Jul 18, 2011

Our Students Continue to Excel

The Lycee Moderne de l'Amitie (LMA, the combined middle/secondary school) reports the following year-end results for its students:  70% of all students successfully passed national exams, qualifying them to proceed to the next class. 

Unfortunately, Burkina Faso experienced political unrest for much of the spring semester which forced the closing of schools for extended periods of time during the semester.  This disrupted the educational system throughout the country and impacted teachers' ability to adequately cover subject matter in their classes. 

Given these conditions, however, students of the LMA still outperformed other middle school students in the region.  Forty eight percent of LMA students passed the BEPC (the exit exam at the end of middle school which determines if a student may go on to secondary school) versus 30% of students at all other middle schools in the region.

Jul 18, 2011

Girls' Education Gains Traction in Rural Burkina Faso

Thanks to the generous support of our GlobalGiving partners, 300 6-year old village girls in northern Burkina Faso enrolled in primary school last fall through the "Education for 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso" Project (also known as the Lambs for School Project in which the project supports a girl's first year of school and the purchase of a lamb; and the parents are responsible for raising and selling their daughter's lamb each year to support her remaining 12 years of school).   

Village girls receiving our support have no other avenue to education due to the extreme poverty of their families.   To quote Jeanne Elisabeth Sanga (who attends the public primary school in the village of Dandambara): "My parents are poor.  Without this support from NEEED, I would never have the chance to go to school.  My mother is proud of me."

Overall, 98% of the primary school girls supported by the Lambs for School Project passed national exams this year, qualifying them to advance to the next grade.  Eighty-six percent of the girls supported by the Lambs for School Project who were in their final year of primary school this year passed national exams,enabling them to enter middle school.  Both of these exam results are well above the national average.

The academic success of village girls supported by this project is creating intense pressure by rural populations in  the region for the education of young girls.  The awakening of the awareness of the value of girls's education has taken off with the recent success of village girls enrolled in school.  According to NEEED (the local NGO that runs this project), virtually all rural parents now want their daughters to go to school, a phenomenon unheard of ten years ago.  With support from its GlobalGiving partners, NEEED would like to enroll 500 girls in primary school each year in order to better respond to the demands of parents, and to contribute to healthier families and development in the region.

On behalf of the Lambs for School girls, I extend our sincere thanks to all of our GlobalGiving partners for your past, and continuing, support.  We appreciate your sharing our girls' needs, and their successes, with your social networks.  We welcome your questions about any aspect of the project, and we welcome your ideas about how we can expand our support for it.

 “Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process.   It is also the most
influential factor in improving child health and reducing infant mortality”.  (Women’s Empowerment and Reproductive Health, UN Fund for Population Activities, 2000)


Mar 15, 2011

Bonus Day: March 16. 30% matching funds!

Bonus Day: March 16!
Dear Girls' Education partner in Burkina Faso,

I am writing to share with you that on March 16 (that's this Wednesday), GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project!  There is $75,000 available in matching funds on March 16.  
In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!
Terms and Conditions:
•    Matching is applied up to $1,000 per donor per project on March 16, 2011 between 12:01am and 11:59 pm EST (GMT-4) until matching funds run out;
•    There is $75,000 available matching funds;
•    Only online donations (credit card or paypal) are eligible for matching.  Donations made by check are not eligible;
•    Donations made on www.globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites (including Nike, Global Action Atlas, etc) are NOT eligible for matching.

We at Friends of Burkina Faso would like to take this opportunity to maximize our fundraising support for the education of village girls in northern Burkina Faso by inviting all of our partners (that's you!) to donate to this project on Wednesday March 16.

 Thank you for your continued support for the education of village girls in Burkina Faso!

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