The 09-10 school year just started in Mali. Ramadan is over, as well as the rainy season, so families and teachers are ready to get students back in the classrooms. Thanks to the generous donations that we have received for education, the Alliance is sponsoring a 5 day training next week that will focus on helping teachers successfully make the transition between Bambara and French in their classrooms.
Education - especially for girls - has seen innovations in Mali over the last few years. We are happy to inform you that 56% of girls in OUA villages are enrolled in school. Nationally, only 34% of girls are enrolled. There is still a long way to go, but this is tremendous progress!
Village leaders are starting to see great impact on the overall development of their communities. The chief of Djemene, Niakale Samake, said, "we have a school thanks to the OUA and education is at the base of all development."
We join with the villagers in thanking you for your generous support. We are excited for a great school year - one in which many more girls will be attending, teachers will feel more confident in their interactive teaching methods, new schools will be built, and old ones repaired. We look forward to hearing from you and keeping you updated!