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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

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:  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso/

2016 primary school teacher training graduates
2016 primary school teacher training graduates

Two Exciting Opportunities!

Two exciting opportunities in June for you to help us capture additional free funding for girls’ education in Burkina Faso: June 15 is Bonus Day (with 50% matching funds available); and a Recurring Match Campaign from June 27 - July 1!

The Key Details:

Next Wednesday, 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 (on GlobalGiving’s web site) which begins: June 15 at 9:01am EST (6:01am PST). Go here to donate:  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso/

During the Recurring Match Campaign from June 27 – July 1, all new recurring donations 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 the bonus day competition AND you were already planning to donate to FBF 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 anytime after the three to four months if you so choose-no strings attached!  Go to: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso/

Why Should You Give:

Thanks to our generous GlobalGiving donors, the young village women in the photo graduate from their primary school teacher training in June and look forward to being assigned to rural primary schools.  Another 26 young women will complete their first year of training in June, thanks to your support!  Each of these women will be responsible for a class of 60 or more students, contributing to the expansion of primary school education in rural Burkina Faso.  To quote Maimounata who recently completed her training, “Thanks to my scholarship, I have been able to live my dream: to be a teacher and to serve my country.  I teach second grade in a rural primary school and have 66 children in my classroom.  The children are happy and eager to learn.”

The young women who have received GG scholarships have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to advance primary school education in Burkina Faso.  They urge you to use the June 15 Bonus Day, and the Recurring Match Campaign, 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.

In this day and age of crowdfunding, where so many people and organizations are connecting directly with donors offering up a dizzying array of options for support, we know you have many choices for how to invest your valuable resources-and it can sometimes seem overwhelming. However, we sincerely hope you’ll consider donating to our project, one 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.

Salimata de N
Salimata de N

The name Salimata is a very popular woman’s name in Burkina Faso. Thus, it is not surprising that I share with you recent stories from two Salimatas who completed their primary school teacher training together in 2015, and asked that I share with you their new experience as teachers. While in training, they became known as Salimata de N and Salimata de O.


Salimata de N: I began my teaching career this school year in Leba/Zondoma, located 30 km from Ouahigouya (the largest town in northern Burkina Faso). Leba/Zondoma has a population of about 3,740, of which 1,090 are school age children. It has two primary schools and a secondary school.


I teach a first grade class of 49 students (19 girls and 30 boys). I share lodging at the school with three other female teachers and enjoy spending my time preparing my courses, teaching them and correcting student homework. I love teaching and am very grateful to Global Giving donors who have made my training possible.


Salimata de O: I teach second grade in the village of Zamyoro, 23 km from Ouahigouya. Zamyoro has a population of about 620, of which almost 270 are children. My primary school has 103 students, three teachers and three classrooms. I have a class of 75 second graders (38 boys and 37 girls). Our school cannot accept more than the current 103 students due to its poor infrastructure. We have to turn children away and many of them find their way to the gold mines to try to get a little money for their families.


I teach from 7:30 am – noon and 2 – 4 pm. I organize special sessions some afternoons for children who need extra help. A major problem for me and the other teachers, and students, is the lack of potable water at the school. Both students and teachers must go one km away to obtain water from a well.


Thank you GlobalGiving donors. I hope you will continue to help young women like myself to be trained as teachers so that we can teach the children in our village primary schools.

Salimata de O
Salimata de O
Village girls starting school/in teacher training
Village girls starting school/in teacher training

All of our scholarship recipients come from indigent village families.  In nearly all cases, fathers are subsistence farmers in the Sahel.  In several cases, the father is deceased.   In all cases, mothers are “housewives” which means that they walk miles every day to find wood to cook with and water for drinking, cooking and bathing for their families; and they work in their husbands’ fields.  Most students have between 4 and 8 siblings.  In many cases, these young women are the first in their families to attend school.  In a short while, thanks to you, our generous GlobalGiving partners, they will be teachers for the next generation of village children in the region they came from. 

 These young village women have earned their access to primary school teacher training by being at the top of their class.  Once trained, they will be assigned as teachers in village primary schools. 

 Receiving primary school teacher training is not only rewarding and productive for the individual scholarship recipients but for villages as well.  In addition to our students’ commitment to become the best teachers they can be, these young women have a strong commitment to serve as positive role models to village parents and children.  The presence of an increasing number of young women teachers in village primary schools in northern Burkina Faso is already beginning to have a positive effect on villagers’ perceptions of women’s roles and of the future of young girls whose parents support their education.  

 Among this year’s scholarship recipients, nearly all cite two secondary roles once they become teachers.  First, advocating with village parents to send their children to school.  Second, helping village women acquire skills to enable them to develop small markets for local goods.

We are contributing to the training of a remarkable group of young women who are dedicated to the future of both the younger generation and to the improvement of living conditions of their families.  These young teacher trainees are profoundly grateful for your support in this endeavor and hope that you will lend a generous hand to next year’s girls qualifying for postsecondary education.

Risnata loves learning how to help children learn.
Risnata loves learning how to help children learn.

I want to share with you four of the 26 primary school teachers whose training you, our GG partners, are supporting this year.  These young women, all from villages in northern Burkina Faso, are grateful to be given the opportunity to be trained as primary school teachers.  Because their parents are subsistence farmers, they had no avenue but their scholarships to receive this training.

This project has been spectacularly successful: 30 of our 78 scholarship recipients have graduated and are teaching and 48 are currently in training.  100% success to date.   

This holiday season is a particularly good time to support young village women who aspire to become primary school teachers in Burkina.  During GlobalGiving’s Year-End Campaign, $10,000 in bonus grants are available beginning December 1 and running through December 31.   To qualify for bonuses, we must raise at least $3,000 from 30 donors.  Recurrent donations initiated before December 1 this year do not qualify.

We are looking to increase the number of scholarships for primary school teacher training to 35 next year.  We hope that you will share our goal.  Through GlobalGiving, you may make your donation in honor of a family member, special friend or colleague.  Your support for primary school teacher training in Burkina enables the government to extend primary school education to more and more village children.

Thank you for your support for these dedicated young women.

Suzanne Plopper

Habibou is committed to the education of youth.
Habibou is committed to the education of youth.
Fatimata enjoys working with & teaching children
Fatimata enjoys working with & teaching children
Salamata has always wanted to be a teacher.
Salamata has always wanted to be a teacher.
 

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Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)

Location: Chester, CA - USA
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Suzanne Plopper
Chester, CA United States
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