Jun 1, 2010

WGEP Community: People Impacted in 2009

The numbers are in: during 2009, WGEP provided 180 full and partial scholarships to girls from the rural Fatik region of Senegal, as well as tutoring and mentoring programs, health education workshops, family support, and community awareness programs, impacting a total of 2,500 individuals from 48 villages and 23 schools throughout the region.

Additionally, anecdotal information provided by our local partners indicate that the number of schools within the region has increased, the total number of girls has steadily risen within classes, and that school directors are now more apt to actively recruit girls than in the past.

Not only has the rate of enrollment of girls in school increased, but there has been an improvement in academic performance among girls in the region. More girls in Sokone have been receiving awards for classroom achievement. Among WGEP scholars, 55 percent of our scholars finished in the top five of their class; 70 percent earned average or above average grades. One WGEP scholar from Sokone High School was even admitted to the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

These numbers are especially meaningful considering that only 18 percent of all girls in Senegal attend middle school (UNICEF), and only 6.4 percent move on to high school (Ministry of Education, Senegal).

We could not do this work without your support--thank you so much!


May 7, 2010

WGEP to speak at U.N. conference on girls' ed

Women's Global Education Project to Speak at United Nations Girls' Education Initiative Global Conference

Women's Global Education Project is proud to announce that we have been selected by the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative to speak at their global conference this May 17-20 in Dakar, Senegal!

Executive Director Amy Maglio and Women's Global Senegal Project Coordinator Adji Senghor will be among the 150 presenters and delegates from around the world who will be attending and speaking at the "E4: Engendering Empowerment: Education and Equality" conference.

Amy will be speaking about the work of Women's Global in Senegal and Kenya, talking specifically about barriers we found to girls' education in the communities where we work. Amy will also present ways in which Women's Global has helped our communities remove these barriers so more girls enroll, attend and succeed in school.

During her trip to Senegal, Amy will also visit our program in Sine-Saloum, a day-long bus ride from Dakar. Women's Global has worked in the rural Sine-Saloum region since our inception in 2003.


Feb 9, 2010

Making a Personal Difference: Notes from the Field

Mossane Thiaw, age 13, is in sixth grade at Sainte-Thérèse Elementary School in Senegal and has been a Women's Global scholarship recipient since 2005. Because there was no school in her home village, Mossane mostly lives with her grandparents who live near Sainte-Thérèse.

Mossane and her grandmother, Sylvie, recently caught up with Women's Global:

Mossane: I visit my parents regularly but live with my grandparents and my six uncles, all of whom go to high school. I live with them so I can go to school. I get up at 6 a.m. every day to sweep the house and help wash up after the family breakfast. I also help with all the meals. We often eat couscous in the morning, maybe thieboudienne (Senegalese dish of fish, rice and tomato sauce) at noon, and couscous again at night.

At 7:30 am, I leave to go to school. I take courses in math, history, geography, observation, civic education, ethics, health education, drawing, French, and singing. My favorite subject is math, and I always do well in it.

One of the proudest days of my life was the day I received my books and school bag for the first time. I am so thankful for this scholarship that allows me to go to school. When I finish my studies, I want to be a doctor and help others who have no means to help themselves.

Sylvie (Mossane's grandmother): My husband and I wanted to help Mossane because there is no school in her village. I have no daughter, and I want to help Mossane with her education. We are thankful that she can receive a scholarship because my husband’s salary is insufficient to fully support our family, much less send her to school.

Because she is in school, Mossane has a better outlook on life and work, and she has developed good habits that will help her throughout life. The whole neighborhood sees her success and wants this same scholarship!

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