02 December 2019
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Hi, my name is Halimatou Hima Moussa Dioula
NEF Ambassador – Niger
Halimatou Hima is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge where she is a Cambridge- Africa Trust scholar, doing research in Development Studies. Her research analyses the intersections between inequalities, learning outcomes, and aspirations and further investigates why and how some students, particularly girls, succeed in furthering their schooling while others don’t. She went to Lycée Mariama of Niamey, before heading to the United World College in New Mexico. While in Niger, she was the first president of the Youth Parliament. She holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University – Kennedy School of Government, through a Harvard Presidential Scholarship and a bachelor in Africana Studies and Economics from Wellesley College where she was an Albright Fellow. She has extensive experience working on community development in various African countries and was part of the World Bank’s Global Delivery Initiative, where she authored several publications. Her interests seat at the intersection of policy, research, and people with the hope to contribute to shifting paradigms on development economics, improving public service delivery, and bettering lives.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN Niger
Niger, the largest country in West Africa, has an estimated population of about 21 million in 2019 spread over 8 regions. The Nigerien population consists of young people; in 2015, one in two people are under the age of 15 and 19% of the population is under the age of five. Niger abounds large reserves of uranium, coal, oil, gold, among others. The country is also very rich in archaeological and paleontological vestige, one of the most remarkable and important in the world. The real wealth of the country is its human capital. Each of the eight regions of Niger now has a university, some of which specialize in specific fields. Although constituting more than 50% of the population, Nigerien women are poorly represented in the sciences. A female high school student is three times less likely to receive a degree in science than a male high school student and at the university Nigerien women make up only 34% of students. With the Niger 2.0 strategy, a dynamic around new technologies and innovation is emerging. All these ecosystems will help the country to positively challenge trends. All these efforts suggest that the future of this country will be prosperous.