In the village of Dialakoro Keleya, every family views education as a must. The Alliance school in this village has more students than any other: 340 this year (2010-2011), 164 of which are girls (48%). The villagers view the school as a way to progress both socially and economically. Every parent who has the money to send his or her children to school sends them with pride. There are some children who are old enough to be in school, but cannot afford it, and can be seen at the schoolhouse windows trying to catch some of the lesson.The school in Dialakoro Keleya has 5 classrooms, constructed by the Alliance: 2 from concrete and 3 from mud bricks. The mud brick classrooms are falling apart and urgently need to be replaced. Inside the packed classrooms, there are not enough desks: in the first and second grades, a table made for 2 students must accommodate 4; in the fifth and sixth grade classroom (combined), a table made for 4 students must accommodate 6.
With the help of the Alliance's economic development programs (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/loans-for-africa-development/), the village is on its way to becoming self-sustained. Of Dialakoro Keleya's 6 teachers' salaries, 2 are paid entirely by the villagers, and the other 4 are paid in part by the villagers and in part by the government.
Dialakoro Keleya is a village that values its school, and we must encourage its hopes of providing education to all its children. Currently there is need for bench desk, better classrooms, and textbooks. One dollar can make a big difference. There is a saying in Mali: "a hundred dollars is not too small; a thousand dollars is not too much."
With kind regards,
The Mali government recently made a change to the national curriculum for first and second grades. The new curriculum requires teachers to teach in their indigenous language, which is Bamanankan in the Ouelessebougou area. Beginning in third grade students transition from learning Bamanankan to French—Mali’s official language. In 2005, the Alliance was asked to pilot the new curriculum in 12 village elementary schools. The Alliance was honored to be selected by the government to pilot the program and has seen great success over the years as children have learned to read and write in their traditional language.
This year, twenty-three teachers participated in the Alliance’s annual French/Bamanakan training. The goal of the training was to aid teachers as they strive to make the difficult transition from teaching in Bamanankan (in grades one and two) to teaching fully in French (by grade five) as required by the Malian government. Teachers were instructed on subjects including grammar, conjugation, vocabulary and dictation. Many teachers in Ouelessebougou were only instructed in French, so this training also serves as a language course for teachers.
Our schools continually have a higher girls' enrollment rate than the rest of Mali. Please help us keep more girls in schools with well trained teachers. Keep supporting our cause.
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This summer, the Ouelessebougou Alliance teamed up with buildOn in order to build a new school in Bamakoni.
Bamakoni is a small community in southern Mali with a population of approximately 650 people who are primarily uneducated and illiterate. Located in the Ouelessebougou region, Bamakoni has an existing long-term relationship with the Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance. The existing school in Bamakoni was donated by the Alliance in 2001. It has 3 classrooms. When enrollment climbed to 140 students in 2008, the Bamakoni built an additional two mud brick classrooms. When necessary and possible, they conducted another class outside the school.
These 5 classrooms were being used by 6 teachers and 140 students (67 girls) as recently as spring 2010. The mud brick classrooms were not sufficient, and the Alliance classrooms were only in fair condition. The next nearest school is 6 km from Bamakoni, and the road is not passable in the rainy season. The village needed a more adequate school for their growing population of school-aged children.
Thanks to the contributions from donors like you, we are able to provide clean, safe classrooms for these children. Keep up the great work!
The 09-10 school year just started in Mali. Ramadan is over, as well as the rainy season, so families and teachers are ready to get students back in the classrooms. Thanks to the generous donations that we have received for education, the Alliance is sponsoring a 5 day training next week that will focus on helping teachers successfully make the transition between Bambara and French in their classrooms.
Education - especially for girls - has seen innovations in Mali over the last few years. We are happy to inform you that 56% of girls in OUA villages are enrolled in school. Nationally, only 34% of girls are enrolled. There is still a long way to go, but this is tremendous progress!
Village leaders are starting to see great impact on the overall development of their communities. The chief of Djemene, Niakale Samake, said, "we have a school thanks to the OUA and education is at the base of all development."
We join with the villagers in thanking you for your generous support. We are excited for a great school year - one in which many more girls will be attending, teachers will feel more confident in their interactive teaching methods, new schools will be built, and old ones repaired. We look forward to hearing from you and keeping you updated!
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