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!
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!
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!
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.
The school year has ended in Burkina Faso and students’ academic results have been posted. Once again, the young women whose training scholarships you have generously supported this year have all passed their exams and are looking forward to their second year of training. Two of these students wish to share with you their appreciation for your support, enabling them to receive this training.
My name is Aoua. It is with a heart full of joy that I write you this small note. I send you my most sincere greetings. Last year, I received one of your scholarships for primary school teacher training. I have just completed my first year and have been admitted to my second year of training. I am very appreciative for all that you have done for me and for the other girls. Truly, without this scholarship, I don’t know what I would have done in life. I would like to ask that you continue to support our scholarships because there are many other girls who are in difficult situations like mine and who need your support so that they may receive this training. Once again, thank you, thank you, and thank you again.
Dear GlobalGiving partners of Association NEEED. My name is Safietou. I am 20 years old. I have just completed my first year of training in the Ecole Nationale des Enseignants du Primaires (national school for training primary school teachers) in Ouahigouya. It is thanks to your support that I have been able to benefit from this scholarship for primary school teacher training. This has allowed me to realize my dearest dream: to become a teacher. With all my heart, I thank you very much. I would like to encourage your continuing support for the training of the next generations of teachers. Thank you and God bless you.
As we approach the upcoming school year, there are many (young women) candidates in northern Burkina Faso who are qualified to enter the national school for training primary school teachers but who have no resources to pay their fees nor to sustain themselves during their two years of training (at a total cost of $1,540). Our goal is to provide scholarships to 15 of these young rural women this upcoming school year. We ask for your generous support to make this happen.
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