Empowering grandmothers for children's education

by The Grandmother Project, Inc
Empowering grandmothers for children's education
Empowering grandmothers for children's education
Empowering grandmothers for children's education
Empowering grandmothers for children's education
Empowering grandmothers for children's education
Empowering grandmothers for children's education
Empowering grandmothers for children's education
Empowering grandmothers for children's education
Empowering grandmothers for children's education
Empowering grandmothers for children's education
Grandmothers help girls stay in school
Grandmothers help girls stay in school

 

School has returned to Velingara and children aren’t the only ones in the classroom.  Grandmothers provide an important part of children’s schooling and connect them to their history, traditions and culture.  When grandmothers are involved in the education of children, they have the ability to support children to stay in school – particularly girls. 

 

Frequently, parents do not support girls to continue their schooling.  Parents often see schooling as dangerous; an activity that does not reflect their culture or traditions that could also lead to teen pregnancy.  With the help of grandmothers in schools, girls are supported in their education and parents feel comfortable in sending their girls to school, knowing that grandmothers are there to look out for their daughters’ well-being. 

 

Grandmothers know that girls must finish their schooling in order to be part of the future. As one grandmother noted: “We must let the girls continue their studies. This is very important because today a girl can become a minister; she will help you and she will benefit as well.”

 

Thanks to your support grandmothers have been able to continue their work in the schools, ensuring that girls are able to continue their education and reach their dreams.  Join us this International Women’s Day in celebrating the powerful work of the grandmothers. 

Grandmothers improve school outcomes
Grandmothers improve school outcomes
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Children reading books on traditional story tales
Children reading books on traditional story tales

Fatoumata is ready for her return to school next week. Thanks to GMP’s Summer Education Program, Fatoumata was able to review math and French, in addition to learning some traditional games and discover more about the history of her community. Together with Fatoumata, almost 2,500 children from 25 different schools participated in GMP’s Summer Education Program. 965 girls and 929 boys participated in a series of fun and engaging activities that were facilitated by 158 grandmothers from the local communities, in addition to receiving a robust review of French and mathematics that was supported by 33 teachers from local area schools.

 

The grandmothers that assisted teachers in the Summer Education Program will also be present in school this year to provide continuity and support to families sending their children back to school after 8 long months without any schooling.

 

Historically, families in Velingara do not trust the school system, as it as seen as a foreign institution that does not respect the local community’s values or history. Grandmothers, however, have built a bridge between the schools and the community so that families are better informed about what is going on in school and know that the grandmothers ensure that the curriculum also reflects the local culture.

 

Thanks to you, grandmothers are able to support both the education and well-being of children in Velingara.

Grandmothers: a resource for children's education
Grandmothers: a resource for children's education
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Fatoumata can't wait to get back to school.
Fatoumata can't wait to get back to school.

Fatoumata just turned 9 and all she wants for her birthday is to go back to school so she can continue learning about her favorite subject: math. Because of COVID-19, since mid-March schools are closed, and because Fatoumata lives in Némataba, a poor, rural area of southern Senegal, there is no opportunity for distance learning. In fact, like the majority of her friends from school, her family has no radio and she has no access to schoolbooks. Fatoumata and her schoolmates are already behind their counterparts from urban areas in Senegal; no school for almost 6 months only ensures they remain behind.

 

To ensure Fatoumata will be prepared to start fourth grade in September, GMP has decided to use some of the donations to the “Empowering grandmothers for children’s education” project to support a summer educational program, which will bring teachers, grandmothers and children to support children’s learning and cultural awareness. Fun, engaging activities about traditional knowledge and culture will be coupled with a robust program of reinforcement in French language and mathematics to ensure that Fatoumata and many other primary schoolchildren are not left behind.

 

GMP aims to reach 2,000 primary schoolchildren across communities throughout the Némataba and Kandia communes in the department of Vélingara. Once schools reopen in September, GMP will begin the training of grandmothers and teachers so they may continue working together to improve school attendance and performance. Now, more than ever, we must concentrate on improving quality education for children in southern Senegal. With your help and the grandmothers we are sure to succeed!

Grandmothers teach children COVID-19 prevention.
Grandmothers teach children COVID-19 prevention.
Grandmothers are an important educational resource
Grandmothers are an important educational resource
GMP donated 1,000 bars of soap to local villages.
GMP donated 1,000 bars of soap to local villages.
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The Grandmother Project, Inc

Location: Chevy Chase, MD - USA
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Judi Aubel
Chevy Chase, MD United States
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