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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
Apr 3, 2018

Students Express Much Gratitude for Your Support

Risnata
Risnata

Ever wonder what a $1,540 teacher training scholarship means to a young village woman in northern Burkina Faso?  The students (12 this year) who receive the scholarships to which you generously contribute are carefully selected based on their academic ability, their expressed commitment to teaching AND on their need for financial assistance in order to enroll in primary school teacher training.  

Three first-year students wish to express their deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving donors for their scholarships which have given them the opportunity to train as primary school teachers.

Risnata.  I am a 21 year old 1st-year student at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training in Ouahigouya (northern Burkina Faso).  I am an orphan: I lost both of my parents.  It is with much emotion and a heart full of joy that I write to you to say Thank You for your invaluable support.  Your assistance will help me to become the responsible person I want to become at the end of my training.  The training is going well and I am very proud to be able to benefit from it.  A huge Thank You for your support.

Zalissa.  I am 20 years old, single, and in my first year at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training in Ouahigouya.  Sincerely, I am very very happy to have your support.  This year’s training focuses on theory (including general principles of pedagogy and their specific application to teaching all primary school subjects; and professional ethics).  I will spend next year practice teaching in the classroom.  Honestly, it is thanks to your support that I am in this training program and will be a teacher, and a responsible woman, at the end of my training.

Hadjaratou.  I am 22 years old and I have a two-year old child.  I am in my first year of training at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training. I am very grateful to Association NEEED and its partners (including Friends of Burkina Faso and GlobalGiving donors) for the support I have received, allowing me to train to become a primary school teacher.  Without that, I would not have been able to have this training.  Thanks to your support, I hope to become a model teacher.  Thank you!

On behalf of these young women and their fellow trainees whose education you are supporting, thank you for your past and continuing support!

Zalissa
Zalissa
Hadjaratou
Hadjaratou
 
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