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Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso

by Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)
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
Emma Marie Rose
Emma Marie Rose

 "There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls". Kofi Annon, former U.N. Secretary General

The school year is coming to a close in Burkina Faso and Assn. NEEED informs us that of the 12 young women supported by Friends of Burkina Faso and GlobalGiving this year, 10 have successfully completed their first year of training.  (The second year students will do practice teaching for another month.)  One student will repeat her first year due to a long illness, and one student failed in her studies.

The following three students wish to share with you their stories and their gratitude for your generous support:

Emma Marie Rose.  My parents are subsistence farmers.  When I told them that I received a scholarship from Assn NEEED and Friends of Burkina Faso to be trained as a primary school teacher, my father killed a chicken and my mother prepared rice to celebrate this news.  My training went very well this year.  I am very grateful for your support and I wish to encourage you in your support of the education of young women like me whose only hope for such training is through the generosity of your donors!

Zalissa.   My father has four wives and 21 children.  In a poor and polygamous family like mine, it is very difficult to contemplate access to any education.  Thanks to Assn NEEED and Friends of Burkina Faso, I am in my first year of primary school teacher training.   I thank you very much for what you have allowed me to become today and for what I will become tomorrow.

Felicite.  I am in my first year of training to be a primary school teacher.  I am one of five children in my family.  When my older sister was 13 and in 8th grade, she got pregnant.  She was forced to leave home, and school, to live with the father of her child.  Due to my family’s poverty, I also had to leave school.  Fortunately, I received a scholarship from Assn. NEEED.  My family is counting on me to pay for the schooling of my three younger siblings.  I promise you that I will work hard and merit the confidence you have placed in me.

On behalf of all of the young Burkinabe women whose educations you have supported, I want to add my deepest gratitude for your giving them this opportunity.  Not only are they, with rare exceptions, achieving their goals but they are also setting an outstanding example for their younger peers, and their parents, for what they can achieve.  Thank you for your past and continued support!

Zalissa
Zalissa
Felicite
Felicite
Risnata
Risnata

Ever wonder what a $1,540 teacher training scholarship means to a young village woman in northern Burkina Faso?  The students (12 this year) who receive the scholarships to which you generously contribute are carefully selected based on their academic ability, their expressed commitment to teaching AND on their need for financial assistance in order to enroll in primary school teacher training.  

Three first-year students wish to express their deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving donors for their scholarships which have given them the opportunity to train as primary school teachers.

Risnata.  I am a 21 year old 1st-year student at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training in Ouahigouya (northern Burkina Faso).  I am an orphan: I lost both of my parents.  It is with much emotion and a heart full of joy that I write to you to say Thank You for your invaluable support.  Your assistance will help me to become the responsible person I want to become at the end of my training.  The training is going well and I am very proud to be able to benefit from it.  A huge Thank You for your support.

Zalissa.  I am 20 years old, single, and in my first year at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training in Ouahigouya.  Sincerely, I am very very happy to have your support.  This year’s training focuses on theory (including general principles of pedagogy and their specific application to teaching all primary school subjects; and professional ethics).  I will spend next year practice teaching in the classroom.  Honestly, it is thanks to your support that I am in this training program and will be a teacher, and a responsible woman, at the end of my training.

Hadjaratou.  I am 22 years old and I have a two-year old child.  I am in my first year of training at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training. I am very grateful to Association NEEED and its partners (including Friends of Burkina Faso and GlobalGiving donors) for the support I have received, allowing me to train to become a primary school teacher.  Without that, I would not have been able to have this training.  Thanks to your support, I hope to become a model teacher.  Thank you!

On behalf of these young women and their fellow trainees whose education you are supporting, thank you for your past and continuing support!

Zalissa
Zalissa
Hadjaratou
Hadjaratou
2017 scholarship recipients in teacher training
2017 scholarship recipients in teacher training

On behalf of the young women in northern Burkina Faso who have benefitted from the generous donations of GlobalGiving donors in 2017, I want to thank you for your support for the postsecondary/training scholarships for these young women.  Thanks to your donations, 12 young women who never dreamed of entering primary school at age six have enrolled this year in primary school teacher training.  With over 200 qualified candidates each year, competition is keen for the scholarships that your donations provide.  Major criteria for receiving a scholarship are academic performance and financial need.  All of these young women come from subsistence farming families.

A special thanks to our recurrent donors for your continuing support.  Your monthly donations provide the foundation for our scholarships.  We encourage more of you to become monthly recurrent donors.

