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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.

Jul 20, 2017

Three Students' Stories

Fatou
Fatou

As this school year ends, three students who have benefitted from the noon meal which you have supported at the Lycee Moderne de l'Amitie (the girls' middle/secondary school) wish to share their stories:

  • Fatou.  I will enter my final year of secondary school next year.  My parents are subsistence farmers in a village 3 km from my school.  I am the only one in my family to go to school.  On weekends and vacation, I sell boiled eggs on the side of the road to help support my studies. I thank you for enabling me to have a noon meal and not have to walk the 3 km to and from home (in the hot Sahel sun) but rather stay at school and study.  I am majoring in science in school and hope to become a gynecologist.
  • Omaimatou.  I come from a polygamous family with 12 children.  My father is a subsistence farmer and my mother sells small biscuits at the side of the road.  The only child in my family to advance to secondary school, I am a science major with two years left in secondary school.  During vacation, I sell bananas and mangoes in the market.  I look forward to serving my country in whatever capacity I qualify for training in.
  • Zakiatou.  I am majoring in literature in my final year at the Lycee Moderne de l'Amitie.  The daughter of subsistence farmers, I am the only child in my family to advance to the final year in secondary school.  I want to thank you for supporting the school's canteen which provides me and my fellow students a noon meal which we would otherwise not have.  I prepare and sell small biscuits in my village during vacation to support my studies.  Upon graduation, I hope to get a scholarship to the university to study law.

Three hundred seven village girls attended the Lycee this year.  Academic results are not yet available for this school year.  Last year, a full 100% of students in the math/science series passed national year-end exams and 82% passed exams in literature.  This is an extraordinary credit to the students and teachers, and to a simple NOON MEAL which enables students to concentrate on their studies.  Thank you for continuing to be an important part of these young village women's success.

Omaimatou
Omaimatou
Zakiatou
Zakiatou
 
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