Aug 22, 2011

August 2011 Girls Ed Liberia Report

Visiting with our high school graduates this June
Visiting with our high school graduates this June

Girls Education International is very proud to announce that all ten of our 12th grade girls  graduated from high school this June!   These girls face tremendous adversity and poverty and it is a joy to have supported their schooling over the past three years.   

Girls Ed covered the costs for  all ten of  our 12th graders to take Liberian national exams this spring.  Similar to college entrance exams in the U.S., these exams determine who is allowed to go on to college. National exams are very difficult and, unlike exams in U.S. middle and high schools, cover years of schoolwork. 

Five of the girls passed their exams and are eligible to attend college.  Unfortunately, Girls Ed does not have enough funds to send all these girls to college.  We decided to establish a list of criteria to determine which girl had the greatest chance of success of completing college and chose just one girl to support.  Her name is Veronica and she wants to go to nursing college in Monrovia.  We anticipate her enrollment this coming week and will update you on her progress in future reports.  Girls Ed will be paying her tuition costs, as well as books and supplies and a stipend.  We have asked Veronica to agree to mentor the younger girls still in our scholarship program as one of the conditions of her stipend. 

We are saddened that we cannot support all five girls in continuing their education into college.   If you are interested in helping to support one of the other girls to attend college, please email me at info@girlsed.org as soon as possible. 

Girls Ed is continuing to support the remaining 37 girls who remain in middle and high school.   Our youngest girl, Jenny, began our program in the 4th grade and was just promoted to 7th grade!

On behalf of the girls and the Girls Education International Board of Directors, I thank you for your support of this program.   Your donation is truly changing lives!       

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Aug 1, 2011

August 2011 Girls Ed Pakistan Project update

Dear Girls Education International supporters,

Thank you for helping to give 30 girls in Laphi and Sar Kalan books, uniforms, and transportation to attend school at Government Secondary School Buchal Kalan, district Chakwal, Pakistan!    

March is the month of annual exams in Pakistan and students in grades 1 through 10 usually take their exams.  Results are then reported, and the students are promoted to the next grade if they pass.  All 30 of the girls we support took their exams and ALL OF THEM PASSED THEIR EXAMS AND HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO THE NEXT GRADE.  

TWO OF OUR GIRLS PLACED FIRST in their respective classes in the annual exams.  I hope you read our May project report and our story about Zofishan, one of the girls our program is supporting.  I am pleased to tell you that Zofishan placed 1st in her 6th grade class and has been promoted to 7th grade.  Another of our girls, Adila, also placed first in her 8th grade class.  Adila also took the required external exam, conducted by the district education department and we are anxiously awaiting her results.   

Understanding the Examination System in Pakistan: I have learned a lot about the examination system in Pakistan over the past year.  For grades 6 and 7, the school holds internal exams and promotes students to the next grade.  However, additional external examinations are held by the district examination department for grade 8 and the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education for grades 9 through 12. Internal exams usually start on March 1st each year and end by March 20th.  The relevant authority decides the dates for external exams and announces the results at its own convenience.

Thank you so much for continuing to provide support to our girls in Pakistan and giving them this opportunity to continue their education!

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May 24, 2011

May 2011 Girls Ed Liberia Project Update

Dear Girls Education International supporters,

We just received a project update from our Common Ground Society program manager, our partner NGO in Liberia:

"All 47 girls in the Girls Education Liberia program took took their national exams for grades 6, 9 and 12 this spring. The results for the 12th Graders will be received in early June.  Once the results are posted, the graduation date will be announced for all that passed the exam.  We are hopeful that all 10 of our 12th graders will pass and graduate.  We will be invited to the graduation program and are planning on taking video and photos to share with you.  We are also hoping to spend some time with the girls and their families at that time.  Similar to graduation traditions in the United States, in Liberia there is a graduation ceremony where the graduates wear a ceremonial gown, march across stage, and get their diplomas/certificates. "

I cannot tell you how gratifying it will be to have this oldest group of girls, whom we have been supporting since 2008, graduate from high school.  National exams are very difficult and, unlike exams in U.S. middle and high schools, cover years of schoolwork.  These girls face tremendous adversity and poverty and it is a joy to have supported their schooling over the years.   

On behalf of the girls and the Girls Education International Board of Directors, I thank you for your support of this program.   Your donation is truly changing lives!       

 
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