Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 12, is GlobalGiving’s biggest Bonus Day of the year. GlobalGiving will match all donations to this project by 50% up to a maximum of $1000 per donor. Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. The $90,000 in bonus funds will go fast! Bonus Day begins at 9am EST, (6am PST). Mark your calendars to donate at 9am EST!! The matching funds go fast, so do it early!
As the school year comes to a close, we are optimistic about year-end notes for the primary school girls we have supported this year. We anticipate receiving their academic results soon.
And though it is a ways off for these girls, we are increasingly optimistic about their futures beyond secondary school as scholarships become available for post-secondary training.
As our partner, Association NEEED, responds to the requests of 60 more villages to participate in this project (for young girls to receive school materials and a lamb for their first year of school, after which their parents raise and sell the lamb each year to pay for subsequent years of her education), I am reminded of how the leaders of this project began with the idea of closing the gender gap in public education in the northern region of Burkina Faso by enabling as many young girls as project funds will allow each year to enter school. This idea has led to an enormous change in village parents’ interest in, and commitment to, ensuring that their daughters receive an education. Parents whose daughters have participated in the project earlier continue to apply the “lambs” strategy to send younger daughters to school, and girls continue to succeed in school at a rate far beyond that of their peers in the region (89% to 63% last year). It is clear that NEEED has a simple strategy for girls’ education that works: a modest one-time assistance to young girls, parental commitment to their daughters’ educational success, involvement of teachers and village leaders, and effective oversight by NEEED.
Thank you for your generous and continued support for village girls’ education in Burkina Faso!
There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls. (Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary General)