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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
Zoenabou
Zoenabou

Hello Global Giving friends.  This is Zoenabou, from l’Ecole Nationale des Enseignants du Primaires (ENEP) in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso.  Thanks to your generous support, I am in my first year of primary school teacher training.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to receive this training.  Following an unwanted pregnancy four years ago, I was obliged to leave home and to go live with other relatives.  Life has not be easy for my child and me.  When I heard of the possibility of a teacher training scholarship from Assn NEEED, I had to ask a neighbor for money in order to complete my application. 

My commitment to teaching children is strong.  The development of my country is only possible through the education of its youth, both boys and girls.  To everyone who supports Assn NEEED with these scholarships, I am so thankful to have been given this chance to contribute to the education of the next generation of children in Burkina Faso.

 

And for myself, Safieta, I am also a first year student at the National Training School for Primary School Teachers.  I finished my secondary education with an emphasis in science.  My parents are indigent and unable to help me pursue my studies.  With the scholarship I received from Assn NEEED, following the completion of two years of training, I will earn a Certificat Elémentaire d’Aptitude Pédagogique (a diploma in primary school teaching).  I adore this profession as it will allow me to be in permanent contact with children.  As well, it will enable me to support myself and to take care of my family.

 

On behalf of these young women and all of the eight women who received teacher training scholarships this year thanks to donations you have made to enable them to become teachers, our heartfelt thank you !  It takes a village to give them this opportunity and you are part of that big and wonderful village.

Safieta
Safieta
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2018 Primary School Teacher Trainees
2018 Primary School Teacher Trainees

On this day of generous giving, please help a bright young village woman from a subsistence farming family in Burkina Faso to become a primary school teacher.   This year, over 200 young women in northern Burkina Faso applied for scholarships to enable them to enroll in primary school teaching training.  Because they come from very poor families, their only hope of receiving postsecondary training is dependent upon receiving a scholarship to do so.  The cost of their two-year teacher training is $1,540, including school fees, materials and living expenses. 

The accompanying photo is of the 15 young women that Friends of Burkina Faso was able to provide scholarships to this year, in collaboration with Association NEEED in Burkina. 

Of the 120 young women whose scholarships we (Friends of Burkina Faso) have supported in the past nine years, 118 have either graduated and are working or are currently in training: 98% success by highly motivated and qualified young women.   Your donation is an investment in the future of young rural women in Burkina Faso.  Your donation will make a profound difference in a young village woman’s life.

On behalf of these young women, our sincere gratitude and our very best wishes to you this holiday season.

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

“No society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered.”  Melinda Gates, Co-chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Emma, 2nd year teacher trainee
Emma, 2nd year teacher trainee

Emma and Alima are two of 15 young women who received scholarships for primary school teacher training last year thanks to this project.  They are entering their second year of training this year:  practice teaching in the classroom.   Both come from subsistence farming families.  They are in teacher training thanks to their academic success in secondary school and to the postsecondary scholarships they have received from generous GlobalGiving donors and others.   They are passionate about teaching young children and are extremely grateful for the opportunity to receive teacher training.

Of the 105 young women whose teacher training scholarships we have supported in the past eight years, 90 have graduated and are teaching and thirteen are in their second year of training: 98% success among highly motivated and capable young village women.   We are most appreciative of the opportunities given these young women and we are proud of their hard work and accomplishments.  Coming from subsistence farming families, their only hope for postsecondary educations is through the modest scholarships offered to them, thanks to our GlobalGiving partners to this project.

As we embark on the 2018-2019 school year, thanks to the generosity of GlobalGiving donors, we are supporting teacher training scholarships for 15 young women.   We will share photos of these happy young women in the very near future.

We invite you to celebrate the International Day of the Girl by donating generously to teacher training for young village women in northern Burkina Faso.  These women will enable the government to further extend primary school education in the villages and they will be role models for future generations of young village girls.

Alima, 2nd year teacher trainee
Alima, 2nd year teacher trainee
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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
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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
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