I am very pleased to report that 182 girls who just completed six years of primary school with support of the Lambs For School Project have passed national exams this June, qualifying them to continue on to middle school. This is an 88% pass rate as compared with 61% of students passing these exams in the province as a whole.
The achievement level of these girls is a testament to:
· the girls’ abilities and hard work;
· the parents’ commitment to follow through with the raising and selling of their lambs, and purchase of new lambs and school materials for their daughters annually; and
· the organization and integrity of NEEED (the local NGO whose membership includes school masters of the rural primary schools in which girls are supported by the Lambs for School Project ) to set realistic expectations of the parents and girls, to provide initial resources to enable the girls to enter school, and to provide guidance to the parents encouraging them to fulfill their commitments to support their daughters’ education.
NEEED is also assisting the government of Burkina Faso with the expansion of the public school system in the region. With outside funding, NEEED has just completed the construction of two public village primary schools, and is building two new public secondary schools in order to expand access to education for rural children. NEEED is seeking funding to expand the girls' middle school to accommodate the rising number of students.
Our sincere thanks to you for your past, and continuing, support for the Lambs For School Project.