Women's Global Education Project

Women's Global Education Project was founded on the idea that everyone is entitled to an education, regardless of gender or economic status. We believe that universal education, gender equality and empowerment of women are critical to a society's development. Our mission is to provide access to education and develop training program that empower women and girls, particularly those in developing nations, to build better lives and foster equitable communities.
Nov 21, 2011

WGEP Senegal Scholar wins local poetry contest

Congratulations, Mariama!
Congratulations, Mariama!

Congratulations to WGEP Senegal Scholar Mariama Diagne Diop, Winner of the Kergui Association Poetry Writing Contest!

AILLEURS, VERS L’INCONNU
Elsewhere, in the unknown
by Mariama Diagne Diop
translated from French (below)

Why do they go away to unknown horizons?
Why do they go away to hostile horizons?
Why do they go elsewhere?
To this elsewhere which gives them nothing without suffering
Yes, why!
You the immigrant, you the accursed of the earth
You send yourselves far from your homes, to Europe, to America
Oh yes, I understood you went away
Because your earth is stripped bare
Because fertility has deserted your soil
Because sun and fire have burned down your forests
Because your malnourished animals give nothing more than a small pittance
Because the greatly reduced food can no longer provide a subsistence
Because sometimes war, hideous war, has destroyed your homes
So, you launch yourselves into the music of the unknown
So, you disappear into the terrible belly of the Atlantic
Yes, I understand you, this is the wretched misery that withers you
And me, I pray that the skies of heaven would open themselves
For the abundant waters to bathe and revive the earth
That beautiful harvests will grow in your field.
That there will at last be a return of abundance and laughter will blossom in your homes,
    henceforth, happiness.

Mariama is part of WGEP’s Sisters-to-School program that currently helps 270 girls in rural Senegal attend and succeed in school. To read more about WGEP Senegal, please visit us at www.womensglobal.org.


In the original French
AILLEURS, VERS L’INCONNU
Mariama Diagne Diop

Pourquoi s’en vont-ils vers des horizons inconnus?
Pourquoi s’en vont-ils vers des horizons hostiles?
Pourquoi s’en vont-ils  ailleurs?
Vers cet ailleurs qui ne leur donne rien sans souffrances
Oui, pourquoi!
Vous les émigrants, vous les damnés de la terre
Vous vous envolez loin de chez vous, vers l’Europe, vers l’Amérique
Oh oui, j’ai  compris vous partez
Parce que vos terres sont dénudées
Parce que la fertilité a déserté vos sols
Parce que le soleil et les feux ont brûlé vos forêts
Parce que vos animaux mal nourris ne donnent plus qu’une faible pitance
Parce que la nourriture bien réduite ne suffit plus à la subsistance
Parce que des fois la guerre, la guerre hideuse a détruit  vos demeures
Alors, vous vous jetez dans l’inconnu des airs
Alors, vous vous enfoncez dans le terrible « ventre de l’Atlantique »
Oui, je vous comprends c’est la misère sèche qui vous sèche
Et moi, je prie pour que les gargouilles du ciel s’ouvrent
Pour que l’eau abondante baigne et ravive la terre
Pour que de belles récoltent croissent à vos champ
Pour que enfin l’abondance revienne et fleurisse de rires vos foyers  désormais heureux.

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Aug 26, 2011

WGEP Exec. Dir. speaks about East Africa famine

Many of you have heard that East Africa is experiencing its worst drought in 60 years, with the U.N. estimating that more than 10 million people are threatened by starvation. While news headlines have focused on Somalia, which has borne the brunt of the drought, Kenya, too, is now on the brink of famine, with 2.4 million Kenyans at risk, especially in rural areas.

During times of drought, famine and financial hardship, many rural families take their children--especially their daughters--out of school to work and help provide for the family. A recent article from Reuters highlighted how some desperate rural Kenyan families sold their daughters as child brides in exchange for money to feed the other children at home.

The drought is affecting the rural area of Tharaka where WGEP Kenya is based. Our program is doing everything we can to support our scholars' families during this difficult time and to ensure that our scholars stay in school. If it were not for their WGEP scholarships, many of our girls would most certainly have dropped out of school by now. We thank you for your continued support of WGEP Kenya--we are making a real difference.

Our scholars and their families find themselves at the fringes of their societies, and most vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters. All of us at WGEP wish to thank you for your support of our mission and for helping us affect lives.

 
We could not do our work without you.

 


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Aug 26, 2011

WGEP scholars succeed academically and other news

WGEP scholar Maimouna
WGEP scholar Maimouna

News from Women’s Global Education Project Senegal:

Scholars Succeed Academically

  • Congratulations to our WGEP elementary scholars, 100% of whom passed into the next grade for the 2011-2012 school year
  • Congratulations also to our 37 elementary scholars (71 percent) who placed at the top of their class
  • Special congratulations to elementary scholars Aminata and Marie who won a local poetry competition in Sokone village organized by the Keurgui Association
  • And congratulations to the 53 middle school scholars (91 percent) who passed their grade-level exams for promotion into the next grade!

 

Secondary School National Entrance Exam Revived

WGEP Senegal has just learned that the Senegalese government has reinstated the notoriously difficult 6eme grade-level national exam, used to weed out grammar school students before entering secondary school. The exam is especially challenging for students from poor, rural families who have fewer resources and less access to the quality education and academic tutoring needed to pass the exclusive examinations. WGEP Senegal remains committed to helping our scholars succeed at these exams so they can continue their education to the highest level they are capable of.
 

 

Community Awareness Programs Making a Difference

We have also learned the encouraging news that nationally, the number of girls going to school in Senegal is on the rise! This is a testament to the community awareness and outreach programs run by organizations like WGEP, and that our programs are making a difference. On a local level, we continue to see increases in the number of girls in school in the villages where our programs operate, and we are seeing more and more support for girls’ education in the community. For example, earlier this year, one of our secondary scholars from Karang village, Adele (name has been changed), was pressured into an early marriage, which normally would mean that she would drop out of school in order to tend to her house and start a family. However, because of the work that WGEP has done in Karang to raise awareness and support for girls’ education, the many members of the community rose up in support of Adele staying in school so that she can finish her education. Even the local police brigade spoke up for her! As a result, Adele was able to stay in school.

We thank you again for your support. We are making a difference, and we could not do this work without you!

WGEP scholar Ndeye
WGEP scholar Ndeye

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