The Ouelessebougou Alliance, has been, and is committed to keeping girls in school.
One way we do this is by partnering with Days for Girls International, an organization committed to educating girls about female health and reproduction, and providing feminine hygiene kits to help keep girls in school all year long.
Days for Girls International is an organization, “dedicated to improving lives and livelihoods in part through safe, sustainable feminine hygiene choices to promote dignity, opportunity and health of girls and women throughout the world.”
Providing girls and women with access to this type of care, helps keep girls in school longer, and fosters a culture of long lasting education. We know that by educating girls and women we can reduce poverty, develop agriculture, and increase economic development.
If you educate a girl, you can change the world. There will be less poverty, fewer cases of HIV, there will be fewer child brides and fewer cases of young girls dying in childbirth.
Education gives girls the power to make choices. The power to get an education, stay health, marry when she wants to, and have health, happy children when she is ready.
The Alliance is committed to expanding educational opportunities for village children, especially girls. School latrines and village wells have opened the door for many more young women to pursue their goals. In addition, our outreach with village education councils has helped them see the importance of both boys and girls receiving quality educational instruction.
YOUR SUPPORT CHANGES LIVES!
Well, it's that time of year again! Both here in the US and in Mali students are headed back to school.
Recently in one of our villages, Famana, the principal of the school there shared a story that children - both boys and girls - some as young as 4 years, were walking to school to listen in on the lessons and learn, despite the fact they weren't technically enrolled. And the teachers, graciously and patiently allowed them to listen in.
Famana has been one of the villages where are education initiatives have been successfully implemented, which includes: teacher trainings for all teacher, providing school supplies such as book and bench desks, and increasing enrollment numbers of village children, especially among girls.
Thanks to the wonderful teachers who give so much to make sure children in remote villages also have a safe place to learn! And thanks to all of you who continue to support our education initiatives and turn these children’s dreams into reality!
The number of girls now attending school in OA's 11 schools increased to an all time high of 846 during this most recent school year! Our work educating parents on the importance of girls attending school continues to make a difference and YOUR support continues to fund educational opportunities for those girls whose familes can't afford it.
It is our moral obligation to empower these young girls. But even from a practical standpoint, it makes sense. An article from November 2013 in The Economist states, "Economists see reducing sexual inequality in education as a vital part of promoting development. The failure to educate girls limits economic growth in the developing world by wasting human capital."
Please continue to invest in these young girl's lives and we'll do our part to ensure that their schools are well-equipped with qualified teachers, books and supplies.
The Alliance's Field Director just visited the village of Kaban. We support a primary grade school in Kaban and are so pleased that out of all students enrolled, 51% are girls! This has not always been the case due to practical and cultural reasons. Historically, girls were expected to stay at home and help with chores such as gathering firewood, finding water and watching their siblings. As the Alliance started partnering with villages to build primary grade schools, one of our top priorities was to establish Village Education Councils.
The councils are comprised of members from the village, including women. They work with Alliance staff to set the education goals for the village AND share the information they learn with others. And, one of the key pieces of information they learn is how important it is for all children to receive an education.
We especially love the photo of the little 3 year old who just loves going to school because she is already learning to read and write.
A few quick facts from a UNESCO 2013 fact sheet:
Educated women are less likely to die in childbirth.
Mothers' education improves child nutrition
Girls with higher levels of education are less likely to have children at an early age.
Girls with higher levels of educaiton are less likely to get married at an early age.
YOUR SUPPORT CHANGES LIVES!
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