Noon Meal Improves Girls' Learning in Burkina Faso

by Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)

An impressive 79% of girls attending the College Modern de l’Amitie (the girls’ middle school in northern Burkina Faso) in 2008-2009 passed national exams, qualifying them to continue to the next level. 72% of students in their last year at the College Modern de l’Amitie passed national exams qualifying them to go on to secondary school. This compares with a 39% success rate among students in the general population taking these exams.

Access to a noon meal has played an essential role in the students’ success, along with dedicated teachers and parents and, most importantly, the commitment of students to their learning.

With an anticipated enrollment of 425 students in middle school next year, the cost of the school lunch program will be approximately $35,000 for the school year. Currently, we have $10,860 to support this project. With your help, we hope to raise an additional $17,000 in order to ensure the continuation of this essential element in the students’ success.

On behalf of NEEED and the middle school students and their parents, we thank you for your past and continuing support which is crucial to enabling these girls to succeed in school.

As always, we welcome your comments and questions.

To quote Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary General: “There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls”.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who so generously contributed to the school lunch program this past semester, and especially during the Everybody Can Win challenge in November/December. Your support has enabled us to fund one-half of the cost of the school lunch program this spring semester.

Providing noon meals to the students of the middle school ensures that these girls receive basic nourishment which will enable them to have the capacity to learn and succeed in school. The girls walk 6 km to and from school in the sweltering heat with little to nothing to eat in the morning. The lunch of rice, corn or beans with sauce now costs $.40 a day for one girl, an amount that their families are unable to pay.

The students of this middle school are from villages in the region and are pursuing their education thanks to the support of individual donors in some cases and of our sister project “Education For 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso” (also known as the Lambs For School Project). We are all proud of the educational achievements of these girls, the women of tomorrow in Burkina Faso.

Thank you for your continuing support!

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.

Thanks for your support.

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.

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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Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)

Location: Chester, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Suzanne Plopper
Project Manager, Girls' Education Project
Chester, CA United States

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