Markas al Nour

English Club at Markas al Nour

The English Club at Markas al Nour education center has been re-started!

English Club
Board of Directors Markas al Nour N'Djamena

The History of Markas al Nour

Beginnings (2002-2006)

This is the history of Markas al Nour, an education center in N’Djamena whose name means the “Center of Light.”

The entry to Markas al Nour, circa 2005
The entry to Markas al Nour, circa 2005

The association Service au Sahel was started in 2002 by a group of volunteers. The association is non-profit and non-political, working primarily in education and development. The association received its Autorisation de Fonctionner from the Chadian government in 2003. The board of directors is composed of three to seven people and is led by a Coordinator.

The association’s first venture was the education center named “Markas al Nour” on the 30m road in N’Djamena. Markas al Nour opened its doors in January 2003.

Initially the center was equipped with donated books and computers and had two classrooms. Two Chadians were hired full-time: a secretary and a librarian.

The Markas al Nour library

In 2005 the French embassy gave a grant to help equip the center with more than 600 books, a third classroom, a new generator, and updated computers. The updates were finished in 2006, and a ceremony was held with representatives from the French embassy and from the neighborhood. A 50% increase in students was seen in 2006 because of these upgrades.

Graduates of one of the first computer classes

Growth and Challenges (2007-2011)

Upgrading the building to include a new computer classroom

Significant upgrades were made to the center starting in 2007. Computer teachers gained such good instruction at Markas al Nour that they went on to find good positions working in IT. It became necessary to recruit more teachers for computer classes.

A volunteer teaches a networking class

In 2010, the center had major problems with the electrical generator resulting in costly repairs. In 2011 a new 22 kVA electrical generator was donated to the center.

Autonomy and financial pressure (2012-2019)

Students at the end of class

During this period, French classes grew from on average 130 students per year to almost 500 students per year. Night classes (7-9pm) were added in 2015 and that brought in more students who didn’t have time to study in the afternoons. Morning classes also became more regular at the center with a peak of 25 morning classes during 2017.

However, the increase in French language classes was offset by the decrease in computer classes: computer classes dropped below 100 students per year in 2016 for the first time and have remained low, although MaN received a gift of updated computers in 2016.

In 2018, the center opened a Maternelle, but failed to attract enough children to pay for the teacher. The nursery school was not continued in 2019.

Financial pressure increased as Chad’s economy contracted in 2017 and 2018 due to plunging oil prices. Increased competition from other education centers put pressure on MaN to reduce the price of French classes.

Reorganisation (2020-2021)

Markas al Nour officially closed in July 2020 due to this financial pressure along with the added strain of covid restrictions. However, by November 2020 the center reopened, and classes restarted.

The history of Markas al Nour has been full of growth and change. The years to come will bring more change with one constant: high quality education classes for the northern neighborhoods of N’Djamena.

Markas al Nour Statistics (2004-2020)

statistics from the history of Markas al Nour (2004 to 2020)

English was the most popular class from 2005 to 2008 powered in part by an active English club.

Computer classes were the most popular from 2009 to 2012, including classes on maintenance, networking, and website creation.

French classes have been the most popular from 2013 until today.

2016 was the biggest year when more than 1000 students attended classes. 2020 was the smallest year due to the center closing and reorganizing.

Markas al Nour N'Djamena

Certificate Ceremony

On August 4th, the education center Markas al Nour had a ceremony to give certificates to those who had recently finished a class.

Spectators and students listening to the speeches.

Students and guests attended the ceremony.

The first person in each class will be allowed to continue to study French at Markas al Nour for free, up to level six.

The secretary speaks during the ceremony.

The ceremony was covered by local radio and Al Nassr TV.

The administration of Markas al Nour would like to wish all students success in their future studies. All new learners are also welcome to come study in the center.

Bahr el Gazel Board of Directors Development Hadjer Hadid Kurutini Center Markas al Nour N'Djamena Ouaddai

2020 Annual Report

This report gives details about the work our association did in 2020. All the reports are in French.

