Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)

The mission of FBF is to promote good will, cross-cultural understanding and friendship between the people of the United States and Burkina Faso; to support grass-roots development projects in Burkina Faso; and to enrich lives of the citizens in both countries. Its Projects Committee serves as a vehicle to facilitate the organization's support of development activities. The Committee evaluates proposals, selects projects, monitors activities, and informs members about project developments.
Feb 26, 2016

Education Transforms Village Girls

Village girls starting school/in teacher training
Village girls starting school/in teacher training

All of our scholarship recipients come from indigent village families.  In nearly all cases, fathers are subsistence farmers in the Sahel.  In several cases, the father is deceased.   In all cases, mothers are “housewives” which means that they walk miles every day to find wood to cook with and water for drinking, cooking and bathing for their families; and they work in their husbands’ fields.  Most students have between 4 and 8 siblings.  In many cases, these young women are the first in their families to attend school.  In a short while, thanks to you, our generous GlobalGiving partners, they will be teachers for the next generation of village children in the region they came from. 

 These young village women have earned their access to primary school teacher training by being at the top of their class.  Once trained, they will be assigned as teachers in village primary schools. 

 Receiving primary school teacher training is not only rewarding and productive for the individual scholarship recipients but for villages as well.  In addition to our students’ commitment to become the best teachers they can be, these young women have a strong commitment to serve as positive role models to village parents and children.  The presence of an increasing number of young women teachers in village primary schools in northern Burkina Faso is already beginning to have a positive effect on villagers’ perceptions of women’s roles and of the future of young girls whose parents support their education.  

 Among this year’s scholarship recipients, nearly all cite two secondary roles once they become teachers.  First, advocating with village parents to send their children to school.  Second, helping village women acquire skills to enable them to develop small markets for local goods.

We are contributing to the training of a remarkable group of young women who are dedicated to the future of both the younger generation and to the improvement of living conditions of their families.  These young teacher trainees are profoundly grateful for your support in this endeavor and hope that you will lend a generous hand to next year’s girls qualifying for postsecondary education.

Feb 2, 2016

Let's Give a Hand Up to Amazing Students

Lunch time: students appreciate a hot meal.
Lunch time: students appreciate a hot meal.

Students of the Lycee Modern de ‘Amitie (combined middle/secondary school for girls in northern Burkina Faso) are amazing!    Last year, 82% of the middle school students passed the national exit exam compared with 59% of students nationally; and 84% of the secondary school students passed the national exit exam compared with 37% of students nationally.  Students remark that a hot noon meal (of rice, beans or macaroni) is a major factor in their being able to concentrate and excel.   

Most of these 685 students come from distant villages.  At their young age, they have to find families to live with or live with classmates (often in precarious situations) in a town 3 kms from their school.   Because the students have very limited resources to sustain their daily needs, including food, the school maintains a canteen offering them a hot noon meal when they are in school.  It is the educational environment, in particular a hot noon meal, plus high educational standards that allows these girls from indigent village families to succeed

Students entering middle school this year want to share with our GlobalGiving partners that their coursework includes: French, English, math, biology, life science and earth science, history and geography, and physical education.

The canteen serving students of this school relies entirely upon donations in order to provide simple meals to students.   Please help us support a noon meal for students, clearly an essential factor in the educational success of village girls from indigent families who hold great potential and great desire to achieve a productive education and future.

Our sincere gratitude for your hand up to these outstanding young women (future teachers, health workers and leaders in Burkina Faso)!

Serious students in class
Serious students in class
Dec 1, 2015

This year's teacher trainees

Risnata loves learning how to help children learn.
Risnata loves learning how to help children learn.

I want to share with you four of the 26 primary school teachers whose training you, our GG partners, are supporting this year.  These young women, all from villages in northern Burkina Faso, are grateful to be given the opportunity to be trained as primary school teachers.  Because their parents are subsistence farmers, they had no avenue but their scholarships to receive this training.

This project has been spectacularly successful: 30 of our 78 scholarship recipients have graduated and are teaching and 48 are currently in training.  100% success to date.   

This holiday season is a particularly good time to support young village women who aspire to become primary school teachers in Burkina.  During GlobalGiving’s Year-End Campaign, $10,000 in bonus grants are available beginning December 1 and running through December 31.   To qualify for bonuses, we must raise at least $3,000 from 30 donors.  Recurrent donations initiated before December 1 this year do not qualify.

We are looking to increase the number of scholarships for primary school teacher training to 35 next year.  We hope that you will share our goal.  Through GlobalGiving, you may make your donation in honor of a family member, special friend or colleague.  Your support for primary school teacher training in Burkina enables the government to extend primary school education to more and more village children.

Thank you for your support for these dedicated young women.

Suzanne Plopper

Habibou is committed to the education of youth.
Habibou is committed to the education of youth.
Fatimata enjoys working with & teaching children
Fatimata enjoys working with & teaching children
Salamata has always wanted to be a teacher.
Salamata has always wanted to be a teacher.
 
   

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