Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso

by Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)
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Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Melicatou is grateful for her scholarship
Melicatou is grateful for her scholarship

Two of our scholarship recipients this year share their stories and their gratitude for the opportunity given them by GlobalGiving donors to obtain training in primary school teaching:

Greetings dear partners to my education,

My name is Melicatou.  I am 23 years old and the mother of one child.  I lost my mother when I was very young and soon after my father left for Ivory Coast, leaving my younger brother and me with his brother.  My uncle forced me to marry one of his friends, becoming the second wife of this man who was the age of my father and a farmer.  He beat me often.  Each of us wives had to provide for our own children.  Finally, my maternal uncle intervened and encouraged my husband to let me pursue my studies.

After receiving my secondary school diploma, I applied for a scholarship from Global NEEED Burkina to receive primary school teacher training and was accepted.  I want to express my profound gratitude for this scholarship.  I don’t know what I would have become without this chance to receive teacher training.  I so encourage you to continue your support for other young women who are in similar situations as I was.  I look forward to becoming a teacher, to helping my family, and to taking better care of my child.  Your scholarship funds contribute enormously to the reduction of poverty and misery in all of its forms. 

Best regards to all of your respective families.  Long live Global NEEED Burkina, GlobalGiving and Friends of Burkina Faso.

 

My name is Mariam.  I am 22 years old.  I received a scholarship this year from Global NEEED Burkina and Friends of Burkina Faso through GlobalGiving.  I am in my first year of training at the National Training School for Primary School Teachers in Ouahigouya.  I have one sister and three brothers.  My father died some years ago.  My mother collects sand at the edge of the road and sells it in order to pay for my education (from primary through secondary school). 

I look forward to completing my training and working as teacher so that I can take care of my family and my mother can rest. 

I appreciate very much all that you all are doing for me and the other girls in my situation.  Most sincerely, without my scholarship, I don’t know what I would have become.  I ask for your continuing support for the many other girls who need assistance so that they can make something of themselves and teach the next generation of children in our country.

Thank you, thank you and thank you again.  God will reward your generosity and kindness one hundred times over.

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Nafissatou, a proud and grateful future midwife
Nafissatou, a proud and grateful future midwife

This year, your generous donations are supporting scholarships for six young women to receive midwifery training and four to receive primary school teacher training.  With the government’s current goal to improve maternal health by extending midwifery services farther into rural areas, Burkina Faso is both upgrading midwifery training and seeking to train more midwives.  Thanks to your generous support, the following young women are two of the six who entered midwifery training this year with GlobalGiving/Friends of BurkinaFaso/Global NEEED scholarships.

My name is Nafissatou.   In am 23 years old and a midwifery student at the National School for Public Health in Ouahigouya.  My father, who is deceased, had four wives.  From a young age, knowing women in my village who suffered through pregnancies and some who died during delivery has made me want to become a midwife and give women better care.  My only chance to achieve my goal came when Global NEEED awarded me a scholarship.  Following my three years of training, I promise to give my very best; to apply all I’ve learned to serve humanity; and to make my family, my GlobalGiving sponsors and Global NEEED proud.  I thank you and I pray that you will be able to assist other young women who share my goal but can only achieve it with outside help.

My name is Aguiratou.  I am 22 years old and a first-year midwifery student.  My parents are farmers.  I have two sisters and two brothers.  My parents have sacrificed all they have to enroll us in school.  During the rainy season, we farm to have enough food and to sell the surplus to support our educations.  It is thanks to Global NEEED and their GlobalGiving partners that I am able to study midwifery, a profession I love.  Following my training, I look forward to working as a midwife, to helping my parents and to honoring Global NEEED and its partners.  I have no words to fully express my gratitude to Global NEEED and their GlobalGiving partners for giving me this opportunity which I would not otherwise ever have.  THANK YOU!

Aguiratou, a proud and grateful midwifery student
Aguiratou, a proud and grateful midwifery student
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Raketa
Raketa

Mark your calendars: on July 15, GlobalGiving will match donations to this project as follows: 15% for donations from $100 -$499; 30% for donations from $500-$749; and 50% for donations from $750-$1,000.  This is an excellent opportunity to increase the value of your donation to the postsecondary education of young village women in Burkina Faso.  Details of this Bonus Day will be forthcoming in July.

