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Jul 13, 2018

Emma Marie Rose, Zalissa and Felicite

Emma Marie Rose
Emma Marie Rose

 "There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls". Kofi Annon, former U.N. Secretary General

The school year is coming to a close in Burkina Faso and Assn. NEEED informs us that of the 12 young women supported by Friends of Burkina Faso and GlobalGiving this year, 10 have successfully completed their first year of training.  (The second year students will do practice teaching for another month.)  One student will repeat her first year due to a long illness, and one student failed in her studies.

The following three students wish to share with you their stories and their gratitude for your generous support:

Emma Marie Rose.  My parents are subsistence farmers.  When I told them that I received a scholarship from Assn NEEED and Friends of Burkina Faso to be trained as a primary school teacher, my father killed a chicken and my mother prepared rice to celebrate this news.  My training went very well this year.  I am very grateful for your support and I wish to encourage you in your support of the education of young women like me whose only hope for such training is through the generosity of your donors!

Zalissa.   My father has four wives and 21 children.  In a poor and polygamous family like mine, it is very difficult to contemplate access to any education.  Thanks to Assn NEEED and Friends of Burkina Faso, I am in my first year of primary school teacher training.   I thank you very much for what you have allowed me to become today and for what I will become tomorrow.

Felicite.  I am in my first year of training to be a primary school teacher.  I am one of five children in my family.  When my older sister was 13 and in 8th grade, she got pregnant.  She was forced to leave home, and school, to live with the father of her child.  Due to my family’s poverty, I also had to leave school.  Fortunately, I received a scholarship from Assn. NEEED.  My family is counting on me to pay for the schooling of my three younger siblings.  I promise you that I will work hard and merit the confidence you have placed in me.

On behalf of all of the young Burkinabe women whose educations you have supported, I want to add my deepest gratitude for your giving them this opportunity.  Not only are they, with rare exceptions, achieving their goals but they are also setting an outstanding example for their younger peers, and their parents, for what they can achieve.  Thank you for your past and continued support!

Zalissa
Zalissa
Felicite
Felicite
May 29, 2018

The Beginning of a Brighter Future

Azera
Azera

Azera, Risnata and Aminata are in their first year of primary school.  All three are from subsistence-farming families in small villages in northern Burkina Faso.  They were only able to enter school because of the support of the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project.   Recently, they shared with us their reactions to primary school.  As is obvious in their expressions, they are still adapting to this new experience.  Typical of most of these young village girls, adjustment to the learning environment and to the other children takes time.  Azera, Risnata and Aminata all said that they feel like strangers in this new environment and they expressed anxiety and apprehension about asserting themselves or interacting with other children.

We are confident, however, that this is the starting point to a much brighter future.  To see how past students supported by this project develop socially and succeed educationally as they progress through primary, middle and secondary school is truly amazing.  The expressions on the faces of middle school girls supported by this project, and their results in national year-end exams, demonstrate the potential that these village girls have and what they can achieve, given the opportunity to go to school.   

Academically, 84% of girls enrolled in primary school through the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Projecthave passed national exit exams at the end of primary school, qualifying them to continue on to middle school, compared with 64% of their peers in the region.  These girls have continued to excel far beyond their peers in middle and secondary school and a number of them have qualified for scholarships for postsecondary education/training in primary school teaching, nursing, midwifery or a university education.  All it took was an initial investment of $80 and the girls and their parents took it from there.    

Such a successful girls’ education endeavor and such a simple concept.  Raising awareness of the importance of girls’ education by providing modest encouragement has a great multiplier effect.

As this school year ends and we begin to prepare for next year, we seek to enable 150 young village girls to enter primary school next year.  At $80 per child (for a full 13 years of education – a real bargain with this self-help strategy), this will require $12,000.  Please help us give these girls the opportunity to start their educations and, in the long run, contribute to the future of their communities and nation.

We thank you for your support!!

Risnata
Risnata
Aminata
Aminata
Apr 19, 2018

Reflections of Three Secondary Students

Fadilatou
Fadilatou

Three students at the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (middle/secondary school for girls) have shared with us their reflections about school life, what they perceive as inappropriate assertiveness, pre-occupation with cell phones and academic challenges, and their reactions: the need to respect teachers, to not use cell phones when riding one’s bicycle in traffic and above all, the need to study hard. 

Two of the students (Fanta and Balguissa) are in their next to final year of secondary school and hope to study medicine and serve their communities as physicians.  They are concerned about their grades and vow to work hard to merit entry into medical school following graduation from secondary school. 

As I read their stories, these students are not so different from US students in their determination to reach their goals and in their reactions to certain adolescent behaviors that they see around them.   Their challenges are many, however, including especially daily subsistence needs and access to up-to-date and accurate information to help them complete their studies and prepare themselves for a university education. 

We are proud to support school lunches for these mature young women who are academically focused and determined to be of service to their country upon completion of their studies.

Fanta
Fanta
Balguissa
Balguissa
 
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