What does it cost for a young village woman to become a primary school teacher?   The scholarships cost $1,540 for two years of primary school teacher training.  This pays for school fees and materials, lodging, food and incidentals. 

Of the 105 young women who have received our scholarships since 2010, all but one have completed their training and are teaching or are currently in training.  Impressive: 99% success by bright, very motivated, hardworking and appreciative young women!

Once again, we thank you for your support in 2017, and we look forward to your continued support for the education of young village women in Burkina Faso.

We wish you all the best in 2018.

Nabo, a GlobalGiving scholarship recipient
Nabo, a GlobalGiving scholarship recipient

As the school year begins in Burkina Faso, we extend our sincere Thank You to our GlobalGiving partners.  Your generous donations this past year have made it possible for 15 young village women in Burkina Faso to enter primary school teacher training this fall.  The selections have been made by Association NEEED and the Ministry of Education and the young teacher trainees are about to embark on their professional training. 

We are proud that all but one of the 56 recipients of Friends of Burkina Faso/GlobalGiving scholarships in the past four years have successfully completed their training or are currently in training.  Proper selection of qualified and motivated young village women!

Nabo, who just completed her second year of primary school teacher training, explains what this primary teacher training consists of.  The first year of training includes educational theory and pedagogy applied to primary school education in French, math, earth science, life science and physical education; educational psychology; professional ethics; laws governing primary school education; and a dissertation. 

 The second year of training focuses on practice in the classroom. The trainee is assigned to a primary school and spends the year in all six grades: 1) observing classroom teachers teaching their classes, and 2) putting into practice their own knowledge gained from their first year of instruction and from their observations of teachers.

At the end of training, students take a comprehensive exam in order to be certified, followed by a civil service exam in order to be hired by the government.

Nabo describes her two years of training as a very positive experience and thanks Friends of Burkina Faso/GlobalGiving donors for making it possible.  She looks forward to being assigned to a primary school this fall and to being able to assist her family financially.

On behalf of our scholarship recipients, we thank you for your past and continued support for the postsecondary education of these deserving young women.

Seydata
Seydata

Tomorrow, July 12, is GlobalGiving’s biggest Bonus Day of 2017! Don’t miss your chance to maximize your support for girls’ education in Burkina Faso this year. Starting at 9am EDT (6am PDT), you have two ways to contribute:

One Time Donation: To make a one-time donation to the Postsecondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso Project, go to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-fasoYour donation will be matched 50% up to $1,000! Bonus prizes will be awarded to the projects with the most unique number of donors so please spread the word on email or all of your social media channels! The more other donors give, the more our project stands to gain during the competition. Matching funds always go very, very fast-often within the first 10 minutes of the competition!!!! So please set your alarms to 9am EDT (6am PDT) sharp and donate early and quickly!

Recurring Donation: To become a recurrent donor to the this project, go to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso. Now is the time as tomorrow only, all new recurrent donors’ donations will be matched 100% up to $100 for the first three months! 

Whichever way you choose to support the Friends of Burkina Faso, know that your funds go far and leave a lasting impact on the young women we invest in.

Your funds directly support the postsecondary training of young women like Seydata and Risnata, young women who have overcome huge challenges in their lives. Both are completing their primary school teacher training now. Seydata is the youngest of 11 children. Orphaned at 14, she had to provide for herself. Seydata did domestic work for a family until the head of household threatened to abuse her. In her search of training for productive employment, she was awarded one of our GlobalGiving scholarships. Not only has she escaped a dangerous and vulnerable situation that could have taken her down an all-too predictable path, she feels so lucky and thankful for the opportunity to work with young children as a primary school teacher.

Risnata comes from a subsistence farming family. Her father died when she was seven and her mother had to marry one of his brothers in order to keep her children together. Following middle school, Risnata rose at 5am to prepare and sell street food on the side of the road to pay for her evening classes. But now, thanks to GlobalGiving donors like you, she is completing her postsecondary education in primary school teaching and is looking forward to paying it forward one day. Once she is employed as a teacher, she promises to support the educational expenses of another indigent girl for postsecondary training. “Dear partners of Association NEEED, you saved my life and I will never forget it. Please accept with love these small but noble words: Thank you!”

Tomorrow, you can help us create more success stories like Seydata and Risnata.

Please have the https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso webpage open and ready to go at 9am EDT (6am PDT) tomorrow. And then, please give as generously as you can. Help us continue to make a lasting impact in the lives of young women in northern Burkina Faso!

In their “small but noble words” THANK YOU! Thank you in advance for helping us to make the best use of this year’s Bonus Day on GlobalGiving! And please spread the word wide and far! 

Risnata
Risnata
 

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