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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
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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Did you know that over the past three years, our GlobalGiving partners have generously supported scholarships to 43 young village women for primary school teacher training in northern Burkina Faso?  And that 26 scholarships were distributed in this school year alone, largely because of your generous support to a Youth Spark bonus day earlier this year?


Over the past three years, the Postsecondary Education for Girls Project – run by Friends of Burkina Faso’s local partner, Association NEEED – has benefitted from the GlobalGiving Youth Spark campaign, a donation-matching campaign supported by Microsoft on a few select days each year.


Today, Wednesday, October 7, Microsoft’s Youth Spark campaign will hold its last matching campaign with GlobalGiving.


The campaign will run from 12 noon until midnight EDT and $75,000 in matching funds are available.  Donations of up to $1,000 per donor will be matched on a pro-rated basis.  Matching funds will be available throughout the entire 12 hours of the campaign – so don’t fret if you cannot donate in the first 15 minutes of the campaign.  You have a full 12 hours to make an impactful multiplying investment.


You should also know that Association NEEED is making a final selection of students for this school year which begins October 12.  Within the next month, we will begin sharing photos and stories of these future primary school teachers whose scholarships you, our GlobalGiving partners, have so generously provided.  We can’t wait and we hope you can’t either!


But for now, we ask for your continued support to bring the reality of education to more young qualified women in northern Burkina Faso.  Even though we’ve been able to greatly increase the number of women who have the chance to become teachers for tomorrow’s rural youth in Burkina, the wait list is still longer than our funds allow.  We want to do more but we can only do it with your support.


Wednesday, October 7 (that’s today, noon till midnight EDT), please make a generous donation to this project.  These well-selected teacher training candidates have excellent academic backgrounds and great enthusiasm for becoming educators of the youth in Burkina.  They only need financial support to reach their goals – and today during this matching campaign, your financial support can go even further than it normally would.  A win-win for all.


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If you know of anyone else who would be interested in supporting girls’ education in Burkina, please let them know of this opportunity. 


Thanks for helping us achieve a multiplier effect for this important work.


Suzanne Plopper


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Grades are in for primary school teacher trainees this school year in Burkina Faso.  All 17 primary school  teacher trainees (three of which were in their second year of training and have now graduated and 14 who have just completed their first year of training) supported by you, our GlobalGiving partners, have passed their year-end exams.  Such incredible and motivated young women!   For those who have graduated, the next step is to pass the civil service test to be admitted into government service and then to be assigned to rural primary schools where the need is greatest.  

The government of Burkina Faso works hard to offer a primary school education for all rural children.  Reaching this goal will take time. The young women whose teacher training we are supporting not only adds to the cadre of teachers available to these village primary schools.   It also encourages large villages with no primary school to build simple mud and thatch structures so that their children can qualify to have teachers. 

Considering the success of the young women in teacher training, who began their educations as students in village primary schools, your scholarship support is paying off in multiple ways: providing an opportunity for qualified young women to achieve training in a field they feel passionate about, enabling them to become teachers and leaders in their communities, and contributing to the expansion of primary school education in the villages of northern Burkina Faso.  

According to Association NEEED who has very effectively run girls’ education programs (from primary through secondary and more recently postsecondary) for the past 16 years for village girls in the region, the number of young women who qualify for postsecondary training is growing each year.  Last year, over 200 qualified village girls requested scholarships for postsecondary training because their parents, who are poor farmers with subsistent incomes, could not at all help pay for their training, including living away from home. 

Association NEEED is currently accepting applications for scholarships for the next school year and will soon need to determine the number of young qualified young women to whom they can offer scholarships in the coming school year.  With your help, we hope to be able to offer 20 scholarships this year.

Our sincere appreciation for your support for these young women.  It makes a huge difference: whether they will return to their villages to continue their family’s traditional farming or become teachers, role models and leaders for the next generation of rural children.

We welcome your questions, suggestions and ideas about this program.

Thank you!!

