As the school year begins, 300 young village girls are grateful for your support enabling them to enter primary school. Our partner, Association NEEED, is currently distributing school supplies and working with parents to purchase the lambs that will support the girls’ remaining 12 years of primary-secondary education. We will share photos of this year’s girls as soon as we receive them.
Meanwhile, we have received results of government year end testing of primary school students from last year: 86.4% of the girls supported by this Lambs Support Village Girls’ Education Project successfully passed these exams to complete primary school and enroll in middle school this year compared with 62.4% of all students in the Northern Region. This achievement level of girls supported by this project has been consistent since our support began in 2002. It is remarkable for two reasons: 1) the girls (and their parents) have taken seriously the opportunity given them for an education, and 2) it demonstrates the importance of very basic schools supplies in enhancing a child’s ability to maximize her potential.
In addition, younger girls are increasingly seeing older girls receive scholarships (supported by Friends of Burkina Faso and our partners, including GlobalGiving) to continue their educations beyond secondary school. This is a huge source of motivation and hope.
The Lambs Support Village Girls’ Education Project costs less in donor support than any education project I have ever seen in terms of cost per child per year of education: a $90 donation provides the initial necessary support allowing a girl to achieve 13 years of education.
Thanks again for your generous and continuing support for the education of these girls. Photos of “our girls” will be forthcoming soon.