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
Aissa monitors students' work
Aissa monitors students' work

Aissa is a proud teacher in Yako in northern Burkina Faso. Following Aissa’s completion of her primary school teacher training, she passed government service exams and was assigned to her teaching post. Aissa teaches a third grade class of 64 students. Among the subjects she teaches are reading, arithmetic, biology, art, history, geography and singing. She takes very seriously her job of teaching her students and nurturing their development in the school environment.

Aissa comes from a family of eight children. Her father and mother are subsistence farmers.

Your generous donations to this project enable qualified young women like Aissa to fulfill their dreams of becoming teachers and role models for the next generation of rural children. Scholarship recipients are chosen on the basis of academic success and promise, motivation to become teachers, maturity AND financial need. None of the young women supported by our scholarships – and thus your generous donations – would be able to pursue primary school teacher training without the support of a scholarship to pay for their school fees, lodging and food: at a cost of $1,540/student. To date, your generous donations have made it possible for 44 young qualified village women to pursue primary school teacher training. We are most grateful to you, our partners, in supporting scholarships for these young women. Our goal for the next school year is to be able to support primary school teacher training for 25 of the over 200 young women who apply for these scholarships each year. We need your help to achieve this goal.
Our sincere appreciation for your past and continuing support.

Aissa prepares an exercise for her students
Aissa prepares an exercise for her students


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Thanks to the generous support of GlobalGiving donors, Risnata received one of our primary school teacher training scholarships in 2011-2012.  I met Risnata in 2011 while she was in primary school teacher training.  She and another young woman received the last two scholarships that NEEED and Friends of Burkina Faso had to offer that year.   Another young woman, who was an orphan, would have received the next scholarship had there been more funds.   Seeing this situation and knowing the challenges that orphans face, Risnata and her colleague very generously offered to each give half of their very modest scholarships to the third woman so that she would be able to enroll in teacher training.  THIS IS THE SPIRIT OF GIVING IN BURKINA FASO.  Risnata is now a proud teacher in a village primary school.  

I want to thank everyone who has donated to this girls’ postsecondary scholarship project this past year and for your continuing support in 2017.

Best wishes to you for a healthy, happy and productive 2017!


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As the new school year begins, we are proud to introduce to you three of the nine young women who have just begun their primary school teacher training thanks to GlobalGiving’s (that is your!) generous support.  Each of these young women represents Assn NEEED’s commitment to girls’ education and to the education of all village children in northern Burkina Faso.  These girls began their educations in village primary schools.  And they are now preparing to complete the circle by training to become primary school teachers and take up teaching assignments in rural villages, enabling the government’s expansion of primary school education in rural areas. 

Aguera is one of seven children in her family.  Her parents are subsistence farmers.  Aguera is the only child in her family who was allowed to go to school due to her parents’ lack of resources.  She is thrilled and proud to become a teacher as she has always held education in high esteem.

Mariam comes from a family of ten children of which she is the oldest.  Her parents are subsistence farmers.  Mariam is most grateful for her scholarship which allows her to pursue primary school teacher training and to be able eventually to help her younger siblings get an education.  She loves learning and she loves teaching others.

Oumou lives with her mother and two siblings.  Her father has been gone for six years and her mother prepares and sells small pastries in front of their home to support the family.   Oumou looks forward to teaching young children and to helping her mother and siblings.  She expresses great gratitude for having been given the opportunity to pursue teacher training.

On behalf of Aguera, Mariam and Oumou, we want to thank GlobalGiving donors for their scholarship support which has given these young women the only chance they had to pursue primary school teacher training. 

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It’s on now!  June 27 - July 1, during the Recurring Match Campaign, all new recurring donations to this project will be matched 100% up to $200 per donor on a one-time basis.  The recurring donation must last for at least three months after the initial donation (for a minimum of four donations total).  If you don’t like the mad rush of bonus day competition AND you were already planning to donate to this project sometime this year anyway, consider splitting up the amount you would have given otherwise and set up a recurring donation during this timeframe.  These funds quickly add up for FBF so we hope you’ll consider this avenue! And you can cancel at any time after the three to four months if you so choose-no strings attached!  Go to:

To quote the director of Association NEEED in Burkina who manages the Postsecondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso Project, « Scholarships are given specifically to girls of families with very little to no income.  Although our scholarships are very modest, the demand for them, by qualified candidates, has grown to 400-500 each year.   

Following their two-year training in primary school teaching, and entrance into the civil service, these young women are assigned to primary schools.  We have visited some of our former scholarship recipients and they are amazing. They have become young women who are able to take care of their needs, who are respected for their contributions to their communities, and who have begun supporting the educations of younger siblings.  All of these have been our objectives in giving them the opportunity to obtain postsecondary training in primary school teaching, a field so important to development in Burkina Faso. 

 We continue to seek your support so that we continue to offer teacher training scholarships to qualified girls with no other source of funds to pay for their training. »

The young women who have received GG scholarships have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to receive primary school teacher training.  They urge you to use the Recurring Match Campaign, June 27 - July 1, to maximize your support for the 2016 class of primary school teacher trainees.  With your generous donations, we aim to offer 30 scholarships this year.  Each two-year scholarship costs $1,540 which includes school fees, materials and living expenses.  Please go to:

We sincerely hope you’ll consider donating to girls’ education in northern Burkina, a project that has an amazing success rate and is truly changing individual lives one by one and we believe, will ultimately help change the course of development in Burkina Faso over time. Please join us!

On behalf of the teacher trainees and primary school teachers who have benefitted from GlobalGiving scholarships, our sincere thanks for your past and continuing support.

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From the director of Association NEEED in Burkina: “In most of our towns and rural areas of northern Burkina Faso, the number of girls who abandon their studies is growing.  More and more, capable young women drop out of school in search of money to pay for their most basic needs.  They work in very unsafe conditions in gold mines, as nannies and some resort to prostitution.

We have done small studies to discern the principal causes of girls dropping out of school.  Poverty is the principal reason.   Farming families in particular are unable to ensure adequate food for their families much less support the education of their children. 

It is in recognition of this rising school dropout rate among girls in our region, and our commitment to strengthen local development in Burkina, that we offer, with the support of our GlobalGiving partners, very basic postsecondary scholarships to qualified girls from the most impoverished families.  These scholarships are in the fields of primary school teaching, nursing and midwifery. 

We are extremely grateful for your support for the education of bright and deserving girls in our region.” 

Tomorrow, June 15, 9am – 11:59pm EST (6am – 8:59pm PST) is GlobalGiving’s biggest Bonus Day this year.  All donations to this project will be matched by 50% until matching funds ($110,000) run out.  Competition will be very high.  To ensure that your donation qualifies for the 50% in matching funds, please make your donation early-ideally within the first 10 minutes of the start of the competition (at:  on GlobalGiving’s web site) which begins: tomorrow June 15 at 9:01am EST (6:01am PST). Go here to donate:

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Location: Chester, CA - USA
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