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”.