Risanata thanks you for your support
Four hundred thirty-four girls are enrolled in the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie this school year, including 130 girls who are in their first year at the middle/secondary school. The following was written by a student who volunteered to share her story.
My name is Risanata. I am 18 years old and I am in class “1ere A”. (In the French educational system, Risanata is in the next to last year in secondary school, and has chosen a concentration in languages and literature). My classes include: philosophy, English, German, French, history, geography and math. Following secondary school, I hope to continue my studies in English or Geography.
I come from the village of Bissigaye, five km from the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (middle/secondary school) where I am a student. My father has three wives. My older brothers work digging for gold in the mines.
Each morning, I get up at 4am and with my sisters we go fetch water to fill the family’s canaries (large clay canisters) for the day. After that, I bathe and prepare for the day ahead. At 6am, I leave for school. I am in class from 7am to noon and from 3pm to 5pm. At noon, I eat at the canteen with my classmates. (Lunch consists of a plate of beans, rice or spaghetti.) Even if there were food at home at noon, with the distance I have to walk to school, and the heat (reaching 113 degrees this time of year), it would be very difficult to go home and come back to school in the afternoon.
The school canteen is really important to my, and my classmates’, ability to study. After lunch, we profit from the shade of the trees to study our course notes. We have established a system of tutoring in which students who master certain subjects assist other students who are more challenged in these subjects.
I would like to say Thank You to our generous partners who, through Association NEEED, help us in our studies and daily lives, with the knowledge that education is the motor of development.