The Niger is in Africa’s Sahel region. It is a landlocked country with a population of 20.7 million, 81% of whom live in rural areas. Its per capita Gross Domestic Product is 363 (USD) and its life expectancy at birth is 61 years. Though secondary school enrollment has been rising steadily since 2007, in 2015, only 24.24% of boys were enrolled and just 17.24% of girls.[1]

The Niger is facing multiple simultaneous humanitarian crises such as food insecurity, epidemics, displacements of population and natural disasters. UNICEF estimates that 1.1 million children are in need in 2017. UNICEF's humanitarian strategy focuses on the severe acute malnutrition response, including infant and young child feeding, targeting 247,500 children country-wide, as well as a multi-sectoral response to the 345,000 affected displaced people.[2]

Opportunities for developing more effective links between humanitarian response and regular programmes will be prioritized. Thus, UNICEF will continue to support the coordination of the WASH, education, nutrition and child protection sectors. The WinS4Girls program raised awareness among educators, parents, religious leaders, while building skills of girls and equipping them with hygiene kits.

Quick Facts
Percentage of schools with:
Basic drinking water
Basic sanitation or toilets

Literacy rate for youth (15 - 24 years old) 24
Primary education completion rate 28
Secondary education completion rate 18,8%
Gender parity rate in secondary schools competition (number of females to male) 0.73


Global Education Monitoring Report, Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Solutions for All. UNESCO, 2016. Paris, FR.


  • Ministry of Primary Education.
  • Ministry of Secondary Education.
  • CRAMS (Centre de Recherche Action par la Médiation Sociale).
  • ANIMAS (Agence Nigérienne de Marketing Social.)


Under WinS4Girls, UNICEF worked with ministries of education and other partners at national level (typically through MHM Working Groups) to develop and promote a MHM intervention package informed by the WinS4Girls formative research.

Depending on the country, the intervention packages have taken different forms in response to the diverse needs expressed by girls, their teachers, and their families during the research. For example, they may include national or sub-national policies and guidelines; learning and communication materials; and training modules for teachers, health workers, and peer educators. In some cases, the package has included infrastructure development and pad production or distribution.

The package includes the following:

  • 8 MHM audio sketches in French and Haussa for raising awareness in the community.
  • Training module to build the knowledge and skills of teachers.
  • Pagivolts in French for teachers and girl leaders to sensitize others on MHM.
  • Information booklets in French for girls to understand and manage their period.
  • A training module on MHM for teachers.
  • Sets of radio/MP3 players, SD cards containing audio sketches, solar chargers and solar lamps for teachers and girl leaders for sensitization at school and in communities.
  • Hygiene kits for girls (4 washable pads, 6 absorbent briefs, 4 pieces of soap, 1 bottle of cologne, 1 towel, 1 plastic bucket)


The research entailed independent focus group discussions with girls, boys, and mothers; key informant interviews with principals and teachers; and school observations. The objective was to gain insights into the perceptions, discourse and experiences of education stakeholders concerning MHM.

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