The children of the nomadic Tuareg have never known formal schooling and government has under-funded education in Nothern Mali for many years. While Mali is already one of the world's most illiterate countries, with the literacy rate around 25%, the villages near Timbuktu have even lower literacy rates, many under 15%. Caravan to Class' mission is to reverse this injustice and bring the dream of education, and the hope for a better life, to the children of these villages in post conflict Mali.
The three pillars of getting kids into school in the area where Caravan to Class operates, and part of Caravan to Class model to invest in literacy in the Southern Sahara Desert, are: 1) Building a safe and welcoming school building, 2) Hiring accredited teachers, 3) Providing basic nutrition, school supplies and books. Tombouz is one of almost 1000 villages in the Timbuktu region, more than half without schools. With a new cement school, the Tombouz children will realize the dream of literacy.
The project will put the more than 120 children of the village of Tombouz on the path to receiving a needed education, allowing them to break the cycle of illiteracy and have a future full of hope. In addition to building the school and paying for its operations, Caravan to Class works with the village to ensure prioritization of schooling, particularly for girls, and we will measure ourselves by the ratio of girls to boys, the increase in students, and the levels of literacy achieved.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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