Table of Contents


2020 had plenty of success and challenges. The biggest challenge was the financial crisis which forced the closure of our Markas al Nour education center. Nonetheless, the center reopened its doors in order to keep offering high quality instruction. Our activities in Moussoro and Hadjer Hadid were slowed down by covid-19, but were still able to adapt and continue. We will continue working together on our common objectives in education and development in 2021.

Here are the number of beneficiaries from our activities in 2020:

Markas al Nour – N’Djamena288
Education classes – Moussoro203
Animal health videos – Moussoro120
Water, health, and mapping – Hadjer Hadid3800
Sewing and distributing masks – Hadjer Hadid800
Health and cultural videos – Hadjer Hadid100

We would like to thank all those who helped us continue advancing our goals.

The Secretary General for Service au Sahel


22 April 2021

Hadjer Hadid Ouaddai

End of Project Report for Tawisa 3

Executive Summary

Tawisa 3 was a project that ran from July 2019 – July 2020. The project has completed mapping and survey for the Chokoyan Canton of the Ouaddai State of Eastern Chad. This included mapping and surveying over 184 villages and their improved and unimproved water sources. Printed maps are being shared with all stakeholders in the region and detailed data has been provided to the government to use in its geospatial database.

Additionally, a pump repair program was initiated in three villages within the Chokoyan Canton. These villages had existing broken pumps. Service au Sahel ran a two-day water committee training, introducing cost replacement schedules, record keeping, management of a cash box and savings goals for maintenance and repair, in each of these villages. After the training the pump was repaired. Monitoring visits have been conducted each month post the repair, tracking and working with the village to implement the training received. These monitoring visits are continuing into the next Tawisa project until the full year of monitoring is completed.

Additionally, water committees and villages who received new wells during the previous Tawisa 2 project were monitored on a quarterly basis, encouraging them to save for future repairs that will be needed for their new well. The Tawisa 3 project finished within budget, having spent 92% of total funds.

The project report is attached.

Bahr el Gazel Kurutini Center

Big demand for computer classes during school vacation

A record 26 students signed up got the latest computer training course, most of the youth on their summer holiday from school.

Bahr el Gazel Kurutini Center

Opening ceremony for a computer training in the Bahr el Gazel

Service au Sahel Tchad, working with the Provincial representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sport in the Bahr el Gazel, launched a one-week computer training class for the young people involved in different associations.

The ceremony took place at the House of Culture in Moussoro. This video was taken by the National Office of Audiovisual Media (ONAMA) et published during the evening news on 20 July 2020.

Abeche Bahr el Gazel Board of Directors Development Hadjer Hadid Health Kurutini Center Markas al Nour N'Djamena Ouaddai

2019 Annual Report

This report summarizes all the work that the association has done in 2019. All the reports are in French.

Table of Contents


2019 was a difficult year for the association. Even with many successes, the general financial climate in Chad slowed down several of our projects. Nonetheless, our work in education and development impacted thousands of people:

Markas al Nour818
Cours décentralisés49
Markaz Attafahum13
Projets de Développement – Hadjer Hadid516
Projets de Développement – Moussoro1075

We would like to thank all those who helped us continue advancing our goals.

The Secretary General for Service au Sahel


11 July, 2020

Bahr el Gazel Development

Animal Health Videos

In January 2020 the association, in partnership with the regional federation of animal farmers from the Bahr el Gazel, and with the technical support of the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, gave a training on animal health.

The videos are available on the following Youtube playlist:

The videos were done in the local language, Dazaga, also called Goran.

Hadjer Hadid Ouaddai

Tawisa 3 – 3rd Quarter Report

The latest update on the Tawisa 3 project is now available. A summary is that

  • Data collection in the Ouadi Hamra region has been finished. A final map has been printed in N’Djamena.
  • A total of 27 pumps have been located in the region with 25 of them broken when surveyed. All villages with broken pumps have been invited to participate in the program.
  • Villages who received new wells and water committee training in the previous Tawisa project were followed up with again during the 3rd quarter.
  • The SAS compound has continued to be maintained and improved.