Young village girls have inspiring stories about having the opportunity to go to school. It’s also important to hear from the adults in their world, especially their leaders and their parents, about how they view girls’ education. These adults are the focus of this report.
Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, in a keynote address at the European Development Days, June 5-6, 2018, declared that “Education is the only way to fight against early marriage. Education remains an essential vector for transforming the lives of young girls in all sectors of a nation’s life. Even more, it is an effective weapon against all practices that belong to another era. The world cannot afford to leave half of its human potential unused as it seeks to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs).” President Kabore’s open and candid declarations about the importance of girls’ education speak to very positive cultural changes in Burkina and to the growing commitment of government to promote girls’ education.
Ouedraogo Madi, President of the Village Development Committee and Chief of the village Bourbo. “Our sincere thank you to Association NEEED and its partner, Friends of Burkina Faso, for we know that behind all the work done by NEEED to encourage each village to send their young girls to school, there are NEEED’s partners who sacrifice in order to enable the education of our children. NEEED’s support of school materials, lamps, uniforms and a lamb for our young girls has in fact propelled the education of all children in our village. As proof, we had to build a second school of mud walls and thatched roof. We are very grateful to NEEED for helping us recently to replace this school by more permanent classrooms.
Ouedraogo Zoenabo, Parent and President of PTA. “I speak for all women in Bourbo because there is not a single person here who does not have a family member who has benefitted from the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project. Before this project, parents were only able to send one out of four children to school. The others stayed home. In view of the school materials given our daughters entering primary school, and our ability to continue to provide them each year – thanks to the lambs our daughters receive the first year - even our daughters who are too young to go to school beg their parents to enroll them in school. Before this project came to our village, many girls dropped out of primary school. Now most of them go on to secondary school. Our profound gratitude to Association NEEED and Friends of Burkina Faso for propelling the education of our daughters.”
Oct 31, 2018
Have You Ever Wondered...?
By Suzanne Plopper - Program manager
If you have ever wondered what a noon meal (of beans, rice or spaghetti) means to a village girl, especially one trying to get an education, you will appreciate the stories of Fatimata and Salmatou, two students at the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie where 98.5% of students passed year-end exams this year.
I was orphaned at a very early age and do not remember my parents. I have been raised by my grandmother. She sells small amounts of millet, beans and peanuts from her fields in order to feed me and my siblings. During drought years, my grandmother collects gravel which she sells to whoever would buy it. I am now in middle school. I am so grateful to receive a noon meal at my school. At home, we prepare one meal per day – in the evening. If there is anything left over in the morning, we eat it for breakfast. If not, I go to school with nothing to eat. I am fortunate to attend the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie where I know I will have a noon meal (of beans, rice or spaghetti). The canteen means everything to the many of us who come from indigent families.
I come from a village 18 kilometers from my school. When I entered primary school, I benefitted from the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project (run by Association NEEED to enable young village girls to enroll in primary school). I was given a lamb which my parents helped me to raise, sell and replace each year in order to support my education. During the rainy season, the lambs find grass to eat. However, the dry season is hard. We give the lambs dry millet stalks, dried peanut plant leaves and seed husks of the millet. I have been able to acquire nine sheep over the years as some of my lambs got pregnant and gave birth to twins before I had to sell them. I sell one whenever I or my family really need to. For example, now I live with an aunt in a village 8 kilometers from school. By selling a lamb, I was able to buy a bicycle to get to and from school. Along with the other students, I stay at school all day and use the midday break to study my lessons. My hope is to finish secondary school and study gynecology at the university.
On behalf of both girls, Thank You for giving them a noon meal and such encouragement on their educational journeys.
Please remember these girls on #GivingTuesday (November 27)!
Oct 15, 2018
International Day of the Girl
By Suzanne Plopper - Program manager
Emma, 2nd year teacher trainee
Emma and Alima are two of 15 young women who received scholarships for primary school teacher training last year thanks to this project. They are entering their second year of training this year: practice teaching in the classroom. Both come from subsistence farming families. They are in teacher training thanks to their academic success in secondary school and to the postsecondary scholarships they have received from generous GlobalGiving donors and others. They are passionate about teaching young children and are extremely grateful for the opportunity to receive teacher training.
Of the 105 young women whose teacher training scholarships we have supported in the past eight years, 90 have graduated and are teaching and thirteen are in their second year of training: 98% success among highly motivated and capable young village women. We are most appreciative of the opportunities given these young women and we are proud of their hard work and accomplishments. Coming from subsistence farming families, their only hope for postsecondary educations is through the modest scholarships offered to them, thanks to our GlobalGiving partners to this project.
As we embark on the 2018-2019 school year, thanks to the generosity of GlobalGiving donors, we are supporting teacher training scholarships for 15 young women. We will share photos of these happy young women in the very near future.
We invite you to celebrate the International Day of the Girl by donating generously to teacher training for young village women in northern Burkina Faso. These women will enable the government to further extend primary school education in the villages and they will be role models for future generations of young village girls.