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Good news: on #GivingTuesday 2014, we raised just shy of$19,000 which will fund 12 young women with 2-year scholarships next school year to train as primary school teachers.  And in that competition, our project placed 9th out of 513 projects participating!  Ninth place. $19,000!  So an immense thank you for mobilizing your resources and networks to make that happen. 

With the arrival of spring, we’ve just been alerted to another bonus day competition that this project can take part in as part of the Youth Spark campaign.  The big day is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14- and coincidentally a great day to think about putting some of those tax refunds to good use. 

At 9am EDT (6am PDT) tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, $100,000 in matching funds will be released. Donations will be matched 50% up to $1,000 per donor, per project. As usual, bonus prizes will be awarded to the projects with the most unique number of donors.  So the more we spread the word and encourage other donors to give, the more our project stands to gain during the competition.   An important reminder: in GlobalGiving competitions, matching funds always go very, very fast.  Usually within the first 10 minutes!!!!! 

So we’re asking you to make a special donation tomorrow, Tuesday (4/14), and we’re asking you to set your alarms to do so at 9am EDT (6am PDT) sharp!

Why do we ask you time and time again to join us in this endeavor?  It’s easy.    Every young woman who has received one of our scholarships has successfully completed her training (or is currently successfully engaged in her training) and all graduates have gone on to secure a teaching job upon graduation.  Every single one! All of our graduates are now teaching in rural areas of Burkina, in the kinds of communities where-without the opportunities that donors like you have been providing them through the years-they might never have had a chance to go to school in the first place.

But they did, they did well, and now as teachers and as role models, they show other girls, their families and their communities what’s possible.  Now that’s high impact investing!

The other reason we are so excited about tomorrow’s bonus day opportunity is that as much as we’ve been able to raise so far, funding 20 teacher training scholarships in 2014, there were 158 eager and qualified young women who were turned away from this opportunity, simply due to a lack of funds.

So we see tomorrow’s competition as a great chance to fund more women to get a post-secondary education in teaching.  We hope you’ll agree and we hope you’ll join us!

We raised $19,000 last December.  Can we raise $25,000 tomorrow?!  I challenge you, I challenge the women we support-I challenge all of us to do our best for the future of Burkina Faso! 

Please set your calendar reminders for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, 9 am EDT / 6am PDT and have your donations matched 50%.  And ask a friend or two to join in this amazing opportunity.

On behalf of the Friends of Burkina Faso and NEEED, thank you in advance for your support!


Suzanne Plopper, Project Leader

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Six of our 2014 scholarship recipients
Six of our 2014 scholarship recipients

A Double Benefit


Thanks to your generous support, these six young women (Haoua, Pascaline, Maimounata, Liliane, Hawa and Marietou) are in their first year of training at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso.  These serious and spirited young women are committed to their future careers as primary school teachers.   Upon completion of their two-year training, they will be assigned to village primary schools in their region, enabling the government to extend primary school education to additional villages: both an individual and a societal benefit of their educations.   

As these young women successfully approach the end of their first semester of training, they talk of their strong desire to “share their knowledge with children and help them in their education”.  As Hawa said, “Contributing to the education of young children is an immense joy for me”.  Haoua added that she plans to work with village parents, many of whom are illiterate, to encourage them to send their daughters as well as their sons to school, saying she will help parents with school costs when necessary and possible.   All of these future teachers have expressed great appreciation for the opportunity given them to achieve professional teacher training and have emphasized the importance of encouraging parents to enroll their children in primary school.

As young women supported by this project come from indigent farming families, their scholarships are the thread that enables them to gain access to teacher training.  Your support of young women like Haoua, Pascaline, Maimounata, Liliane, Hawa and Marietou enables them to reach their dream of becoming primary school teachers and enables the government to expand educational opportunities to a growing number of village primary schools.

We are most grateful for your support for primary school teacher training scholarships for all 14 young women this year.  Together, we hope to raise this number to 20 next school year.  As always, we welcome your questions and comments about any aspect of this project. (You can contact me at  And we invite you to share your knowledge and support for these young women with friends, family and colleagues.


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Suzanne Plopper
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