You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Niger with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Niger. Some schools will follow the American curriculum while still adhering to educational guidelines of Niger.
There are significant issues with the education system in Niger. Education is compulsory between the ages of seven and fifteen, but the country has exceedingly low literacy at approximately 20%. Acces is also uneven with only 44% of female students reaching the 6th grade. Significant efforts are being made to increase female participation and education in geneal, but the country still lags behind.
Instruction is generally in French. Classes starting with CP come from the French system with CI intended to initiate students to the French language. Completion of primary school is sanctioned by a national exam called the CFEPD (abbreviated from the French certificat de fin d'études du premier degré).
International schools are the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Niger. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for an international student body.
Schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.
Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.
American International School of Niamey (AISN )
Address: Rue des Ambassades Kouara Kano, PO Box 11201
Tel: (227) 20-72-39-42
Tuition Rates: $4,435 - 19,959 per year
Catering to multiple nationalities, this is a non-profit, tuition-based, coeducational private international day school. AISN serves students in nursery through twelfth grade with an American curriculum. It is located on the US Embassy compound in the neighborhood of Koura Kano. The school is fully accredited by the MSACS and AISA.
Address: BP 10065
Tel: (227) 220.127.116.11
Tuition Rates: €2,920 - 2,030 per year
Sahel Academy develops students with a holistic education while nurturing a Christ-like character and a heart of service for elementary through secondary school. Students follow curriculum from the University of Cambridge, England, which prepares them to take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education exam (IGCSE). Students in the upper grades have the opportunity to take a limited number of AP courses at Sahel Academy with more options offered online. The Sahel Academy campus is also home to a number of staff houses and a small dormitory for boarding students who are the children of missionaries.
École Française Marcel Pagnol d'Abuja
Address: 640, Rue du Fleuve Niger, BP 529, Niamey
Tel: (227) 20 72 21 63
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
This is a French-speaking international school attached to the French Embassy. The school caters to students from maternelle (primary) to lycée (high school). It is accredited with the AEFE and the school teaches until troisième and uses CNED for seconde and prèmiere ES.