an effort to further enhance its impact, GPE is in the process of developing two new funding mechanisms which aim to fund knowledge and innovation work and support social accountability and...