Now, please meet Raketa, one of our outstanding scholarship recipients in 2015-2017.  She shares with us her appreciation for her scholarship which enabled her to become a teacher, and her experience as a teacher.

 To my very dear partners,

My name is Raketa.  I received one of your primary teacher training scholarships from 2015-2017.  My first year of training was in the classroom at the National School for Primary Teacher Training.   My second year consisted of supervised practical training in a primary school. It was at this point that I began to appreciate the realities of teaching. I am now a teacher at a government primary school in the village of Kingria.   I teach second grade, with a class of 99 students: 44 boys and 45 girls. 

I thank Friends of Burkina Faso and Association NEEED most sincerely.  You are the reason for my happiness.

 Concerns about the coronavirus pandemic led to the closing of the education system throughout Burkina (including the National School for Primary School Teacher Training where your donations support postsecondary scholarships for young women from indigent families) in March.  In mid-May, the Ministry of Education re-opened professional schools and the university and plans to re-open primary and secondary schools soon, adopting a calendar to enable students to complete the school year in August; and enable the next school year to begin in October.  Thus, our scholarship recipients will complete their training as planned and a new population of qualified young women from indigent families will vie for scholarships for the coming year to enable them to receive the training they need to become teachers and contribute to the expansion of the education of village children in Burkina.  

A special thank you for your past and continued support for these very deserving and hardworking young women!

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Korotimi, second year teacher trainee
Korotimi, second year teacher trainee

Village primary school teachers in Burkina Faso rise to the challenge of 100+ students in a classroom as the demande for education increases.  Korotimi, a teacher trainee whose training is supported by your GlobalGiving donations, shares her experience.

My name is Korotimi.  I am in my second year of training to become a primary school teacher. Last year, I completed my classwork at the National School for Primary School Teachers in Ouahigouya.  This year, I am doing my practicum with a first grade class under the supervision of a classroom teacher in the primary school in Gondologo.

We have 102 students in our class: 54 girls and 48 boys.  Class hours are Monday – Friday from 7:30 – 12:00 and 3:00 – 5:00.  I prepare my lessons every night and submit them to the classroom teacher for approval before teaching the class.  At the end of April, I will be evaluated by the classroom teacher and the school director.  Then I will return to the National School for Primary School Teachers to prepare for the final primary school teacher exam. 

My most sincere THANK YOU to all of the GlobalGiving donors who have accepted to support the cost of my training.  This means the world to me!

Korotimi with some of her students
Korotimi with some of her students
Korotimi teaching biology
Korotimi teaching biology
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Mariam
Mariam

My name is Mariam.  I am 25 years old.  Thanks to Assn NEEED, as a young child I was able to enter primary school with the help of the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project and my lambs supported my education through secondary school.  I graduated from secondary school in 2015 and was fortunate to receive a scholarship from Assn NEEED to primary school teacher training.  Today, I am a primary school teacher in a village.  My students are wonderful and love to learn.  We are like one big family.

Last year, I observed that a 9-year old student in my class could not focus on her studies and was mostly sleeping in class.  During recess one day, I talked with her and learned that her mother had died and her father married another woman who forced this young girl to do all of the domestic chores.  This kept her up late at night and got her up very early in the morning.  She was not able to complete school work nor learn her lessons.  I took the issue to my school director and we called her father in to meet with us and the president of the Parent Teachers Association.  Ultimately, the father understood that it is inappropriate to force his daughter to do all of the domestic chores, and he understood the importance of allowing his daughter time to study and to rest.  As a consequence, at the end of the year, this student scored 11th academically out of 96 students in my class.

These are the teachers your donations support:  young women who have been challenged themselves and who are serious about the education of the next generation of village children in Burkina Faso.

Mariam with her class
Mariam with her class
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Location: Chester, CA - USA
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Suzanne Plopper
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