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Jan 3, 2018

Thank you for Your 2017 Support

2017 scholarship recipients in teacher training
2017 scholarship recipients in teacher training

On behalf of the young women in northern Burkina Faso who have benefitted from the generous donations of GlobalGiving donors in 2017, I want to thank you for your support for the postsecondary/training scholarships for these young women.  Thanks to your donations, 12 young women who never dreamed of entering primary school at age six have enrolled this year in primary school teacher training.  With over 200 qualified candidates each year, competition is keen for the scholarships that your donations provide.  Major criteria for receiving a scholarship are academic performance and financial need.  All of these young women come from subsistence farming families.

A special thanks to our recurrent donors for your continuing support.  Your monthly donations provide the foundation for our scholarships.  We encourage more of you to become monthly recurrent donors.

What does it cost for a young village woman to become a primary school teacher?   The scholarships cost $1,540 for two years of primary school teacher training.  This pays for school fees and materials, lodging, food and incidentals. 

Of the 105 young women who have received our scholarships since 2010, all but one have completed their training and are teaching or are currently in training.  Impressive: 99% success by bright, very motivated, hardworking and appreciative young women!

Once again, we thank you for your support in 2017, and we look forward to your continued support for the education of young village women in Burkina Faso.

We wish you all the best in 2018.

Oct 19, 2017

Assita: An Inspiring Young Woman

Assita, an inspiring young woman
Assita, an inspiring young woman

I am proud to share with you the story of one of the young women who has benefitted from your generous support of noon meals at the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie (LMA, the middle/secondary school for girls).  Assita just completed secondary school, as one of the top students, at the LMA. She volunteered recently to share her story with us.

I grew up in a small village 30 kms from the nearest town.  My parents were subsistence farmers.  Both of them died when I was nine years old.  An uncle took my sisters and me in.  Following primary school, I was able to enroll in and finish middle school thanks a friend of a local nurse who paid my fees. I qualified to enter the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie to complete my secondary education.  There, I found strict and serious faculty, and a noon meal which allowed me to stay at school the entire day and use my lunch hour to study.  As a consequence, I completed secondary school near the top of my class.  This year, I am enrolled at the University of Koudougou (in Burkina Faso) to study geography. My ambition is to become a statistical geographer.  I am most grateful to GlobalGiving donors for your generous support for the school lunch program which contributed significantly to helping me make my dream come true.  I could not have done it without you.  

As the school year begins, 131 new students from villages will be enrolled in the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie, making a total population of 742 students (grades 7 - 13) this school year.  It is a challenge to ensure a basic noon meal for the students, all of whom have had to find lodging at least 3 km from the school. We thank you most sincerely for your past and continuing support for a noon meal for these students.

Oct 5, 2017

Thank You for 15 New Teacher Training Scholarships

Nabo, a GlobalGiving scholarship recipient
Nabo, a GlobalGiving scholarship recipient

As the school year begins in Burkina Faso, we extend our sincere Thank You to our GlobalGiving partners.  Your generous donations this past year have made it possible for 15 young village women in Burkina Faso to enter primary school teacher training this fall.  The selections have been made by Association NEEED and the Ministry of Education and the young teacher trainees are about to embark on their professional training. 

We are proud that all but one of the 56 recipients of Friends of Burkina Faso/GlobalGiving scholarships in the past four years have successfully completed their training or are currently in training.  Proper selection of qualified and motivated young village women!

Nabo, who just completed her second year of primary school teacher training, explains what this primary teacher training consists of.  The first year of training includes educational theory and pedagogy applied to primary school education in French, math, earth science, life science and physical education; educational psychology; professional ethics; laws governing primary school education; and a dissertation. 

 The second year of training focuses on practice in the classroom. The trainee is assigned to a primary school and spends the year in all six grades: 1) observing classroom teachers teaching their classes, and 2) putting into practice their own knowledge gained from their first year of instruction and from their observations of teachers.

At the end of training, students take a comprehensive exam in order to be certified, followed by a civil service exam in order to be hired by the government.

Nabo describes her two years of training as a very positive experience and thanks Friends of Burkina Faso/GlobalGiving donors for making it possible.  She looks forward to being assigned to a primary school this fall and to being able to assist her family financially.

On behalf of our scholarship recipients, we thank you for your past and continued support for the postsecondary education of these deserving young women.

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