"On every continent, there are girls who will go on to change the world in ways we can only imagine, if only we allow them the freedom to dream.” — US President Barak Obama
These are some of the300 girls, in their uniforms with their school bags and lamps, that your generous donations this past year have enabled to go to school. Their entry into primary school is the beginning of their educational dreams. Their initial timid and serious appearance will evolve into one of confidence and joy as they progress through school.
Because so many of “our” girls are successfully completing secondary school, in 2010 NEEED began, with FBF support, to offer a small number of scholarships to the most qualified applicants: for primary school teaching, nursing, and midwifery training, or university education. This year, we offered scholarships to 21 young women, approximately 10% of the qualified women who applied
This holiday season, we have a huge opportunity to support other young, smart and hard-working post secondary girls in northern Burkina Faso eager to become primary school teachers. Primary school teacher training will qualify them for productive employment and enable the government to increase the number of primary school teachers in underserved villages where parents are desperate to send their children to school.
On TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 you can double your support for primary school teacher training because Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative will MATCH ALL DONATIONS AT 100%! The details:
To donate, go to http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso
Our sincere thanks for making #GivingTuesday a day to give back and create a better world for young village women in Burkina Faso..
Wishing you and your loved ones a most happy and healthy holiday season.
As the school year begins, 300 young village girls are grateful for your support enabling them to enter primary school. Our partner, Association NEEED, is currently distributing school supplies and working with parents to purchase the lambs that will support the girls’ remaining 12 years of primary-secondary education. We will share photos of this year’s girls as soon as we receive them.
Meanwhile, we have received results of government year end testing of primary school students from last year: 86.4% of the girls supported by this Lambs Support Village Girls’ Education Project successfully passed these exams to complete primary school and enroll in middle school this year compared with 62.4% of all students in the Northern Region. This achievement level of girls supported by this project has been consistent since our support began in 2002. It is remarkable for two reasons: 1) the girls (and their parents) have taken seriously the opportunity given them for an education, and 2) it demonstrates the importance of very basic schools supplies in enhancing a child’s ability to maximize her potential.
In addition, younger girls are increasingly seeing older girls receive scholarships (supported by Friends of Burkina Faso and our partners, including GlobalGiving) to continue their educations beyond secondary school. This is a huge source of motivation and hope.
The Lambs Support Village Girls’ Education Project costs less in donor support than any education project I have ever seen in terms of cost per child per year of education: a $90 donation provides the initial necessary support allowing a girl to achieve 13 years of education.
Thanks again for your generous and continuing support for the education of these girls. Photos of “our girls” will be forthcoming soon.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 12, is GlobalGiving’s biggest Bonus Day of the year. GlobalGiving will match all donations to this project by 50% up to a maximum of $1000 per donor. Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. The $90,000 in bonus funds will go fast! Bonus Day begins at 9am EST, (6am PST). Mark your calendars to donate at 9am EST!! The matching funds go fast, so do it early!
As the school year comes to a close, we are optimistic about year-end notes for the primary school girls we have supported this year. We anticipate receiving their academic results soon.
And though it is a ways off for these girls, we are increasingly optimistic about their futures beyond secondary school as scholarships become available for post-secondary training.
As our partner, Association NEEED, responds to the requests of 60 more villages to participate in this project (for young girls to receive school materials and a lamb for their first year of school, after which their parents raise and sell the lamb each year to pay for subsequent years of her education), I am reminded of how the leaders of this project began with the idea of closing the gender gap in public education in the northern region of Burkina Faso by enabling as many young girls as project funds will allow each year to enter school. This idea has led to an enormous change in village parents’ interest in, and commitment to, ensuring that their daughters receive an education. Parents whose daughters have participated in the project earlier continue to apply the “lambs” strategy to send younger daughters to school, and girls continue to succeed in school at a rate far beyond that of their peers in the region (89% to 63% last year). It is clear that NEEED has a simple strategy for girls’ education that works: a modest one-time assistance to young girls, parental commitment to their daughters’ educational success, involvement of teachers and village leaders, and effective oversight by NEEED.
Thank you for your generous and continued support for village girls’ education in Burkina Faso!
There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls. (Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary General)
Meet Abibata and Alimata
Meet two of the girls whose educations you have helped launch. It is hard to get girls to smile at this age. But after a few years of education, it is a whole different story (as exemplified by the photo of middle school girls).
Abibata, from the village of Koeneba, is doing very well in primary school. When asked what she likes most she replied: “I like reading and arithmetic. The teacher and my parents say that if I work hard at school, I will go to middle school. I want to become a nurse so I can treat people who are sick”. Abibata’s parents are very grateful to GlobalGiving donors for giving their daughter the opportunity to enter school. The father explained that NEEED (our partner organization that runs the project) told him that “ ‘all children must go to school regardless of their sex’. This is why we have sent our daughter to school so that she learns to read and write. She works hard”. Abibata’s mother added “I hope my daughter will have a job one day and be able to help us with a little money and food”.
Another high-achieving student is Alimata, from the village of Danaoua, who is being raised by her grandparents. Both grandparents understand the importance of education for girls and appreciate NEEED’s offer of school materials and a lamb to help their granddaughter enter primary school, after which they will help her raise her lambs and sell them each year to support future years of schooling. The grandparents are adamant that they do not want their granddaughter be like them. They want her to get an education and become a teacher or a doctor.
Abibata and Alimata are two of the 300 girls we supported last year, thanks to our GlobalGiving partners. Nearly 90% of “our girls” passed national exams last year to go on to middle school compared with 63% of their peers in the region. This is a testament to the structure of this self-help program, the manner in which NEEED engages the commitment of village parents and young girls, and what NEEED provides each girl in her first year (including a lamp to study by at night AND a lamb which enables parents to assume responsibility for the remainder of their daughter’s 12 years of primary, middle and secondary school) – all for $90.
Important: Wednesday, June 12, is GlobalGiving’s biggest Bonus Day this year. GlobalGiving will match all donations to this project by 50% up to a maximum of $1000 per donor. So mark your calendars. We’ll post a reminder early June.
As always, our most sincere thanks for your continuing support of these girls!
As the year comes to a close, we want to share with you, our partners, photos of some of the 300 village girls you have so generously helped to enroll in primary school in northern Burkina Faso this year. Though of course we will not have their academic grades until the end of the school year, if last year is any indication, the vast majority of these girls (nearly 90% last year) will pass national qualifying exams to go on to middle school and high school. And thanks to the generosity of certain of our partners, we were able to support 13 village girls going on to post secondary education this year (in teacher, nursing and midwifery training and in university education) .
With your continuing support, Association NEEED (the local NGO that runs the project) hopes to respond to requests for the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project from the remaining 75-80 interested villages in the region over the next 3 years. NEEED will introduce parents in these remaining villages to the importance of girls’ education and to NEEED’s low cost and sustainable strategy for ensuring an education for village girls.
Our sincere thanks for all of your support for the education of “our” (that is collectively “our”) girls over the past year and for your continuing support in 2013.
Our very best wishes to you in the New Year!
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