We would like to share a quick update from Burkina Faso.
NEEED is very proud of our cafeteria and wishes to thank GlobalGiving and Friends of Burkina Faso for all of their support which has made it possible to serve a noon meal to the students of this middle school.
During the school day, three women prepare the noon meal for 400 students, using bottled gas in order to not consume wood. The large cooking pots are then placed near the dining area so students can be served.
We have a well that provides us with drinking water for the students and currently everyone is on vacation.
I am very happy to report that 81% of middle school girls passed national exams in May, qualifying them to go on to the next class. Their achievement levels continue to rise: in '05-'06, 71% passed these exams; and in '06-'07, 77% passed. Next year, the first class to attend the girls' middle school will take year-end exams to determine their eligibility for senior high school. With students' hard work, in an adequate learning environment (with committed teachers, 50-student class sizes AND a daily noon meal), we hope that 100% of the girls will qualify for senior high school. (This year, by contrast, 37% of middle school students from all public middle schools in the region passed qualifying exams to go on to senior high school.)
We anticipate an enrollment of 500 students in middle school next year, an increase of 100 over last year. The cost of the school lunch program will rise to approximately $17,000. Currently, we have $8,000. We need to raise $9,000 in order to ensure the continuation of this essential element in the students’ success.
Our sincere thank you for your past, and continued, support for school lunches for the middle school girls. These basic lunches of rice and sauce (costing approximately $.31 per day per girl) contribute greatly to their ability to concentrate in school.
By Suzanne Plopper | Project Manager, Girls' Education Project
NEEED (the Burkinabe NGO that founded & runs the girls' education project) reports that 98% of girls supported by the Lambs For School Project (see Education For 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso) are passing annual exams in primary school; and 100% are passing annual exams in middle school, qualifying them to go to the next level. It is anticipated that middle school enrollment will grow from 400 this year to 600 next year. At just $.30 per student per day, school lunches are essential to students' ability to concentrate and succeed in their studies.
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